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- Gnothi seauton - To know thyself = to realize my ultimate nature;
- To be kind to all of life forms;
- To reach the state of samadhi.
I am a World's Citizen.
I say so because I believe that a single journey can change one's life forever. This is what happened to me when I moved from a small Polish town, aged 17, to Europe's biggest melting pot - the city of London to do two postgraduate degrees. That started my search for what is authentic, challenging and inspiring culturally. Building meaningful connections across cultures has enabled me to respond to such differences with curiosity, respect and as expression of commitment to myself and to others. Also, that appreciation of diversity brought me a new strength and perspective to engage in totally unique life experiences. I learned to set aside my fears, delve into the depths of the ocean and dive into my inner self.
My desire to to facilitate the growth of my kundalini energy has been growing enormously and, hence, inspired to do quite a number of astonishing things along the 12+ year long journey I am constantly extending. Still, there is so much more to be explored and learnt about my self - living my life without hurting anybody. It is the art of living in peace and harmony, in friendliness and love. The fruit of it is happiness, uncaused and endless.
Integrity, honesty and fairness are considered to be important in my daily transactions. It seems that I am a women of humility, maturity, humbleness, enthusiasm, consideration, compassion and love. Quite inquisitive and insightful, also! Never a moment of boredom in my life! However, more and more often I spend most of my day with a book in my hand, doing 'inner work' - self-development stuff, meditating, practicing mindfulness in every activity, even while walking or washing-up dishes.
I am very compassionate and share huge love for animals of all sizes and breed. I especially love penguins, dolphins, pigs, capybaras and dogs. I believe that we can learn a lot from animals and I treat them with as much respect, love and care as if I would a human being.
With that in mind, it is a fact that I very much dislike noisy environments, such as crowded shopping malls, pubs, cinema. I do not appreciate TV / radio and mindless drinking parties at all.
While I am a considerate guest and happy to share my time during the meals to interact & have a chat, please understand that I am currently doing a lot of spiritual practices, meditation, yoga and spiritual studies. For this reason, I need a lot of time to be all by myself, where there is nobody else. Often, I start my studies from early morning or I finish up late at night if I am unable during the day.
Long hours of constant interaction leave me completely exhausted and drained.
Usually, I give my undivided attention to others during meals or over a cup of coffee. Then, we can have a quality time to talk, discuss things in a relaxed & peaceful manner.
The future of the planet Earth depends upon the consciousness of its inhabitants. We could self-destruct at any time. The more people who wake up and vibrate at the heart center with love, the greater chance we have to survive as a species. This is serious business. We are all participating in this process. We must be awakened and self-empowered to change the structures that exploit and manipulate people out of greed. Asleep people support the corrupt system.
Lastly, I believe that what we eat contribute towards how well we bond with each other, whether we are on the same frequency. A lot of the time, people overlook that. In order to get more harmonious, I choose to eat plant-based diet. I am vegetarian/vegan (and a secret lover of......condensed milk in my Vietnamese iced coffee !! => I know it's really bad for you.....).
We are very good at preparing to live, but not very good at living. We know how to sacrifice ten years for a diploma, and we are willing to work very hard to get a job, a car, a house, and so on. But we have difficulty remembering that we are alive in the present moment, the only moment there is for us to be alive.
In this battle which we call "living", we try to set a code of conduct according to the society in which we are brought up. For centuries we have been spoon-fed by our teachers, by our authorities, by our books etc. and we are satisfied with their descriptions, which means that we live on what we have been told (argued by Krishnamurti). You cannot look through an ideology, through a screen of words, through hopes and fears.
So, try to stretch your perception and raise your attention to see further than most human beings.
Some other of my favourite quotes listed below can also beautifully add onto my "philosophy" on life:
- "The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only one page" - Saint Augustine
- "There is no way to happiness - happiness is the way" -Thich Nhat Hahn
- “Knowing others is intelligence; knowing yourself is true wisdom. Mastering others is strength; Mastering yourself is true power" - Lao Tzu
- "My actions are my only true belongings" - Thich Nhat Hahn
- "As we think in our hearts so we are" - James Allen
- " They themselves are makers of themselves by virtue of the thoughts they choose and encourage; that mind is the master weaver, both of the inner garment of their circumstances; and that, as they may have previously woven in ignorance and pain they may now weave in enlightenment and happiness" - James Allen
- "Nothing ever goes away until it teaches us what we need to know" - Pema Chodron.
- "Without body, you cannot be killed; without possessions you cannot be robbed; without mind, you cannot be deceived. Thus, there is no point where a desire or fear can hook on. As long as no change can happen to you, what else matters?" - Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj
- "Love is your quality. Love is not what you do. Love is what you are" - Sadhguru.
Perhaps, a quote from the genius "I Am That" book by the above mentioned Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj could help to sum up my philosophy / mission statement - To Know Thy-Self: "Just see the person you imagine yourself to be as a part of the world you perceive within your mind and look at the mind from the outside, for you are not the mind. After all, your only problem is the eager self-identification with whatever you perceive. Give up this habit, remember that you are not what you perceive, use your power of alert aloofness. See yourself in all that lives and your behaviour will express your vision. Once you realise that there is nothing in this world which you can call your own, you look at it from the outside as you look at a play on the stage, or a picture on the screen, admiring and enjoying, but really unmoved. As long as you imagine yourself to be something tangible and solid, a thing among things, actually existing in time and space, short-lived and vulnerable, naturally you will be anxious to survive and increase. But when you know yourself as beyond space and time - in contact with them only at the point of here and now, otherwise all-pervading and all-containing, unapproachable, unassailable, invulnerable - you will no longer be afraid. Know yourself as you are - against fear there is no other remedy".
To be nothing, to know nothing, to have nothing, to keep nothing for oneself is the greatest gift, the highest generosity. This is the only life worth living, the only happiness worth having.
P.S. I am not always this serious. I can be fun, also! Drink aperitivo, play some music and share laughter.
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING
Through the eyes of my globetrotting, I would like to encourage others in experiencing traveling in such a way that it makes a difference, not only for me, but for the lives of those I touch and the world which we live in.
Looking for holistic experiences, taking a journey of discovery into the most secret corners of our minds, traveling light - not burdened with opinions, prejudices and conclusions.
- Traveling worldwide with very little hand-luggage;
- Human relationships & intimacy;
- Practicing mindfulness and bringing to my daily life deeply meditative and spiritual qualities;
- Kundalini yoga;
- Opening of the pineal gland;
- Rebreather diving;
- Everything that is Japanese, really;
- Cooking a storm in grandmother's rustic kitchens or eating in little bistros in medieval villages;
- Visiting second-hand shops and flea markets;
- Interior Design and prefabricated houses / shipping container home design;
- interior design
- outdoor activities
- scuba diving
- japanese culture
- human psychology
- natural beauty
- mindful meditation
- second hand vintage shops
- living mindfully
Music, Movies, and Books
As for TV, I haven't watched it since 14+ years (including listening to radio) which means I am not familiar with any of the series on Netflix, talk shows, comedy shows, major movies such as Star Wars etc. I choose to read a book or to listen to music almost always over watching a movie.
Music-wise -> eclectic and depends on the mood (mostly classical or Indian fusion, The Weeknd, Camila Cabello, Bruno Mars, Sia).
Ralph Smart -> Infinite Waters youtube videos;
Books-wise -> some of my favourite spiritual writers are: David R. Hawkins, Ram Dass, Eckhart Tolle, Thich Nhat Hahn, Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev, Eric Pepin, Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj, James Allen.
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
Experience leaves only memories behind and adds to the burden which is heavy enough. You need no more experiences. The past ones are sufficient. And if you feel you need more, look into the hearts of people around you. You will find a variety of experiences which you would not be able to go through in a thousand years. Learn from the sorrows of others and save yourself your own. It is not experience that you need, but the freedom from all experience.
Otherwise, too many "experiences" to name! Some could include: the 12 days of Vipassana Meditation, in Penang; Living in isolation for 5 months in the Peruvian Amazon Rainforest; Doing Ayahuasca ceremonies was out of this world.
Teach, Learn, Share
I could teach you how to:
- scuba dive;
- travel ultra light;
- organize fine dinner parties;
- how to design the interior of your house;
- hitch hike fearlessly;
- make healthy and delicious vegetarian food (although I am not the greatest cook of all, I do very much enjoy preparing fresh food with the help of others).
What I Can Share with Hosts
My energy, my ideas, my help with preparing food or organizing trips, around the house. Im happy to share my thoughts or previous experiences from visiting countries all over the world.
Countries I’ve Visited
Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, Austria, Bahamas, Barbados, Belgium, Bolivia, Botswana, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Cayman Islands, Chile, China, Colombia, Cuba, Czech Republic, Denmark, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, France, Germany, Greece, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Kenya, Liechtenstein, Malawi, Malaysia, Martinique, Monaco, Morocco, Namibia, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Singapore, Slovakia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Tanzania, Thailand, Tunisia, Turks and Caicos Islands, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States, Uruguay, Vatican City State, Venezuela, Viet Nam, Virgin Islands, British, Virgin Islands, U.S., Zambia
Countries I’ve Lived In
Australia, Poland, United Kingdom, United States