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To remember who I truly am until at last I never forget.
Thinking back to the times in my life where I've been the most excited and full, I am remembering moments of mindfulness and honest sharing between myself and others. I am fascinated by what you're thinking and what you're feeling right now, whatever it is. I look for opportunities to share in this way in the eyes of people I meet. Sometimes I feel scared, and I hold back sharing my me-ness. Sometimes I share that I am afraid, and my whole world lights up again.
I love music and dancing, and I find my love again in music and dancing. I want to work with people to find their love again. I want to remember what it was like to be a child, and to help other people to remember.
These are all big questions! I'll put something down here, but part of my Personal Philosophy is the inevitability and wonder of change. After having tried staying the same and experiencing that stress I've committed myself to awakening to the possibilities in change. I can't really say I've made any progress, because I keep changing and I'm not always sure in which direction. Sometimes I forget what my philosophy is for long periods of time and then, inevitably, I remember. I'm deeply interested in taking 100% responsibility for my life (not less OR more), and for the present that I continually create around me. But, I forget about that interest a lot too. I am sometimes silly with serious times, and sometimes serious with silly times. I've found myself interested in noticing and being aware of grudges that I hold against myself and others for experiencing anything and everything available to us as humans, with the ultimate hope that these grudges eventually subside.
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING
I've moved home after college and cannot currently host. Though someday, I would love to do it again. I lived in a big house in college, and one of the housemates used our couch to host guests. I always valued the feeling of newness guests brought into our home.
Currently I don't have the money to throw at sterile hotels, and I signed up on couchsurfing to find a place to stay during a therapist training I'm doing soon. The added adventure was welcome, and an experience that has inspired me to look to couchsurfing as a possibility whenever I travel.
Besides hosting by proxy a couple times, very little. I hope to get more and more experience as I travel more. My current mission is to finish my training as a therapist. I've made through the first leg on couches, and I'm envisioning myself couchsurfing through to the end of that process. Next Big Mission: Vancouver!
I do know that I've always valued quirky rooms, odd doors, slightly weird interactions and idiosyncratic people over sterile hotel rooms and straight-jacketed employees- though I can't blame them.
I am interested in new ways of looking at 'old' things. When I see an object, like the 'pen' sitting next to me, not as a 'pen', but as it really is, with all its nicks and scratches, it's unique weight and shine based on the fluorescent lights in the room I find myself if: an entire spectrum of stimuli there for me to access-
This is a very exciting experience for me.
When I'm invited into new perspectives on old things, and I make the leap, I often find myself jump started and jolted alive.
I pursue old and new activities, with my fingers crossed for little sparks.
Music, Movies, and Books
Radical Honesty, by Blanton; Conscious Living, by Hendricks; Ray Bradbury in his entirety; Winnie the Pooh; slow, artsy movies done for the art of film; uproarious, irreverent, insane movies like Hotrod; Post Rock; music that gets me stoked (like the Bee Gees); the 80s.
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
I went to a 10-day Vipassana meditation retreat. It was silent, meaning no communication between students. It was amazing to witness the outward shell of determination and commitment of the other participants alongside my inner fear and ambivalence. It was also amazing to witness the generosity of the center- for 10 days I was housed and fed through the work of volunteers, and the whole experience cost $0.00. I had not previously seen giving of that sincerity and magnitude in my life. It opened my eyes to that possibility, and I see it more and more.
Teach, Learn, Share
I love music, and I can share a good deal about what I've learned about sound appreciation, experimental music, and electronic sound art. I've also spent years as a swing dancer in Seattle. I've taught weddings and private events, and I would love to teach anyone who wants to learn. I could spread that joy almost any day. I'm currently studying Hendricks (google 'The Hendricks Institute'), and I would also love to talk about mindfulness, authenticity, creativity, doubt, judgements, emotions, thoughts- the stuff of life.
I studied French in college (one of my minors)! I spent a month in a program in Paris, and I speak conversational French. I will speak French with you, and share what I know of Paris and of the language (and what little wonderful slang I have at my disposal).
Furthermore, I love to cook, and I can share what I know about inspired improvised meals that don't turn out to be mush. I would hope to be able to cook a meal with someone I stayed with, or just for them. Finally, I would meditate with you if you asked.
Countries I’ve Visited
Countries I’ve Lived In
France, United States