Hermès Bag A Guru? Anita Goa Proves It’s Possible

March 26, 2018 by
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I probably fell in love with handbags in 2001 when I bought the Balenciaga ‘Motorcycle’ bag, but I can’t recall when I became obsessed with the Hermès Birkin bag. All I knew is it would be mine one day. It was about saving $5,000, choosing the size, color, and leather. I would order it and be on the waitlist and wait for the day the Hermès store called to let me know it was ready for pick up.

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I woke up one morning to an e-mail from a former client of mine with the subject: “I have what you want.” Instantly I knew what the e-mail was about. I opened the e-mail, my heart almost stopped. There black on white in pure Hermes lingo, it read: “It’s cognac and 35 cm. Interested?” I immediately wrote back: “When can we meet?”
Hermes BirkinWe meet and exchange the Birkin bag for 10 yoga lessons! After the transaction I felt like the luckiest person in the world.

I am a yoga teacher and my work clothes are yoga clothes, but I was sure the bag would be a great workbag. A month went by and I had used the bag a few times. For some reason the bag didn’t feel right. My mind kept repeating like a Mantra: “I don’t think I like this bag.” I could feel something being stirred up inside me. All I could think of was that I had to get rid of the bag.

I threw the bag on the floor and “accidentally” stepped on it thinking I would like it better with a vintage look. My husband looked at me: “What are you doing?” Casually I answered: “I thought if I beat it up a bit I would like it better…” He shook his head: “What is wrong with you?”

I didn’t know, but intuitively I knew the Birkin bag was a Guru here to teach me something. “A good teacher,” according to Desikachar, “is a guide; he/she will show you that the answer is inside you. And there is a right answer.” I had a lot of questions, like: Was it un-yogic to wear such an expensive bag? Would I have to let go of any desire for expensive things?

It took a couple of years before a couple of right answers came:

1. I had conditioned myself to believe that life was about working hard and aquiring things that to me represented milestones, rewards in life for working hard and achieving goals. The Hermes Birkin bag represented a milestone to me.

2. The effect the bag has is incredible. People notice the bag before they notice you, and you are immediately looked at differently.

I own a lot of expensive designer handbags, but I never knew that a bag could send SUCH strong signals, but reality is a bag will show society your status, taste and personality.


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