*(Medicine story continued...)* Then, In 2010 - after having heard about it on a podcast - I was drawn to buying this mysterious medicine from a tribe in Peru over the internet... it was called Kambo. 🐸 I knew nothing about it, had no conception of what it would do... but intuitively and deep down, I knew this was the elixir I was looking for! I knew this was what I needed to heal... It was a very strong feeling. It just felt right. 🍃 When the medicine arrived, my partner and I followed some online instructions: we applied the medicine to ourselves...🤞🏼... said a prayer... and then, before I even knew it... everything fell apart... BOOM!! A gut wrenching cascade of deep trauma came over me... followed shortly after by a healing white light, and finally... an abiding calmness more blissful than any I had never known! I fell to my knees in astonishment... It was both a terrifying and immensely invigorating experience. And while I had no real frame of reverence for this - the soul shaking nature of it - I knew that something fundamental had been reset! In fact, that first experience with Kambo completely transformed my whole conception of what it means to be a healthy & functional human being... 🌱
I have a deep appreciation for the symbiotic relationship we humans share with this planet... and I now understand that the integrity of our relationship to the Earth itself - to Gaia - is what ultimately determines how healthy we are capable of becoming in every other area of our lives 🌏 David Suzuki once said something like... "so much of environmentalism is merely theoretical - and this is why it is failing." Because intellectual exercise doesn't change hearts and minds! It has to be felt 🌺 Conversely, Kambo and Plant medicines are experimental! They are personal - They alter our physiology in foundational and ecologically relevant ways; they help guide our symbiotic/co-evolutionary process with the rest of nature; they Make the way for a more honest, sincere, intelligent, altruistic, and meaningful form of ecological self-awareness to emerge! 🌲🍄 *(finale post tomorrow)* Photo credit: @ JeffHall
I made it to Bali. This moment has been pasted on my vision board for years! For me it marks a new direction. I'm creating a lifestyle that encourages travel (and adventure I hope), and I'm making space in my life so I can dive deeper into my spiritual practice. I'm here to complete my yoga teacher training, but also to practice- to meditate, to rest, and to be mindful- which is pretty easy from this hammock I can tell you! #bali#paradise#travel#adventure#yoga#mindfulliving#meditation#mindfulness#bliss#nomadiclife
Thinking back to the incredible time I spent in Rwanda. While driving through the clouds and quite possibly the most spectacular landscapes I’ve ever seen, thinking its such a shame that when people think Rwanda, they think genocide. In fact it’s a beautiful country doing so well to repair itself.
Travel days are always interesting. Today was my last move in Vietnam from the island of Cat Ba to the main northern city of Hanoi. I'll spend my last few days here before catching a flight back to Bangkok and the land of smiles.
After spending the morning wandering down side alleys to find hidden coffee shops to work from I have returned to my home ( for the next few days) to soak in the sun.
I’m excited that my 70 year old Mum has said yes she will come wandering with me. I plan to roll the dice ( see previous post), get off the beaten track and sell her to tribesmen from the jungle! Especially if she starts giving me any lip service!
I told my Vietnamese friend about my plan to roll the dice and head into the jungle and he freaked! He stared at me with a perplexed look - like ‘WHY?’. He thought I was crazy!
When I told him I was taking my 70 year old Mum, his face scrunched up into disbelief and he grabbed my arm, pleading with me to take a guide into the jungle because it is dangerous.
So I have agreed, for $30US Per day, I will hire a guide that will keep the tribesmen from the jungle safe from my wayward mother!
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No matter how much I bitch about Kuta and the South of Bali I will never ever get tired of these sunsets..Nowhere in the world (apart from Ecuador , scroll way down my feed and take a look) have I witnessed such magical sunsets! How about you lovelies? Where was your best sunset ?