An Uplifting, Heartfelt Letter from Greece (to Counter Mainstream Media’s Negativity)

Vivi Letsou - a letter from Greece

Editor’s Note: I have a dear friend who lives in Athens, Greece. Her name is Vivi Letsou and she is a beautiful soul and conscious entrepreneur who co-owns NYSY Yoga & Pilates Studio and Avocado Vegetarian Cafe with her amazing husband, Eraj. Vivi recently wrote me (and other friends) a beautiful letter that I thought you all should see, so I asked if we could republish it. Here is Vivi’s heartfelt perspective on the current situation in Greece.

Dear friends,


Thank you so much for your compassionate thoughts about us and the situation in Greece!

We are touched by your friendship and love. Since you seem to be wondering how we are dealing with this new phase of the socio-political and economic crisis here, allow me to share some of my personal experiences…

A little update on Greek reality from our POV…

It is true that things have been very volatile in Greece. People are experiencing direct hardships from the economic measures in their lives, but what makes things worst is the air of panic and fear stemming from the gloomy news bombardments. A sense of fear is daily cultivated and even the most optimistic of us have a challenging time maintaining our sense of balance and stability.

Things are always fine in the present moment; most of the people I know continue to live normal lives. Most of us have our basic needs covered. Food. Shelter. Family support. All those have been taken care of for most of my close friend and relatives.

But there is admittedly a lot of hardship around as well. Senior citizens are hit the hardest with their pensions being cut, and the health system failing to meet their needs adequately. Farmers continue to do their work, as with my relatives picking peaches that are now in season, without knowing if they will actually get paid for the crops they turn in. At the yoga studio our business has been steadily declining, and this week, naturally, it has dropped drastically.  If we manage to pay our teachers’ salaries and rent this summer, we will be more than happy.


Business at Avocado Vegetarian Cafe is better, but there too we have been facing great challenges.  The good news is that tourists who have become the main staple of our business continue to come to Athens and enjoy their meals at Avocado, up until this last week that is. This week with the banks being closed, challenges are on the rise.

Firstly, the situation and the way it is portrayed in the media, stops many foreigners from vacationing in Greece. Another tough challenge is that we cannot procure the proper supplies for many of our dishes, because many of our suppliers cannot fulfill orders due to the bank transaction blocks.

On the other hand, one of the heart warming things that have transpired is the chance to witness the amazing solidarity among us. All of our young team members at NYSY and Avocado continue to be courageous, enthusiastic, and positive. They really nurture a lot of support for one another, acting as if all of us are indeed one family. They look to us to assure them that all will be fine, and since this is the way I feel, I tell them not to worry.  As a business and as a team we will endure and survive. We truly will be fine. We will also take care of our families, customers, each other, and  our country in the best way possible.

This is where it is today with us. I am personally curious to see if my personal attitude which has always been extremely upbeat and optimistic will prove to be erroneously naive at the end, or if the universe is indeed made of light and goodness, and these two values will actually prevail at the end. This present challenge will be telling.

Thank you so much for holding us in your thoughts and prayers, as we hold you dear in our hearts.

Love and infinite light,

Vivi

Vivi Letsou is an avid meditator, spiritual entrepreneur, and yoga and pilates teacher. She and and her husband, Eraj, are the owners of NYSY Yoga & Pilates studio and Avocado Vegetarian Café in Athens, Greece. If you visit either business, let them know you’re a Conscious Life News reader. 

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