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Jeremie Elephant

Jasper, Alberta, Canada

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Overview

  • 63 Positive References
  • Fluent in English, French; learning German
  • 26, Male
  • Member since 2008
  • Busker, full-time.
  • Hitchhike Academy
  • From Jasper, Alberta
  • Profile 60% complete

About Me

CURRENT MISSION

Love and light

ABOUT ME

I love nature, poetry, music, the sun, and books after books after books; I love to learn, anything, and always; I am called both the Happy Man and more recently, the Naked Man, however I disagree with the validity of the second. I love to dance, barefoot, high up in the mountains around a great fire; I love to share, and give, and share what I've been given; I love the trees and the wind, Walden, Han Shan and the Dharma; I love Buddha, and mediation, and Jesus, and Bob Marley, and Brett Dennen. I love the philosopher, the poet, the madman seeking truth and the lovers seeking each other. I love my guitar, my grandfathers gift; I love tents, the hills, the 3 day hiking trips through the great Rocky Mountain Valleys of my home. I love to bike, quickly, through mad afternoons of high traffic where the present moment of dodging and turning is all that exists. I love the morning, the quiet morning, where I am awake, actually awake, and aware and drinking tea while I start the days tasks. I love Liberty above all things; Liberty of Mind, of Soul, and of my Physic; I want to be free to go, free to feel and express, and free to ponder and reflect, quietly, with a quiet mind, with an insightful mind. I love to write, and write, and write, and write. I discovered myself through writing, once, and again, and it will always be the place I go back to. I love to study, all day, and all night; I am a philosopher with a love for Wisdom. I love to play, any instrument, as long as I am able to inspire rhythm and joy in it, or it in me. I love to feel, simply feel, the great emotions that we've tried to rid ourselves of. Empathy, compassion, sadness, and incredible joy; emancipation and bliss. I remember when I freed my mind, when I felt like 'I knew': it was a coming of age, and I loved it then as I do now - this is something t hat I want to share. I love the happiness that I've found, and that I hold, and that I try to share. I love life, my life, our lives, each life; and hopefully we can share one, or a part of one, together.

PHILOSOPHY

You don't need a reason or a three piece suit to argue the truth. -Brett Dennen

Do what you love doing and wealth will come to you

Clambering up the Cold Mountain path, The Cold Mountain trail goes on and on: The long gorge choked with scree and boulders, The wide creek, the mist blurred grass. The moss is slippery, though there's been no rain The pine sings, but there's no wind. Who can leap the word's ties And sit with me among the white clouds? -Han Shan (Snyder trans.)

A good traveler has no fixed plans and is not intent on arriving.

Travel not to go anywhere, but to go. Just travel for travel's sake. The great affair is to move.

Westerners like to conquer mountains; Orientals like to contemplate them. As for me, I like to taste the mountains. -Taneda Santoka

I'm too young to have my own opinion

Why I'm on Couchsurfing

HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING

Couchsurfin is a step in the right direction... but it's only a step. SHE (sustainable hospitality exchange) may be the next...

Interests

I like reading a lot. Я люблю разговаривать с Юрой.

Writing, ah, le Poésie, Rimbaud! J'irai loin, bien loin, comme un bohémian! Han Shan and Cold Mountain Poems, Bukowski and skid row; John Keats, Close bosom-friend of the maturing sun! My heros: Brett Dennen, Antonio Gramsci, Allen Ginsberg, Gary Snyder, Kerouac and all the Beats; Woody Guthrie, Naomi Klien, John Craigie, Subcommandate Marcos, Louis Riel, Eastern Elders, My Mothers Father, Nelson Mandela, the Aboriginal population.

I love my journals, alot, mon stylo, I always need more paper and ink. Music, my grandfathers guitar, the old dame, I like musicians who say things, who teach and wonder. I love learning, period. Bicycles, Camping, the old soul way; hammocks, trees, water, grass and the sun. The gold hearts and the bronze skin. I love it all. I'm hooked on life.

Meditation Vipassana and the Dharma! Zen Poetry French Poetry Rimbaud! Cold Mountains Spring and Summer and Fall - Man can sleep outside. Buddha Beach Melody Rainbow Gatherings Vegetarianism Veganism Animals Fires Silence The wind and the stars.

Music, Movies & Books

Music: Acoustic! Brett Dennen, Brett Dennen, Brett Dennen, old Jack Johnson, Joe Purdy, Franti, Joshua James, John Craigie, Folk, folk, folk, Gonzalez, Rainbow songs, Neil Young, Bob Dylan, The Shivers, Adam Green's Bluebird, Guthrie, Broken Social Scene, Kevin Drew, Xavier Rudd, The Beatles,Bob fucking Marley, Cat Power, Connor Oberst, Bjork, Simone, Orange Sky by anyone and anything that can teach me how to live...

Books: Ken Wilber, Integral Theory. The Upishinads, the Dhammapada, the Mahasattipatanna, all the old texts. The book of Tao, the analects of Confucious, Indian fables, Rumi and the Sufi mystic works. Mystical writings.The Prison Notebooks by Antonio Gramsci; On The Road, Dharma Bums, Siddhartha, Steppenwolf, and thing by Hesse, Into The Wild, Walden, Everything Plato ever wrote, The Shock Doctrine, A New Earth, The Tibetian Book of Living and Dying, Zen, Zen, Zen, and everything by Suzuki, All the Sutras, Vipassanna, Asterix, anything by Oscar Wilde, Bukowski, Rimbaud, Han Shan, Gary Snyder, Ginsberg, all the schools of poetry, the San Fran Renn, Black Mountain, the modernists, the Garde that came after, Zen Poetry, Keats, Marcos and Shakespeare.

Movies: Moulin Rouge.

One Amazing Thing I've Done

Felt like I know!

I can't write many things here yet... my mother would kill me.

Teach, Learn, Share

Happy days...What I'm Teaching - As a long time recipient of LOVE and GENEROSITY I feel that I have now has and had been given to me, meaning that I owe all my gifts, talents, freedom, knowledge and happiness to those who shared it with me. Therefore, I want to continue this tradition and SHARE WHAT I HAVE AND KNOW. So, this is a list of things that I feel I can share and teach you... so don't be afraid to ask.Music : Guitar, Piano, Harmonica, Flute and maybe a little tam tam. Music theory, counterpoint, modal theory, improvisation and how to hit your guitar and forget about your drummer. Hitchhiking: I remember when I first started hitching and I remember the views I held about it, not to mention the nervousness. In any case, I was completely wrong then and have learnt over the last years hitchhiking full time that hitchiking is, indeed, a beautiful act, and one that has taught me many things. I can share with you everything that I know and maybe we can go together sometime. Busking: I've played alot of music on the street; there's not much to teach, or learn, but there is alot of music to make, so let me know and we'll make a street party.Languages: I can teach French, as a subject, thoroughly; I can correct English and work on prononciation; however, my grammer is not as good since it's my mother tongue. German, I can teach you everything I know, as I know it. I will be learning, intensively, over the next few months, so as long as you don't know more then me, I can teach you whatever I just learnt. Learning: In general; I'm a madman for learning, and I've been doing alot of it over the last few years. I can teach you everything I know about how to approach a subject, how to effectively study, how to be organized and I'll teach you how to get to know your library!Cooking: I have, by no means, any formal education in cooking; albeit I still cook, and have cooked for a long time (merci Mama!) and love it, and can share what I know. Come down to the PV and we'll create something together. Dumpster Diving: How to get food from the markets, mostly the things they don't sell and don't want to take back home with them; as well, how to find bread bread bread and more bread!!

Countries I've Visited

Austria, Bulgaria, Canada, Costa Rica, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Hungary, Mexico, Poland, Serbia, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom, United States

Countries I've Lived In

Canada, France

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