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Archive for December, 2012

“Why does the universe go to all the bother of existing?” -Reflections on 2012

This has always been my favorite day of the year. New Year’s Eve represents many things to me. Reflection, remembering, rebirth. Image

See that up there. That’s a year’s worth of journals. I write all year long preparing for the moment when I can shift through a year’s worth of memories. This year I’ve decided to share them with my readers. The following is a compilation of journal entries throughout the past year; a mixture of collective moments and meaningful quotes. There is no particular order or meaning. Just a free flow of select journal entries. Take from it what you will.

2012

I think who we are is meant to be shared =D Not shameful and I fully intend to share my bare naked soul with the world.I will not let my romantic dreamy optimism die just because the world believes otherwise. As terrible as you ended up being there was some good in you that brought out the part of me that was broken and hiding. “Conditions of cruelties so horrible, so bizarre, the women had to reinvent themselves. They had to find safety and sanctity inside themselves or they would not have been able to tolerate such torture. They had to learn quickly to be self-forgiving. For when their exterior actions were at odds with their interior beliefs still they had to survive as wholly and healthily as possible in an infectious and sick climate.” (Maya Angelo) 

The world really is fucked up. Religion is screwing us on both ends. And I can’t reconcile this loneliness. It’s not my ‘god-shaped-hole’. There’s something more than that. “If we have such an emotional stake in the answers, if we want badly to believe, and if it is important to know the truth, then nothing other than a committed skeptical scrutiny is required. On issues of the transcendent  of ethics and morals, of the nature of human beings, on those issues should we not insist upon at least equally skeptical scrutiny (Hitchens). But if you think about it we are all looking for the same thing. We are all hungering for the same goal in life- so shouldn’t we all find it within one another? “And here again I think it is clear that we have imposed human values onto the universe.” – Sagan Nothing is as terrible as it seems. This too shall pass. Just another day from another perspective.

This is the first day of the rest of your life. Go out there and claim it. Yes ——- is a jerk. Yes————- is manipulative. They hurt you but you’re stronger because of it. They helped you just not in the way you wanted. A lot can happen in a few days. A lot can change over night. You’re going to be okay. Better than okay. You are you. NOTHING can change that. Life sucks sometimes and there’s nothing you can do about it. Life isn’t always comfortable but it can be if you make it. “Here is the world beautiful and terrible things will happen. Do not be afraid.” “Be truthful, gentle and fearless.” “Every atom of carbon inside your body was once inside a star.” “If we are all united then why are we all divided?”

 Love is being ferociously devoted without clinging to the object of your affection. Assume that it’s already been taken from you. Already broken. And you won’t be devastated when it is. If anything I could have done that with my faith. Had I known that it was a farce then I wouldn’t have clung so tightly. I always thought that life without my former belief perspective on God would be empty, lonely, pointless even. But it’s not. My life is empty in places but that’s only because I haven’t found the answers yet. Life isn’t meant to be full of certainty. If that’s the case then I will never learn anything because I know it all. My life isn’t lonely though there are moments of heart wrenching loneliness. I’ve come to realize that loneliness is good. Crazy huh? Yet it’s in the moments that we are alone that we learn who we really are. Only when there is no one else to define us can we discover who we really are. “I had tampered with the mystery of existence and I had lost the sense of my own being.” (Black like me). 

There’s only one constant in life – yourself. And if you lose that you lose everything. The real battle in life is finding yourself, knowing yourself, even becoming yourself. There is no set plan or divine will. Though many will tell you otherwise. You truly are alone in this. No one walks with you. No one. Only you can take this journey. It is uniquely yours. A supernatural being is not with you. Though the concept may comfort you for a time. No one. No one walks with you. It is in the loneliness that you find solace. Completion. Contentment. It is good to be alone. Separate long enough to process the journey. I don’t know who I am. I’ve never been given the liberty. Freedom yet constantly being pulled towards fundamental ideas of whom I ought to become. 

Transformation. Undeniable. A different perspective. Same changing soul. Love thyself. You are divine. Nature thy temple. An endless sanctuary made of endless walls. There is freedom here. Freedom in loving thyself. Timelessness in knowing thy heart. Love who you are. More than who you want to be. Love your isness. Your being. Leaving troubles behind flow like a river. Breath like a stream. Shine as the sun. Take root as a tree. Flow. Breathe. Shine. Root. Be.  

“Thought I’d made something that could be mine forever 

Found out the hard way one can’t possess another 

And all that you have is your soul

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Balance

ImageI’ve been doing a lot of walking lately. Carefully I stuff my purple back pack with extra clothes, a blanket, good books, food and water. Then I set out towards the trail in town. This is the closest I get to the country living in town. If you’re willing to look though nature is everywhere intermixed with our own dominant man made buildings, fences and sign posts. When I walk I find balance. Balance with the earth and my relationship to it’s warmth. Balance within myself as I clear my heart and mind. Balance in all things. I walk alone but I am not lonely.

When Paths Converge

Tonight was a little artistic adventure involving alcohol paints, tiles and friends. Image, Check out the creativity bursting forth! Observing the ink droplets absorb the ceramic tile is euphoric to say the least. The whole process was rather therapeutic as our creations changed with each additional drop. Burning incense. Sharing of fruit and veggies. Exchanging experiences. Speaking. Listening. Friends sharing a common “now.”

-Slightly Over Dramatic Girly Optimist

P.S. You. Ya you. The one setting at the computer screen. Or you holding the smart phone. Join the movement.    

Medicine For Our Souls

37999190575849238_j1LyFEoa_cBarnes and Noble is always a delight. Maybe it’s the fresh book smell lingering within the subtle hint of espresso or the thousands of literary spirits crowding the space. Or perhaps it’s the collection of knowledge caressing the walls creating an atmosphere of comfortable freedom. Yes, that’s it. Then there are the people. Oh, the assortment of souls! The grown man planted serenely midst superheros and dragons in the graphic novel section. The lady who buys your coffee just because she can saying “Nothing is better than free coffee.” The old man with a prosthetic arm passed out next to the kids working on their endless pile of math homework. The nook salesperson hunched over a paperback. My best friend picking through cook books making abstract faces without reason. Then there’s me. Setting like a sponge soaking in the vibrations of contentment, change and curiosity. Silly as it sounds this is where I do my best mediation. This is where my concerns melt away into bliss. Nothing matters anymore. Surrounded by humanity in all it’s forms. This is peace. This is hope. This is where my soul connects silently to the world I am both in and of.

Whatever your passion seek it out. Surround yourself with your dreams. Set aside moments to cultivate your soul whatever the method. Be. Do. Exist.

 

-Slightly Over Dramatic Girly Optimist

 

Cleaning House

Brief Fitness Update:

Walking the Blue River Trail here in town (Columbia City). Looking for walking buddies. So if you live in the area hit me up! Attempting to make homemade potato soup in the next couple of days which means I will be in need of a victim…ahem…I mean a volunteer to taste my cooking 😉

In other news…

You may notice I cleaned house on my blog tonight. Basically went through and deleted a lot of nonsense writings that really don’t matter in the grand scheme of things. I’ve realized that my writing holds more depth now. Meaningless blog posts have left my portion of the interweb. Sorry to have disappointed anyone who cared but frankly if you care that much then you probably should start stalking someone else online. Just a thought.

Cheers to cleaning house in other areas of life. Including but not limited to: Healthy eating, exercise, frequent GoodWill donations, and making time for personal reflection.

-Slightly Over Dramatic Girly Optimist

P.S. Check out my B.A. support team I like to call my cousins

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Feeling Focused

Over a month of Vegetarian eating combined with a limited processed foods diet has left me feeling fabulous and focused. Picked up this lovely little cook book at Half Price Books today thanks to my buddy Ben. 

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Super excited to test out the soup recipes 🙂 And while we are on the subject of nutrition…let me suggest the documentary “Super Size Me” You will never eat fast food again. 

This week has been filled with long walks around town, relaxing yoga meditations and a bit of cardio. Starting today I am focusing on my running technique by learning how to land properly. Looking forward to my running shoes arriving in the mail sometime this week. Learning to: pace myself and see how far I have come not how far I have left to go. 

 

-Slightly Over Dramatic Girly Optimist

Gah! This huuuuurrrrrrrrrrrrtssss

Educational opportunity time:

24 hours later and my legs burn. The culprit you ask? – Lactic Acid  I did some lite yoga at home today to relive the pain. Now I am down to a dull soreness. Feeling rather ridiculous that my body wasn’t ready to conquer a meager 2.5 miles BUT each day is bringing me closer to my goal  of being able to run with ease. Tomorrow the goal is to sleep in, stretch, waitress for 6 hours then stretch some more and go on a 3 mile walk around town with some friends.

In other news:

Had lunch with my wonderful brother Michael today.

Look aren’t we cute! He’s too much awesomeness in one person 😉

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