Travel Talk And Constant Change.

Why do you dream of travel? For me I have always felt that I enjoy being rooted, but I don’t want to be tied down if that makes sense? Like I want to have someone with me that I can use as my rock or an anchor if you will, like you have a good connection and work well together. But at the same time I don’t wanna be tied down to staying in the same physical location all the time, like I constantly want new scenarios and I enjoy meeting new people. There are so many different opportunities that can arise from travelling this world, like I don’t get how so many people just grow up and eventually die in their hometown or even like just their home state/province. Like just go out and travel people! There’s so much out there, so many different cultures, different types of food, even just like different forms of nature flora and fauna, and it’s just so incredibly gorgeous how diverse this world is.

I feel like a big problem for me in my life is that i’ve always felt the need for constant change. You know like when I was young I would just jump between friend group to friend group, I just had to change things up or i’d get bored you know? So it just made sense to constantly change up the group of people I would talk to. When I graduated high school I am pretty much left a good portion of my old friends behind and focused on making a bunch of new connections in college. A lot of those people just changed who they were or I changed and we just didn’t click like we had used to, however some of them I did a social experiment on just out of curiosity and that sort of went, well yeah let’s just leave it at a social experiment but most of them took the worst outcome they could’ve chosen so yeah; it was time for a change. I mean i’ve still got a bunch of people from back then whom i’m still super close with, and of course there’s also others that I grew up with as like childhood best friends and we just went down entirely different paths in our lives. But I don’t know, it’s kind of hard going a different direction from the people you usually would be around. I mean I know you’ll eventually manifest and attract a whole new friend group based on the new things that you’re now into but people are always sad about leaving one another behind. I mean we try not to completely lose touch but sometimes you just do, sometimes people just change differently overtime and that’s life. That’s how we grow.

I feel like I’ve been changing a lot lately so it’ll make sense to me if I lose some people in the coming times of my life. There’s been this sort of awkward energy lately between us and I know it stems from all my mediation type stuff since all of that has really been changing me recently and i’m beginning to give it more value in my life, like i’m really holding this vested interest in spirituality, meditation, being present in the moment, and all of this social media/content creation stuff. I’m just noticing some people’s attitudes beginning to change as they just don’t get it. Like I know that this has all been causing a wonderful positive upswing in both my life and mood lately and I know it’s beneficial to me, like this is the path I need to be walking down right now. And part of me somewhat thinks they might come to understand it, like they could get it, maybe..but I’m really not sure whether or not I want to stay with them long enough to find out. Who knows though, whether they’ll come to join me in the same state of mind or not. But I guess we’ll find out!

What’s your favourite thing about travel? For me I’d have to say I love the smells in the new areas, just listening to people talk in different languages every day, and I especially love the food, along with the smell of the food, and all the different spices that just waft into your nose as you walk along the street! I also just feel way more energized when I travel, like I’ll get up in the morning and walk over to the bathroom, open the window, lean out over the balcony, and take in a huge breath of fresh air! I don’t feel lethargic when I travel and wake up in the morning, like I don’t wait around my bed just lounging for a couple hours on my phone being like ‘I can’t get out of bed, ugh.’ No, when i’m travelling and that alarm goes off i’m up and out the door speedy quick, I’ll try and emulate that when I’m not travelling sometimes however that energy you get from travelling which helps make it so easy to get up and go places, it just doesn’t seem to hang around for very long.

Also I feel like I should mention that most of this post has been made by me just talking into the microphone of my phone and having it just use the speech to text function built into it. So I’m going to go back and correct as much of the grammar as possible (or at least as much as I notice in this quick skim through) because I can see it spelling some things incorrectly as I speak this paragraph out loud. So yea if I miss anything and you find a typo or weird bit of grammer, that’s why it’s there, probably. I mean I didn’t go to college for English but I feel like my grammer’s pretty good, I spent way too much time reading and writing for it to not be at the bare minimum, adequate. Anyways that’s it for today’s post! It would’ve been up earlier but Danny Reitzloff *moon hawk* started a livestream on instagram so I had to go and hang out there for a bit of course. I actually really enjoy writing out posts while watching someone’s live stream, it helps keep the inspiration coming and renews my beliefs in the power of content creation. But yea, that’s all folks! I wish you all so much peace, love, and tranquil vibrations!

C.C.

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Inspiration Is Nourishment For Your Soul.

So today’s post is going to be about a few different sources of inspiration for me. Each of the people i’m going to talk about have helped me along on my spiritual journey and even with realizing new goals and directions with where I want to go in this life. I feel we can always stand to learn something from others, we even subconsciously desire to do so! Hence why we’re always asking what’s up or crawling through people’s social media; we’re trying to learn things about each other but really that’s just the desire to learn things FROM each other in a different skin.

We evolved as a community and now we’re all so divided, no one want to learn things anymore they just wish to get school over with, get a job, and video game their life away in their spare time, or spend it all watching whatever pops up on the tv. I don’t understand living like that. I mean I know statistically the odds of that being someone’s goal life are pretty high considering how many humans there are but I don’t want that nine to five, cubicle life-style. It’s just not for me, I don’t want to shrivel away in the same places, day after day, repetitive task after task. I need the wind in my hair, a pen/laptop/camera/phone in my hand, some sort of connection to the earth, new foods, new people, and new locations. I want to wander for a while, just start moving for a while before I get too rooted.

Anyways, onto the inspirational people!

Danny *Moon Hawk* is an absolute blessing. For those of you who don’t know he makes Vlogs and Music along with the occasional live stream. Sometimes he’ll post medicine music, original music, or crazy travel vlogs but no matter the content they’re always wonderful to watch. Even his vlogs of Envision festival make it look so peaceful and tranquil, he just manages to give off this warm vibe somehow. Highly recommend checking him and his content out; You can support him by following his Instagram, subscribing on YouTube, and if you want to help fund future endeavours he’s even on Patreon. Patreon has exclusive content of his and you can do as little as a single dollar a month as every little bit helps! If you can’t afford it than no worries, but show this wonderful human some love!

Dakota Wint is also amazing, him and Danny team up sometimes and their dynamic is great. Dakota is an incredibly inspirational travel vlogger, poet, writer with a huge following on YouTube as well as a clothing brand named Stay Happy Stay Weird. He recently branched over to doing podcasts with the series being called A Place For Humans, highly recommend giving them a listen or at least checking out his various medias. There’s all sorts of good stuff to be found there including entertainment, chill vibes, spiritual teaching, community, just highly, highly recommend checking him out and showing him some love. You won’t regret it, especially if you’re a fan of Koi Fresco (Vishuddha Das) or Jason VeeOneEye, and you’ll definitely love him if you enjoy Danny’s content.

If you’ve never heard of Vishuddha Das (Koi Fresco) and you’re really into spirituality or Carl Sagan than I would recommend heading over to KoisCorner on YouTube for an amazing spiritual education vlogger as well as an author. Honestly even his social media is just such a great motivator and source of inspiration. He’ll be dropping bit of knowledge there on the daily and he has a pretty interesting life story that he focuses on in his book A (Not) So Enlightened Youth. His other book is called The Meditation Manual and in fact, Koi is hosting a meditation retreat in the next few months over in India which looks like an amazing experience!

I mainly just wanted to talk about those three today but i’ll give an honorable mention to Jungle Man Sam, Infinite Waters, Matthew Silver, and AshSayer. Oh and if you need any or just enjoy them than check out HairWrapsByAsh on instagram, she has a little shop set up and does wonderful work.

Who are some of the people that inspire your life? If you can’t think of any than start searching out inspiration, it’s such a wonderful motivator and source of positivity in this life! Listen to their advice, figure out how they got where they are today, and most importantly..

Keep spreading the peace, love, and tranquil vibes all,

C.C.

Happy With What You’ve Got But Strive For..

My apologies for missing another day’s post! Some friends of mine dropped by for the night so we ended up losing track of time. Oddly enough we all woke up with slight hangovers.. I wonder why? On a totally unrelated topic, Peach Bellini is incredibly delicious. Like really, really dealicious. Of course mayhaps the cheap hipster beers also had something to do with it, maybe. ^-^

Anyways do you ever have those nights where you just sit in the dark all alone with your computer/phone/tablet, earbuds in or headphones on, and some beautiful music taking you out of your body. I love getting lost in the music. It’s like your laptop screen and it’s little glow become the only things in existence. It’s just so incredibly tranquil; I wish I could carry the feeling of it throughout an entire day. It would be so much easier to do anything without caring about others opinions, but alas that’s why we have the phrase social anxiety.

A friend of mine on instagram is often laughing or out having a fun time while livestreaming it all. For ages i’ve wondered how she manages to keep that smile up every day, like some of those days have to be a mask right? She can’t truly always be that happy. But then I was scrolling through their insta story and there was a certain quote she once heard that she attributes it all to, it’s so wonderfully simple, but powerful words nonetheless “If you want a happy life you just gotta be happy with what you got, but still strive for better.” It’s certainly not wrong, although it should also include meditation! 😛

As a species I feel like we need to become better at living in the moment. Like essential day to day mindfulness has become such a minor thing now that we’re all caught up with planning things months in advance and constantly rushing to things. We spend so much time living in the future that we’re becoming less grounded, needing our phones or at least something attention grabbing to be happening in order for us to truly be paying attention to, experiencing, and being present in, the moment. The now. I don’t remember who said it (although it may be from Kung Fu Panda) “The past is history, the future is a mystery, and the now is a gift which is why we call it the present.” Now that i’m thinking about it I feel like it’s Master Oogway, but regardless it’s a wonderful expression.

It’s a wonderful feeling to still see new people popping up regardless of my few missed days, I appreciate you! It’s about 4AM where i’m at so I feel like I should probably head to bed soon, I mean i’m not that tired but I feel kind of out of sorts so I know my mind’s exhausted. I love when friends drop by, but by golly people that don’t slow down and enjoy life along with the natural silences that come from a lull in a conversation are exhausting! Such is the curse of an introvert, craving other people but like a cat you’ll, after an indeterminate amount of time just be like ‘yep, these people exist but i’m just going to go chill over there with like a book or something.’ the isolation allows us to recharge our batteries you could say. I’ll crave physical contact but just casually chill in my room meditating and reading instead of seeking it, I mean not all the time, i’ll sometimes end up texting people and being enticed out with the promise of food haha.

Anyways keep spreading the Peace, Love, and those Tranquil Vibes everyone!

C.C.

The Boy In A Thunderstorm.

Do you ever feel like you’re freefalling and everything and everyone you’ve ever known or loved is just slipping past your fingertips as you desperately try to regain control?

Cause that’s what I feel like.

I feel like everyone else’s life cycle resembles that of a raindrop, a slow steady fall where they can be lifted and spun around by wind’s encompassing embrace; I feel like a bolt of lightning.

Screams out, dashing down to the ground as quickly as possible

But in all actuality it’s my impact that hits first before they hear my words.

By the time I gather the strength to cry out it’s already happened.

The only thing left is a memory of the scream and maybe an afterimage if you were looking at me.

..it’s all very, brief.

Short lived.

By the time you blink me out of your eyes it’ll be like I never was.

A tiny mark on the ground for where my body landed.

And even this will be washed away in time by the rain I call my friends.

For isn’t that what rain does?

Washes away and purifies?

Though if we go with that

Does that not mean by proxy I was impure?

And if I was impure how does that speak of those who came before me?

The brief bolts of lightning who seared themselves into my brain leaving only a brief afterimage in my memories

A little mark.

Perhaps that is why lightning is forked?

So we can revisit the spots of those who came before

And those who will come again.

Perhaps that is also why the rain resembles teardrops,

they both came from the same place but took different fates

and still the rain will linger as dew drops until it yet too drops,

Just like i did

Only slower.

I cannot conceive which to be the worse fate

That of the rain

Or the one that I take.

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Well my ear thing fixed itself but now I’ve come down with a cold two days before a commercial audition, really hope it clears up in time or there’s minimal chance I’ll actually get the part. Ugh, why world? Why?

C.C.

A Different Way To Open Your Chakras.

For the longest time I wasn’t too sure about meditation as anything other than a focus tool, at least not until one day when I just sat down determined to see if all that stuff about energy and chakras had any truth to it. Honestly the kick that finally tossed me into gear was a clip about Aang from The Last Airbender where they likened the pools of chakra to pools of water flowing down a creek, they gave out a few simple steps which I found helpful so i’m going to quickly run you all through what I did with them. I’d say I spent about 15-20 minutes on each chakra.

  1. The Root Chakra – With this chakra what I did was focus on the base of my spine where there’s said to be a cone of energy which is commonly associated with the colour red. Think about everything it is that you fear, what makes you truly afraid? You must learn to let those fears go, let them all flow down the river which connects them. Letting your fears go can be extremely difficult but it will help to at least acknowledge them all if nothing else.
  2. The Sacral Chakra – Think of an orange pool of energy around three inches below the navel, although since this chakra is sometimes connected to water you could also picture light shades of blue if that clicks better for you. Look at all of your guilt, what do you blame yourself for? Acknowledge everything and forgive yourself for what you can, let go of what you can’t. Guilty situations will always end up happening at some point in your life but you need to learn to let that guilt go. No good can come from hanging on to that energy and letting it fester. Let your guilt all just flow down the river, I’ll be mentioning that analogy a lot.
  3. The Solar Plexus Chakra – Located around the upper half of your belly, focus on feeling that swirling pool of energy just like the others although in this case picture a yellow, fiery ball of energy. Now focus on something we often try to avoid, what are you ashamed of? What are the worst times you’ve ever disappointed yourself? You need to acknowledge this side of you by loving and accepting who you are, your mistakes were a vital part of creating who you are today. If you cannot accept that part of yourself than this will be a rather difficult chakra for you.
  4. The Heart Chakra – Moving to the middle of my chest I came to the heart chakra. Visualize this chakra as a swirling pool of green energy. This chakra was difficult for me as it deals with love and in order to unlock/unblock this chakra you need to let your grief flow down the river. Acknowledge each and every grievance, every painful loss, and allow them to fade away. The energy of those old loves/attachments will always be swirling around you and that will not disappear, however love will continue to take new and different forms, new attachments will come to replay those that have gone. Allow the currents to wash it all away.
  5. The Throat Chakra – Located right around the lower soft part of your neck is the chakra associated with sound and dealing with truth. Commonly pictured as purple, turquoise, or even aquamarine. Personally I prefer a nice tranquil turquoise. To unlock this chakra you need to acknowledge all of the little lies you tell yourself, you need to stop denying your own nature and accept that you are who you are. That is not to say you cannot change, but for this chakra you must learn to be content with who you are now. There’s no reason to deny yourself so just let that all flow through this beautiful river of energy.
  6. The Brow Chakra – This chakra is also know as the ‘Third Eye’ located somewhere between your eyebrows (although some people say the middle of your forehead.) and it’s associated with the pineal gland, visualize it as a deep purple or a bluish-white. This chakra deals with insight and is all about seeing past the illusions of this world. The biggest one and the one which I meditated on while trying to unlock my chakras was the illusion of separation. We are all connected, everything is connected and the very idea of separation is absurd to you once you’ve glimpsed this chakra, we often refer to this connection as the collective consciousness. The example given in Avatar is how if you really look you can see how every element is connected and part of the same whole, they are all one and contain each other.
  7. The Crown Chakra – The last chakra needing to be opened is located at the top of the head or even sometimes thought to be just above the head like an actual crown of energy; pure white energy. Although again like the last few, this chakra is occasionally depicted as a deep purple. But a blinding white light resembling that of a star’s light seemed to work the best for me. This chakra is actually the most demanding one to unlock and many people will never truly succeed in opening it, you must meditate on what attaches you to this world; what are your earthly attachments? Got a good handle on them? Release them all. You must allow them to flow down the river, in order to truly let go. Let the “pure cosmic energy” flow through you, feel that connection and when and only when you have managed to do this, will you have unlocked all of your chakras and be able to connect to your “Higher Self” achieving pure spiritual bliss.

Now believer or skeptic I’d recommend going through this list sometime, I guarantee that you’ll learn some things about yourself from the experience. Even if you just call it self reflection at the end of the day. I’d also recommend listening to a bi-neural beat recording associated with each chakra you work on, they can really help you get into that meditative state! Anyways I hope you enjoyed this post as much as I enjoyed getting to write a guide to unlocking the chakras I wish i’d had years ago, it may have just been a me thing but I found meditation became way easier after I went through my chakras.

“However many holy words you read, however many you speak, what good will they do you if you do not act upon them?” ~Buddha

Tranquil readings people,

C.C.

A Brief Introduction To Meditation.

I was recently having a conversation with my roommate about stress and ways to deal with it, at some point in the conversation meditation was brought up and he told me that he couldn’t meditate. This flabbergasted me. I understand that meditation isn’t for everyone but the way he said it, as if he couldn’t meditate even if he wanted to just really threw me for a loop. We talked about it for a little bit and he mentioned how he could never focus on something in his mind or constantly visualize something like pure whiteness. We eventually moved on to other topics but those words never really managed to leave my head. So without further ado, here’s a brief introduction to different forms of meditation!

I find that there’s this huge misconception over meditating where if you’re still thinking than you’re not doing it properly. I’ve always been brought up with the belief that meditation and clearing your mind are two separate but still related things. When you clear your mind you would usually do so by visualizing a static image or a colour with no end in sight and you’d train yourself to hold that state for longer and longer periods of time enhancing your focus. However you don’t really need to do that for meditation, indeed it is a form of the art but not the only way. Meditation can be as simple as freeing yourself from judging your thoughts, watch them come and go without attaching yourself to them, notice that the voice in your head can keep going without conscious direction, just become aware. The more you focus on observing your own inner voice the deeper you’ll dive inside your own mind, twenty minutes later you’ll suddenly realize you fell into a trance at some point. Maybe just for a single minute or two but with time and focus you’ll find the way back to that state gets easier and easier.

An extremely helpful tool which has a long history of being used for this exact purpose would be mantras. A mantra can be as simple as repeated “Ommmm” noises, something more illustrious like “Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare”. Basically just use whatever resonates the most with you, what gives you a sense of connection or draws you in. Sometimes in the middle of a session you might even be struck by some sort of profound realization or thought which leads you to changing your mantra to something more personalized or some sort of universal truth in which you feel a connection. I know there was a point in time where I used to repeat “There is no self there is only energy, there is no divide, everything is energy.” and to this day no mantra has helped me more. Within moments of it’s repetition i’d lose that feeling of where my skin ended and the air began, there wasn’t even a conscious realization of disconnection, everything just shifted and you could almost feel that collective consciousness. It was beautiful.

If mantras aren’t really your thing than i’d recommend just breathing, which is honestly harder than it sounds. Get yourself into a position that feels nice and comfy, one where you won’t feel the urge to move or fidget for a little bit. Now this form of meditation I like to think of as just extensive body awareness and at some point in your life you’ve probably followed along with an audio which had similar instructions. Breathe in. Breathe out. Feel the air as it gets drawn into your lungs causing your chest to rise, taste the air, naturally exhale somewhat slower than normal. Begin to relax your muscles starting with the ones in your face and working your way all the way down through your body. Devote complete attention to relaxing each of your muscles as you continue to breathe, feel all that tension leaving you, just feel it and breathe, keep breathing. If you managed to keep focus on your breathing and being fully in tune with your body as you worked your way through your muscles than congratulations, odds are at some point you slipped into a meditative state during this exercise! Remember that feeling, as with anything the more you practice it the easier it’ll be.

If none of these ways worked for you than i’m not sure what to tell you. I would call even just stepping back and watching your thoughts as an observer a form of meditation so maybe just start from there and work your way up? Just because you had difficulty with your first few attempts doesn’t mean that meditation doesn’t work for you/won’t work for you, just like any skill you need to recognize that meditation will take time and practice to learn. Are there specific problems you notice when you try and meditate? If so than let me know, maybe we can solve them together. ^-^

“There are only two mistakes one can make along the road to truth; not going all the way, and not starting.” ~Buddha

Peace and tranquility,

C.C.

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