At times we can feel so lost
Lost in an emotion
Lost in the worries of the path unknown ahead
Lost in the past mistakes & regrets
I know what it feels to be lost
Not knowing what is up or down
My life falling in pieces
What I thought was the end was actually the beginning of something much more beautiful
For every storm runs out of energy
The trick is to not run from it but embrace it
Life doesn’t give us what we want
It gives us what we
To grow, adapt and eventually move on from
So if you’re feeling lost just know everything is temporary
That each day can be a start of something fresh and beautiful
Turn off the phone
Leave it behind
Only bring yourself & some water
Go into nature
Enjoy mother nature with out any distractions
She carries all the answer to our ills if we can look deeply into her nature
A simple & uncomplicated life is for me
I do not need fancy clothes, shoes or any other material goods
True joy is not found in sports cars, jewelry or the amount of money in our bank account
True happiness is not acquired through what we receive in life but what we give to the world
Giving is living
I vow to not hoard money
But to give to those in need
I vow to live a simple life
And to reduce suffering in myself & the world
What a fitting end to 2021
Isolated from the world
A whole family coughing into 2022
But we will survive this storm
Everything is impermanent
No need to worry or stress over things I can’t control
No need to worry about my finances, I have enough!
The end of the year is a great time to be grateful for what you have
I will not wish for more
I will not wish for good health
But for grace, determination, and dedication on this path less followed
Pain is inevitable
Suffering is optional
How we think
How we talk
What habits we choose to practice
Cause most of our own suffering
The way out is to look deeply within
How am I causing my own suffering?
Why do I do what I do?
“There is no such thing as enlightened beings, only enlightened activities.”- Shunryu Suzuki
Busy is frantic
Focus is calm
Busy is mindless
Focus is mindful
Busy does not always mean important
Don’t be fooled in thinking a busy life equates to a meaningful life
Travelling is liberating
It opens my eyes to different cultures & people
It challenges me
It enriches and expands my existence on this world
The fellow travelers I meet at hostels broaden my understanding of the world
One step can lead to a thousand
New connections and inspiration for the next adventure
Travelling will not make you happy or complete your life
But it can expand, enrich, and enlighten your life if you allow it too
Backstory, I have traveled and lived in Hawaii; backpacked New Zealand, Vietnam, Japan, and Thailand. My next travels will be to Italy, Croatia, and Greece.)
Let go of the need to be right
Let go of the need to control others Let go of the need to control your surroundings Allow others to be who they are Allow situations to unfold without complaining or controlling anything True liberation is found when we don’t allow outside situations to hinder our own happiness True strength found in staying positive even in the most challenging situations
Your life is your message
There are two wolves inside of us.
Always at battle.
A good wolf.
That is kind, brave, and loving.
A bad wolf.
That is fearful, angry, and greedy.
The one you
to feed. choose
Is the one that grows.
To end this constant battle.
You must show deep compassion & love to the bad wolf.
Feed the good wolf with how you talk to yourself, others, and your actions in the world.
I will do my best
To not gossip
To not judge
To not be violent with my speech or actions
Society is made up of individuals like you & I
My changing our-self
We in fact change the world