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Hey, people can go through some really unthinkable things in life. It can be hard, painful, pretty scary..... So be nice. Including to yourself, okay? Xx 🦄🌈💐💖
Not a day goes by where I039;m not thinking about you buddy. 🤍 Those donkey ears, your fluffy muzzle, your warmth... I miss you so damn much. Everyday.
Humans, at one point in time, were all foreigners to this land (the Americas). 🚶🚶♀️🚶♂️ At what point do we consider something native? 🌿 When humans crossed over the Bering Strait, dozens of large mammal species died at their hands, after a couple thousand years, eventually becoming extinct. ☠️ This also happened in New Zealand, Australia, etc. Imagine where we would be today if those mammals hadn039;t gone extinct?! Maybe agriculture would have developed much quicker? 🧑🌾 Maybe the people who evolved with this land would have created ships and invaded Europe instead? WHO KNOWS. All I know is that the people are not forever, but the land is... For now.
PART 2.1 - Breakdown as a Catalyst for Awakening 💥 How many times have you heard or associated the action of a "breakdown" as something negative? Something to be hushed up? 😬🤫 The way Chris frames breakdowns in our lives is as a way of breaking ourselves open and making us notice just how much we need to listen to our, what he calls "essential-self." It could be that one day you feel that the map you have been given does not match the territory you want to be in. 🗺️🧭 Instead of seeing "breakdowns" as something that needs to be suppressed and fixed, they are in invitation to breakthroughs 👐 An invitation to finally listen to what your essential self wants and to lean into the fears that your social self may be using to hold yourself back. How might you be holding yourself back? Do you wake up with enthusiasm for the day? Do you take time to speak about matters of your heart? Do you regularly feel gratitude for the gift that is your life? 🎁💐 "If we fail to make our journey, we may die ourselves - to the essential force at the center of our lives. But even when we choose to take the journey, there is also a death to be faced - dying to old ways of being, to old social roles, old habits." #awaken101 #bisci
Everybody go venmo @maddywelcom cause she039;s 21 now and buy her a drank!!!!! 👸🕊️✌️
PART 1.6 - The story that we live 🚶📖 Stories have been an integral part of humanity039;s evolution. They have taught us valuable lessons by being passed on from generations of experienced knowledge. They tie us to our ancestors and this land 🫂💞 But what about the current story of American culture? We are a nation stuck in the story of economism. Where the formula for success tends to be that of growth ➡️ more money ➡️ more stuff / experiences (consumption) = Success 📈 So many people are told the story that to be successful you need to "hustle" and spend countless hours working for a place that doesn039;t value you as a human, you need to buy things to make life "easier" or "better", you must eventually raise a family and be stressed but also be appreciative... it039;s exhausting. The wealth of this country is contingent upon how much money we make and how much money we spend. What if wealth was measured in how happy people are? How much kindness or generosity is extended to each other? Food security and food sovereignty? The way our lives are set up right now is to only consume resources and to not give back. 🥩🌱💧🏭 Might you be a participant in this story? I certainly am, yet also trying not to anymore. I think to simplify we need to constantly ask ourselves.. what do we really need? 🙇🤷 Do we really need 5G? Do we really need all the products that enslave us to the story of economism? Most businesses are in the story of telling people they need something when all they need is simplicity 🐦 I039;m trying to be more conscious of how I can write a new story for our culture. One where I congratulate people on how peaceful they are. One where I no longer buy new clothes that fit a certain trend. One where I recognize the take and more importantly return of resources to Earth. Why do we bury our dead laden with formaldehyde, varnished wooden caskets... I039;d like to return to the soils in my natural state. Stories stories stories... 🌾 @awaken101book
PART 1.4 - Education for what? 🙉🙊🙈 To begin unraveling climate change we have to unravel our culture as the two are so interconnected. And to unravel our culture we have to question everything. 👁️ A starting place could be our "traditional" education system. What have you gained from all your years in school? Before college we spent 14,000 hours in school. What039;s the most valuable thing you have learned in high school? What are some of the most valuable things you have learned in general? My answers all involved things that occurred outside the classroom with no real intent of being taught. 💗 Out culture has an assumption that learning has to occur in specific places, under specific conditions, within set structures. The current education system does little to nothing to help expand emotional intelligence, peacemaking, ecological consciousness, etc. What it has done is teach us to conform. We may think we have autonomy and ability to forge our own path but critically thinking.... Do we really?? 🌷🕊️ 💬 "The conversation about climate change within the mainstream media is so narrow. Focusing mainly on renewable energy, infrastructure, electric vehicles and small personal habits." - Laying Groundwork. 🌐 For a big shift to happen we need to engage in the deeper issues at hand. Noticing how our culture039;s habits of consumption are woven into the effects of climate change. We need to broaden our thinking and broaden the solutions.
PART 1 - Asleep or Awake? "Connecting as a Catalyst for Awakening" 💥 The first chapter of @awaken101book invites us to ponder 3 questions and then choose 1 to write about non-stop for a few minutes: 🤔 1. Why are you here? Really, why are you here? 2. When do you feel most alive? 3. What is your greatest fear? ✍🏽 I chose the first one because for the longest time that question would spin me into a loop of despair. I would feel worthless not knowing my purpose in life, not having this big grandiose meaning to put to my existence. When I realized that my purpose for being here doesn039;t HAVE to be some grand reckoning, I found this question to be quite beautiful. Why am I here? Well I039;m simply here to have the human experience! I am here to experience the range of emotional adventures. I am here to choose the joyous adventure as often as I can. I am here to offer joy to those around me. I simply am. Connecting to this simple yet profound "purpose" has jolted me awake. Awake to the marvels all around me. I marvel at the plumbing in my house, how extraordinary flowers are.. I039;m in awe of how this body synthesizes with the vegetables and fruits that I eat to be able to move and laugh and breathe. 🌬️ Simplicity is worth marveling at. Which question do you feel most curious about? 🐈 📷: @illectristy @metaclarity
A mentor and dear friend of mine, Chris Uhl, has published this book that039;s been years in the making! 📖 It is a book calling for our collective awakening. For even as we awaken and heal "individually," the collective in turn will awaken and heal. And to heal the scars thrust onto this Earth by earlier generations, we must turn inward and transcend the dualism that plagues our American culture039;s perceived reality. 🦅 Thousands of people have already seen and participated in parts of this book as it was part of his curriculum at Penn State 🌳 I recommend this book for educators, students, or anyone resonating with what it039;s about! 💥 In honor of rereading it and helping him launch this communal initiative around the book and website, I039;m going to share my exercises and thoughts as I go through this book again. Join me or join the conversation ☺️ @awaken101book
2+ months of mourning. I still don039;t have the words. Just a thank you... from the deep deep deepest innards of my core.
The adventures of Bitch Fingers and Buddha Bags extend from East Asia all the way to U-TI-CA 👏 Happy Birthday to the FIRE 🔥 to my WATER 💧, the zuko to my katara (?), the cactus 🌵 to my juice 🥤!!! Wow we need to stop referencing Avatar if we ever want to be taken seriously. JUST KIDDING Avatar is the greatest of all time and will live on forever!! Just like our friendship!!!! I love you!!!
Happy birthday to GAIL. Or shall I say birthmonth?! ☃️ Wish I could join you on your escapade of boujee and boozy brunches 🥂🍊 Glad I don039;t have to see you the rest of the year though cause this year was too much am I right?? 😉😘🥳
Joshua Tree National Park was founded by a small religious group that only named their first born sons 039;Joshua.039; So on every Joshua039;s 13th birthday they planted this special tree - Yucca Brevifolia, in honor of their eldest son. After hundreds of years, the plant became known as The Joshua Tree. 🐢 @a_welc and I have decided to follow this tradition and take our future baby Joshua039;s to this place on their 13th birthdays to plant their own Joshua Tree. 👶 Don039;t tell them... It039;s a surprise. 🤫 #photography
Don039;t tell me when to be thankful. It is sown into every fiber of my body. Every cell that dies and comes anew. It is here. It is in the land. 📍 Yuhaviatam/Maarenga’yam (Serrano) Land
Climbed the second flatiron and only cried twice! 💧 I am officially a BOULDER 🗿⛰️ thanks to my sherpa @lifeofamie 🦙 and @kroniclesofkristen and @jeremyfischer_ for literally catching me in my fears 🙌 #imhavingFUN