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I explore and work on my inner self so that I can spiritually evolve into a sphinx.
I am in the process of moving to Salt Lake City, Utah to work as a Field Guide at a Wilderness Therapy company. I also plan to start teaching yoga out there, and am volunteering for the People's Party Movement, a coalition attempting to create a new, progressive party.
My goals are to grow into myself as a leader, within my personal life, and in my jobs and volunteer positions. I also want to learn more about herbalism, natural health, psychology. I want to write a lot more and actually edit and improve stuff I have written. I exercise and practice yoga frequently, hoping to improve upon these skills.
In the last couple years I traveled through Israel and spent time volunteering on agriculture-based communities, what the Israelis call: kibbutz. I hiked el Camino de Santiago, took a yoga teacher training and started teaching (more meditation than the physical poses). I worked on a farm, landscaping & worked with a guy who has severe autism as a mentor/support provider. I volunteered at a hospice center, led autistic elementary school kids in mindfulness practices, and helped an old lady cross the street. In the coming years I want to learn more about herbalism, teach yoga and lead more guided meditations/discussions, work in wilderness therapy, read and write a lot more, and get a job in South America to spend a year abroad and become fluent in Spanish. I eventually want to go to graduate school on the west coast for counseling.
I like to meet people. I like social gatherings of all types- potlucks, music festivals, warm nights by the fire, dance parties. I hope to travel forever and always meet new people from other parts of the world, part of why I love couch surfing. I am into sports and hiking/camping. I love cities and all they have to offer but deeply value my time in nature. I am flexible and enjoy meeting many types of people, as long as you have a good heart, or are down to go sing karaoke, I can get along with you. When it’s acceptable, I go a little crazy, but in control. Often times I chill. Other times you may find me up in a tree. Many people see me as a wild and free hippy who runs naked through the woods, eating plants and mushrooms off the ground, which is true. I also enjoy a warm cup of tea and some fresh sips of natural air. I love a juicy debate, countering each other’s views and failing to find truth.
I think many of our current problems stem from lack of community. Our current capitalist system has led to a hyper individualized society that has left many communities dry. When we lose the ability to have deep conversations, can’t make eye contact & are disengaged with our community, we ignore and eventually lose a huge sense of ourselves. Many issues: poverty, sickness, old age, food & housing security, agriculture, environmental, but also psychological and mental health issues: lack of meaning, anxiety, depression, loneliness, all can be alleviated through stronger communities that hold each other in check, inspire each other and provide more opportunity for self growth and connection, supporting each other where needed. I’m constantly impressed by the community couch surfing fosters, the generosity of strangers, the enjoyable travels and close connections built through using couch surfing. From the generosity and appreciativeness of strangers I’ve hosted, to those that have hosted me, couch surfing reminds me that community exists, there’s many people who want to take care of others with no expectation of being paid back, and that we can foster more of a sense of community in this crazy world.
Random blabbers I wrote years ago: We are all interdependent thus we are all in this together. We can view elements of nature, how a river flows, how trees grow, how eco systems develop as a model of how to live our lives and form society. Time spent observing our natural surroundings is very relaxing and important, and can lead to personal transformation. Being more accepting of others and loving others coincides with loving yourself. Light and darkness are codependent in there existent. Keep two eyes open, the scientific mind and the spiritual mind, the rational/logical mind and the metaphorical non-rational mind. Breaking through the dichotomy of opposite forces in the world is transformational. This less you judge, the more you love. If you want to go fast, go by yourself, if you want to go far, go with someone else. Learn something from all religions. Having meaningful experiences abroad can remind you of where your home truly is and what your role in the world is. Evil prevails when good people do nothing, so for god sakes, let's do something! Question everything. Live life, be genuine, be merry, speak for what you believe in, after it's all said and done, make peace, fuck shit up, have fun, and eat the mushroom.
My life is a journey through the mysteries and wonders that our world has to offer, and I actively double fist life to transform duality. I am fascinated by the human mind, how it differs across people and cultures. I would like to be the example that I want to see in the world and love making close connections with others and seeing others show their true self. I am fascinated by supernatural activity, and always find that when I open myself up to these conversations, more people have had these experiences than we tend to realize, and I often have more synchronicities while traveling. Acceptance of your subjective experience through ordinary phenomena (and higher forces) can help us understand more about our world and how to live in it, and are necessary for conscious change. We can make objective attempts to understand aspects of the universe, but truth exists and can only be understood and felt subjectively. I think religious stories, myths, and dreams hold power in their universality and archetypal significance. How people interpret them differently, and deepen our understanding of the world when we see the many layers of these stories and find their relevance to our life. I hope to normalize the strange, so that we feel comfortable to talk about all aspects of ourselves, unthreatened by the judgment of others. It would be cool if schools taught children various forms of faith and religion, showing them multiple ways to connect with god, nature, themselves, and others. This would help society a lot and help people live more meaningful, less stressful lives.
I think that one of our biggest mistakes is our need to define (control) things, put objects, or disciplines of studies, into rigid categories, and objectify our relationship with everything, failing to see the interconnectedness of everything. Our focus on objectivity, rationalizing phenomena, and the dogma of science has created a culture that devalues the subjective experience, our path to salvation and truth. Catharsis leads to breakthroughs and art. Be nice and good, value your experience & remember that objective science simply helps to fill in the gaps. Embrace the divine feminine and masculine within and everywhere. "Be the example you want to see in the world"
Make humble and mindful use of the earth’s gifts. Do not waste, do not harm the land or people or animals. What comes from the earth must go back!
"The human experience is too far out to get your head around. Where did we come from? Why are we here? What is the point of it all? Philosophers, scientists, mystics, astronomers, and anthropologists all agree on one mind-blowing fact: we are all children of a living Cosmic Mystery and miraculous Mother Earth. This is our birthright. The cells in our body are one with the earth, made of the same stuff as everything else on our planet. Our atoms were forged in the same cosmic furnace that birthed our sun.
Our earthly nature grounds and roots us and connects us to one another. Our cosmic nature lifts us up and expands us, pointing us to greater and larger horizons. When we incorporate and balance these two awesome and mystical forces inside each of us, we become our full selves and discover meaning and purpose in our lives.
We embrace and honor our earthly selves by acknowledging the unique gift of our individual seed and the soil that nourishes us. We honor our cosmic nature when we love and serve something greater than ourselves. Our earthly body becomes real living food when we live our particular gift in loving service to the world!" - Dr. Bronners
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
I've hosted, surfed, and met up with people in foreign cities through CS with wonderful success! I love meeting people through couch surfing because I feel like a traveller at heart, and the people I meet through couch surfing seem to carry that same attitude of community, spontaneity, openness, and a flare for adventure and travel. Couch surfing has allowed me to travel more often, and more freely. Someone can just say, "hey, I'm on couch surfing and so are you, I am broke and it's more fun to stay with a local, and I'm traveling here, can I crash on your couch?" and the stranger may just respond saying, "Oh why of course you can, here's food and a blanket, let's be friends!" - What a concept!
Frisbee, music festivals, laughing- with friends or alone, karaoke, climbing trees, camping, hiking, drinking tea, practicing and studying yoga, drinking beer, eating food such as cheese, foraging mushrooms and wild plants, herbalism and homesteading, I like trying exotic foods but I will never eat fugu, I severely indulge in random excursions
Acceptable activities: rap battle & alien conversations
- music festivals
- world music
- rock climbing
Music, Movies, and Books
Movies: comedies, horror/psych thrillers- campy movies, other good movies like apocalypse now, forrest gump, documentaries, a good nature special always hits the spot- anything David Attenborough.
Music: lClassic rock, funk, jazz, hip hop, reggae, good music, jammy music, so much music, Malian music, bossa samba, jam bands, edm, cave chanting, and other modern pop stuff when i'm "at da club.” Everything that’s good, definitely not music where the singers sound like their whining, exemplified in some modern rap and alternative rock- please stop whining and just rap or sing.
Books: favorite non fiction authors are Vonnegut and Pahlanuik, thought I have a hard time reading nearly as much as I want to, I usually read books about psychology & esoteric subjects
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
climbed a glacier-volcano while backpacking in Ecuador and a few weeks later helped an old woman cross the street, then I saw a coyote in the woods at night and it followed me so I got scared, left my campsite for the night and drove to a cabin my friends were staying in
Teach, Learn, Share
I am really good at leaving voicemails. If you stay with me I will probably offer you what ever I most recently fermented, as well as the best homemade energy bars you’ve ever had.
I can teach yoga, meditation, breathwork, tai chi, energy work, some counseling/psychotherapy techniques, I can speakish spanish kind of. I can share with you stories of my life, like what it was like to group up on an island and live in Israel for seven months : )
I've learned a lot from the great psilocybin mushroom master: for example, that all of the knowledge and everything I need from the universe is right in front of me and inside of me. I write poetry and short stories and love sharing them and learning from others. I can play flute but want to learn to play more instruments, but it seems very time consuming... I have some wilderness survival skills, led backcountry trips & can teach you how to make a splint out of sticks and vines. I garden, landscape, and have worked on farms- maybe I can teach you something? Maybe you can teach me something? Maybe we can make flower crowns and be nature gods and frolick through the meadows and hopefully not get tics- I'd hate to be ticked on...
What I Can Share with Hosts
I am a great cook and am happy to feed you and clean your house. I enjoy good conversations and can speak extensively about all of the things, especially psychology, politics, random health things, esoteric stuff and my travel experiences. I am happy to lead, or join you in: yoga, meditation, tai chi, a run. I can play you flute (if I have it with me).
Countries I’ve Visited
Canada, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Egypt, France, Guatemala, Israel, Jamaica, Mexico, Netherlands, Peru, Poland, Spain, Thailand, United States, Virgin Islands, U.S.
Countries I’ve Lived In