Simplicity.

Ramblings

I remember this moment perfectly. I had just arrived to a friend’s house in Cornwall & was completely caught off guard by how beautiful his home was, right along the coast of the Atlantic Ocean. I was blown away, sitting, watching, taking it all in. Pure beauty & everlasting presence.

“It is important to expect nothing, to take every experience,

including the negative ones, as merely steps on the path, and to proceed.”

Ram Dass

I’ll toast to that.
Last summer, I went backpacking through Europe with my good friend, brother, kindred spirit. Our financial situation was not the same so eventually we had to split, which forced me to embark on a solo journey. (We split up in Split, Croatia) It was amazing and the best thing that could have happened to me. Although my parents were worried, I was not in danger once! However, I misplaced my passport twice, but both times it was necessary and it had to happen. So I’m glad it did! This was when I learned and understood that the universe is on our side, with us, in us. There’s no reason to be scared. I fully trust the universe to guide me through my journey. I guess this is the equivalent to fully trusting god, or even yourself. It’s however you want to look at it. The choice is up to you. Isn’t that religious freedom? Full circle.
I’m so grateful for this experience because I ended up planning at the very last minute, the key to spontaneity.  And I ended up in places like the picture above. It was amazing I felt like I was in a movie or a dream.
*When you have no expectations, everything is phenomenal and the most beautiful synchronicities will happen to you.

Everything will flow.

It’s so easy to forget the simplicity of it all. It is so simple, yet we make it difficult to listen, to see the clues, the ideas, to make the connections. I mean, its all laid out before us. It’s all right here… but when is the right time to intervene? When is my actual cue? How do I know when I’ve waited too long?
Becoming aware of it all makes for an interesting, beautiful experience, despite the ever nagging frustration that I  can’t seem to shake.
Ignorance is bliss. Ha! It really is, but that’s not where I am anymore. I’ve moved out of that experience and into this fresh one, which is brimming with introspection and some ridiculous analysis of my experience.
Despite my frustration, this truly is the human experience.

This is it!

A few years ago, when this whole realization was taking form, I consistently reminded myself of something very important:
Life is 10% what happens to you, and 90% how you react.

A nice grounding practice I like to do includes what I’ve just done: I’ve reminded myself of something productive that  I used to do, something that benefited my well-being. This quote sparked some major introspection and self-analysis when I first began repeating it to myself, which lead to awareness and compassion for others, and an entirely new perspective and experiences.

Everything is on time.

Eat a Rainbow – high vibrations & some root chakra analysis

Ramblings

Today was a good day.
I ate a rainbow.
And I introduced two beautiful plants into my home, a second basil plant and second rosemary.
The basil and rosemary I already have is planted in my mini patio garden, along with green onions, cilantro, strawberries, and ginger.
However, there is barely any growth!

So I thought, I’ll  just buy new ones and keep them separate. That way I am guaranteed to have some herbs on hand when I move out in the fall!
Plus, these are perfect because they’re already comfortable in their own cute container.

I really enjoy eating my meals while immersing in nature, so when I’m home, I like to eat with my plants.
I believe this could possibly be raising my vibration along with the rainbows I’ve been eating. Or maybe, I just believe in it so much that it actually works!
Whatever it may be, I feel great afterwards and just a little bit more connected with nature, with mother earth, with the divine.

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So vibrant and bright.

I’ve become more in tune with higher frequencies, which makes sense because I know for certain that I am not investing most of my energy in the lower three chakras anymore. I’ve realized that most people are dragging their feet whilst expending all of their energy in the lower energy centers.

For example, the first chakra at the perineum has to do with (in the most simple terms) security, feeling secure in all situations, and roots, feeling grounded and stable and strong. A friend of mine didn’t grow up so well in his mind. He had an unstable mother and an even more unstable home. Every time he is asked a question, a simple yes or no type of question, the defensive qualities of insecurity and instability overtake his thoughts and judgement, and suddenly, you feel like you’re in a life threatening debate. It’s almost unbearable, but a cry for help to say the least and I must recognize this. I can see the desperation in his eyes, the longing for a mother figure, as well as his “I’m a genuinely  happy person” front, which are all consequences of focusing all of his energy on his PROBLEMS and DESIRES.
The Buddhist teachings could not be more spot on with the phenomenon of suffering: desire is the root of all suffering.
Bam. 

He’s probably desired a mother ever since childhood, but he can’t see that he’s fully immersed in the mother at all times. This is because he is partially blinded by the gateway to the higher energy centers.

So how do you help someone like this to see that they are all they need? How do you guide a person to fully accept their past?
I can hear Maharaji advising Ram Dass (Richard Alpert):

Maharaji – “Love everyone, Ram Dass.”
Ram Dass  – “I cant.”
Maharaji – “Love everyone.”

Basically, this translates into….
Just do it. Find your love. – But do so in a gentle, comforting way. We, as humans, tend to forget that the body can hear and it’s listening. It hears every thought and if that thought is an angry inner voice yelling at yourself to get your shit  together, then the body will respond with an inner battle and stress, which we all know is very damaging to inner peace and overall well-being.
When you think you can’t do it, can’t love your worst enemy, to every part of your being that objects, say, “I love that you feel so strongly; look how passionate you’ve become!” And show yourself some love first because there is probably some unfinished business with the self.

Once I learned healthy self-talk, I moved on to understanding everyone’s perspective. And it’s gotten quite easy, actually.
If I am speaking to someone, I literally imagine how I am coming off to that person – it’s such a trip, it’s like viewing myself through their eyes.
And at the same time, I’m looking at them on a soul-level. I’ve done this so much in the past year, that I ONLY see people’s eyes now.

When someone is wearing makeup, I see eyes covered in goo.
When someone is wearing all Moschino errrthang (like this picture I saw of who I believe is that iggy  chick), I see eyes and LABELS.

It’s something I like to call, the gift of transparency!

How do I know all of this? Because I have surpassed the discomfort of self consciousness and transformed it into the loving, welcoming arms of self awareness, which can be found within all of us. It’s crucial to give yourself the time to soul-search, which is quite literal. This translates into, “you must love yourself before you can love another.” This is as far back as my mind can go in terms of remembering the little things that stimulated my awakening.

Revert. Revert. Revert.
Back to the food.

Also pictured:
• my rainbow breakfast – strawberries, apricots, kumquats,  sugar snaps, kiwi, blueberries, purple grapes

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• my refreshing lunch – cucumbers, purple onion, tomato, basil, cilantro, and a swig of white vinegar *one of my favorite meals is this one plus chickpeas or boiled eggs

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