Poetry, Spiritual Journey, travel

The ocean is my role model

I want to be like the ocean in the gulf of Thailand just off the western coast of Koh Phangan. The ocean here is calm and still with the gentlest of waves trailing each other, one by one, in the rhythmic procession towards and away from shore. She embraces and accepts everyone who ventures out into her waters. Her salt…

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Poetry, Spiritual Journey

Sober High Idea: See through the eyes not with them

Have you ever noticed how planets look like any other bright–albeit larger–star when viewed in the night sky from earth? Whereas, viewed from space or images collected by high-powered telescopes, we see the colors and textures and rings and all manner of variety on the surfaces of planets. They look like glowing orbs or marbles that arouse wonder, awe, and the curiosity to know…

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Awareness, Psychology, Spiritual Journey

Why is it so hard to leave? When it’s more authentic to leave than to stay

Again and again, I find myself in situations that feel off for some reason, or I simply know that it’s time to go. I stayed, I received, I gave, I learned, I enjoyed (maybe or maybe not). The subtle buzzer went off. The interaction reached completion. It’s the same type of signal like hunger satiety. I’m full. I’ve had enough.…

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Addiction, Awareness, Psychology, Spiritual Journey

Emotional Availability: Presence and Openness in the Heartspace

Emotional availability is the extent to which an individual can receive and share heart-based connection with others. This idea has been a theme of my growth for the past year. It has helped me discern which relationships are serving me and which require adjustment to be healthier and more expansive. Emotional availability is a spectrum along which individuals vary greatly,…

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Spiritual Journey, travel

Show Up and Surrender

Airports are like their own sovereign nations. Every time I am in one I feel at home and at peace. I can figure out where I need to go. I can ask someone for help. Helpful signs abound. They even have tax-free and duty-free shopping, which is not my thing any more, but definitely part of why they feel like sovereign…

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Spiritual Journey, travel

Observe What Is

I’ve been spending a fair amount of time in airplanes flying over cities and countries I’ve never visited before in this lifetime. I find myself thinking: “Wouldn’t it be nice if little bubbles popped up over various buildings, sections, areas, and landmarks down below to label spaces as ‘such and such’ bank or school or farm or residential community or…

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