I’m finally in the final stretch of graduate school and I can see the light at the end of the tunnel. However, what this also means is that I am constantly inundated with responsibilities, deadlines, meetings and class. Busy is not a glamorous lifestyle. One thing that I do when I am stressed is eat. lots of carbs. and lots of sweets. I read a quote that directed the reader to “love yourself” as you are eating, and I thought that this intention could completely shift my stress eating. What else could we change if we brought love to the forefront of our intentions? Love yourself as you eat. Love your husband/child/mother when you tell them goodbye as you rush off to work. Love for yoga as you roll out your mat. Love for yourself as you move through your asanas. Love for your town as you take an afternoon walk. Love for mornings as you sip your coffee. Do all things with love. This is not an easy practice. It’s something we must work on, constantly, forever. Try to do all things with love for one day, even just for one morning and see what happens. Or, try to do all things with love for one yoga class. Happy Weekend : )
When love is your religion, every person, every heart is an opportunity to offer gratitude, prayer, homage. Every person you come into contact with is an opportunity to spread love. It may be as simple as a smile, but remember that every interaction with another being exchanges some energy. You get to choose what type of energy you want to share. Happy Weekend.
Matt and I met in Santa Barbara, Ca when I was in college and he was in a band. After I graduated and Matt left his band, we moved to Santa Cruz, Ca (my hometown), however when we visited the Monterey Peninsula, we really fell in love with the area. We both felt connected, in some way, to the area and drove the 45 minutes almost every weekend to spend a day there. The more we discovered about the area, the more we loved it, and we felt like we had finally found a town/place that we loved in a similar way to the way we loved each other. It was unconditional, always growing, and felt natural. I’ve read a quote by Oprah where she described the way she felt when she first visited Chicago. She said she felt like she had gown roots and maybe that’s what happened to Matt and I when we visited Carmel and Pacific Grove. We finally moved to Pacific Grove, Ca in August almost one year ago and I feel like we continue to build our community here. It’s wonderful to walk half a block and have the view pictured above.
In “The Geography Of Bliss”, Eric Weiner explains that “The late British-born philosopher Alan Watts, in one of his wonderful lectures on eastern philosophy, used this analogy: “If I draw a circle, most people, when asked what I have drawn, will say I have drawn a circle or a disc, or a ball. Very few people will say I’ve drawn a hole in the wall, because most people think of the inside first, rather than thinking of the outside. But actually these two sides go together–you cannot have what is ‘in here’ unless you have what is out there.’ ”
In other words, where we are is vital to who we are.”
Where we are is vital to who we are. We can not separate ourselves from where we live and we are constantly interconnected with our environment exchanging, simultaneously, information and energy. Matt and I found that we are slightly different people, living here, in a place that we love. We reach out to others, we are friendlier, happier. We feel motivated to build a social community around ourselves rather than isolate from the rest of the world. We feel comfortable, natural, like we belong, like we have grown roots. When you find the right person to spend your life with, you can be happy doing nothing with that person. That is the way we feel about the Monterey Peninsula. We are happy doing nothing here. I mean we are happy doing something as well but we don’t NEED to have something specific to do. It is a full day just to go for a walk with Matt along the beach or go out for coffee, or window shop in Carmel. Of course, just like specific people fit or don’t fit, specific places resonate with specific people. Not everyone would love this area like we do, but what is important is to find the right place for you. It is possible to have a soul-mate home. Eric Weiner says that the easiest way to determine where your true home is, is to ask yourself where you want to die. Matt has always said “I could die here” when we visit Carmel, and so I feel like that may be our true home, the place where we will raise children, and build a home, a life. But to end this point, my simple pleasure of the week is that I love where I live!
It’s been a busy week for me and so I haven’t been posting as regularly. If you don’t know Kahlil Gibran, look him up because he was an amazing man. I think I have a special place in my heart for Kahlil Gibran because Matt used to read his quotes to me when we first started dating.
I think this quote speaks to those who believe we are all connected, and for those who feel this connection when we are out in nature. When I need clarity, if I’ve had a busy week or am feeling particularly stressed, I like to go out to this beach and walk to where there are no other people. When I sit on the rocks and look out into the ocean in solitude I am reminded that so little really matters. All the worries over the little dramas that go along with being human are suddenly put into perspective. I often believe, at that moment, that everything will work out and that these little worries of mine are insignificant. I can’t get to that place unless I am out in nature and I think that speaks to the deep connection that we have with that natural environment. So when you are feeling lost or confused, don’t forget that the earth delights to feel your bare feet, and the winds long to play with your hair. Give them what they want : ) Happy Weekend.
We went hiking yesterday at Garrapata Beach. This hike is located between Carmel and Big Sur and while it’s beautiful, be prepared for an intense climb, lots of wind and a 2-3 hour hike dependent upon your speed. However. The payoff at the top is an AMAZING view as well as the climb down which faces the ocean and provides you with beauty the whole way down. Because the climb is so steep I would not recommend this hike for children.
This is a hike I feel like we can only do once/year because it is such a commitment. As we were reaching the top Matt turned to me and said “I never want to do this again”. We’ll see how we feel in a year though after we’ve forgotten how the trip up the mountain was : ).
When the Whole Earth Catalog ended this was their farewell quote to readers. To me, stay hungry means continue to strive, search, and desire. We are motivated by our desires and our goals. What is life without these? Stay foolish … Continue reading