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Sit still and close my eyes...Stand up knowing how to Love a little better
On a good day I'll bare my heart and laugh at it all.
I do my best to live deliberately, knowing that Life can strike at any moment to hold me or send me on my way.
Union with the Divine, art, philosophy and martial arts compel me. I do my best to be compassionate and patient and prefer to see the good in people. That being said I am also very intuitive about the true intentions of others. I am awed by nature every time I take a moment to see it. I believe in living consciously, being self aware and keeping the ego in check. I do not allow all my attention to be absorbed by the abstract constructs of modern society. I try to see things for what they are but I am an incurable optimist.
In November of 2009 I took an open ended trip that ended up taking a year before it brought me back to San Diego.
I worked in youth development for the Boys & Girls Clubs for 10 years and eventually ran a teen center.
I have been training Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and MMA fairly consistently since 2002 and started competing in pro MMA in 2006. People tend to be very surprised that I have fought full contact because of my demeanor. I have great love for any opponent who would give me the opportunity to express my self in such a free way. The way I see it, we both offer the risk of injury as a sacrifice for that opportunity.
I am vegetarian.
I am also a goof-ball, a sap, and sometimes I hide from everything.
P.S. Please read my couch section if you will request. There is a key phrase there :)
Life is an ocean, not a staircase...
The rudder of reason steers you to nowhere without the full sails of passion.
I believe that all Religions share a common Essence. That Essence is more or less dormant in every human being and it has been fully realized by very few throughout history; Krishna, Jesus and Buddha being the strongest examples. They translated what we in turn interpret. Results vary. Mysticism is seeking that realization directly. That is my anchor in life.
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
I am on couch surfing to keep this wonderful avenue open to connect with people in a meaningful way. While the exchange of hospitality is the medium of Cs, I see the true substance and spirit of CS to be the authentic exchange of who we are as human beings. I am a different person because of CS. I am a different person after every guest, host, friend.
Experiencing new places through the daily life of
local people even if that means missing some sights
Singing and song writing as free therapy :)
Martial Arts as a form of personal expression and truth.
Hatha (The physical aspect of Yoga) as the owners manual for the human body
Fitness as a way to maintain sanity
Nature as the sacred body and speech of our Mother
Buddhism as the original self help
Meditation as a path towards God
Astrology as a personal journey not definition
Spirituality as a way to laugh at mystery
Philosophy as a way to not have to think so much
History and origins of humanity
Health, Cooking/Baking, Anything with a motor and wheels, Visual Arts, Music, real life adventure.
Good conversation, Good people, Good food; Hopefully all together :)
- martial arts
- jiu jitsu
- visual arts
Music, Movies, and Books
When it comes to art, I can appreciate it regardless of genre as longs as it upholds 2 things within it's own realm: CONSISTENCY and AUTHENTICITY.
Some of my favorite movies: Braveheart, forrest gump, Anchor man, What dreams may come, the crow, old school, forgetting Sarah Marshall, the Last Samurai, Fight Club, Enter the Dragon.
Some favorite music: Mumford & son's, Florence and the Machine, Bright Eyes/Connor Oberst, Deathcab, Sea Wolf, Margot and the nuclear so and so's, Avett Brothers, Rage Against the Machine, Red Hot Chili Peppers, System of a Down, Snow Patrol.
Some Favorite books: The Hagakure, The Alchemist, The Prophet, The Book of Five Rings.
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
Once upon a time I quit life, traveled through Asia and drove a motorcycle 1700km through India and the Himalayas and then met my Enlightened Guru after a "chance" encounter on a train in Eastern Europe. Is this real life?!
Teach, Learn, Share
Fitness and Healthy vegetarian eating.
Really enjoy teaching martial arts.
I can teach you how to wink without looking creepy. Some say this is impossible.
What I Can Share with Hosts
Countries I’ve Visited
Bosnia and Herzegovina, Cambodia, Canada, Croatia, Germany, Hungary, India, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, Romania, Serbia, Thailand, United Kingdom
Countries I’ve Lived In