Leena enjoyed her cerebrally stimulating stint for an MNC, flying to varied locations, working on brand and marketing strategies. As she rose higher in the corporate world and travelled around the country, she once made a detour to the Himalayas on one of her corporate travels.
The Leh festival shifted something in her as she watched varied performers in the backdrop of the sacred mountains. She returned back and requested a sabbatical which would she thought would last a few months. That never ended.
Her life flipped and she her discovered an inner gypsy which backpacked around the world, walking new lands, photographing, writing, soaking in varied cultures – the people, their music, their dance, their lives. Never would she return to the 9-5 corporate world even though she was offered hi paying positions in London, Singapore, Cairo, Jakarta, Shanghai and Bangkok! An existence which sets her soul free to follow her instincts and gut is more soul satisfying if not totally wallet-filling but the trade off has been worth it.
Going back to what she totally enjoyed when young – dancing has been rewarding. It’s a very slow process of delving into the body and shaping it to speak a certain language.
Todays world is rather disconnected with the body, the logical mind reigns supreme. Its almost an honour to devote ones life to the practice of dance and esp bellydance. As a student of life, artist and teacher of dance Leena decided to make a shift towards combining her knowledge of Belly Dance and the body with the practice of inner discovery. We can only know ourselves by getting in touch with our body since the body never lies; it gives us insight and wisdom about our deepest self.
Today gastrointestinal research has revealed that we have two brains, one in our head and one in our gut. Far more than a mindless organ of digestion, our belly contains a nervous system so neurologically similar to the brain in both structure and functioning, it is called our second brain. This second brain is not the seat of conscious thoughts or decision-making, it is charge of something we understand as gut instinct or gut feeling. We store many of our emotions in our bellies. Traditional systems of medicine tell us that the abdomen is the powerhouse of the body and that all ailments result from an imbalance in the abdominal area.
Mastering the Art of Bellydance is a slow one.
A continuous one to reach perfection which one can only be aimed for but never reached.
Leena photographed and published some her travel epilogues in JetWings, Outlook Traveller among others. Here is a glimpse of her adventure.