Write a little about yourself. Just a paragraph will do.
I feel complete and whole, and live a life of abundance and
gratitude. I wish the highest happiness for all people and all
beings. Social justice, environmentalism, and animal protection are
priorities in my life. I also value frugalness, simplicity, and
Spiritual growth is core for me. If I had to label my spiritual
framework it would be something like Unitarian-Buddhist-Christian,
with the Christian part taking an esoteric or non-traditional form.
I meditate daily as a way to further simplify and purify my
I would love to find others who similarly value and cultivate
unconditional love, compassion, equanimity, appreciation, courage,
and simplicity in their lives.
What I’m doing with my life
Don’t overthink this one; tell us what you’re doing day-to-day.
So far this year, I've gone camping in Frontenac State Park twice
(once in April and again in August), did a nine day meditation
retreat in Wisconsin, taught some botany classes at North
Mississippi Regional Park, went to a birding conference in Ashland,
Wisconsin, did an eight-day meditation retreat at Holy Spirit
Retreat Center in Janesville, MN, taught a 10 week, 40 hour
introductory course for Minnesota Master Naturalist Volunteers, and
attended the Minnesota Naturalist Association Conference at Long
Lake Conservation Center in Palisade, MN where I gave a talk
titled, "Learn 40,000 Plants: An Intro to Identifying Plants by
While at home, I work enough to cover my expenses, otherwise I
spend my time with friends and family, volunteering with animal and
environmental groups, continuing my studies of all things nature,
gardening, preparing meals from scratch, spending time in nature,
reading, biking, exercising and going out dancing.
Last year, I birded at Sax Zim Bog in northern Minnesota, and
Madera Canyon in Arizona; backpacked in Frontenac State Park, the
Superior Hiking Trail, and the Teton Wilderness in Wyoming;
attended an outdoor ecology conference in Kentucky; bike-camped to
Afton State Park; and attended a two-day animal tracking course at
Crex Meadows in Wisconsin.
I won the coveted title of Ms. Cirque du SoGay at last year's
(2014) Cirque du SoGay alley cat bike race.
Went on 11 vacations in 2013 including a bike tour through northern
Minnesota, teaching at the Traditional Ways Gathering in Wisconsin,
watching the Perseid Meteor Shower with friends at Savannah Portage
State Park, and visiting friends in Duluth to watch the hawks
I’m really good at
Go on, brag a little (or a lot). We won’t judge.
• Communication: Can talk with others about emotionally-charged and
difficult subject matter without getting angry, upset, or mean.
Really value good communication.
• Being frugal: Material possessions are not a priority for me.
Have a few nice things (bike, laptop, binoculars) that allow me to
pursue my hobbies, but generally don't spend money on
entertainment, eating out, clothing, gadgets, etc. Have a ten year
old flip phone, wear hand-me-downs, and am car free. By keeping my
expenses down, am able to work less and live more.
• Being myself: Enjoy the simplicity, freedom, and integrity of it.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Help your potential matches find common interests.
Books: love to read and am typically reading several books at a
time. Usually psychology, spirituality, self-help, how to, filed
guides, some fiction, and whatever my book club book is.
Movies: enjoy musicals, indy, sci-fi, fantasy, foreign, and rom
TV: I'd generally rather live life than watch TV.
Music: love stuff with lyrics that is fun to sing along with and
dance to. Female vocals a plus!
The six things I could never do without
Think outside the box. Sometimes the little things can say a lot.
• Friends and Family
• Back rubs
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Global warming, lunch, or your next vacation… it’s all fair game.
... quotes that inspire me, such as:
"Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that
hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and
persecute you" – Jesus
"Through nonviolence, courage displaces fear; love transforms hate.
Acceptance dissipates prejudice; hope ends despair. Peace dominates
war; faith reconciles doubt. Mutual regard cancels enmity. Justice
for all overthrows injustice. The redemptive community supersedes
systems of gross social immorality.
"Love is the central motif of nonviolence. Love is the force by
which God binds [people] to Himself and [hu]man to [hu]man. Such
love goes to the extreme; it remains loving and forgiving even in
the midst of hostility. It matches the capacity of evil to inflict
suffering with an even more enduring capacity to absorb evil, all
the while persisting in love.
"By appealing to conscience and standing on the moral nature of
human existence, nonviolence nurtures the atmosphere in which
reconciliation and justice become actual possibilities." -
Statement of Purpose from the Student Nonviolent Coordinating
On a typical Friday night I am
Netflix and takeout, or getting your party on — how do you let loose?
Ignoring and replacing this question with "What am I seeking on
Looking for someone -- from any faith or no faith at all -- who is
walking the same, or similar, spiritual path as me. Based on my
experiences, the following five statements are true. Read them over
and let me know how many of them you agree with.
1. I see how deluded other people are and how blind they are to
their own delusions. This makes me aware that I too probably have
my own delusions that I am blind to.
2. When anger, hatred, envy, judgment, fear, worry or other
negative emotions arise in me, I am regularly able to witness their
arising while remaining calm and collected.
3. I assume responsibility for all negative states that arise
within me. It is not others that cause my emotions. My emotions
arise in response to old habit patterns and the associated thoughts
and perceptions that arise within my mind.
4. Unconditional love is wishing the best for all beings –
regardless of if they are friend or foe, helpful or dangerous,
enjoyable or annoying. I value and actively cultivate within me
unconditional love for all beings and all life.
5. I value and actively cultivate patience in my life.
I am ready to settle down, but not ready to settle for anyone who
is not a good fit. Ideally, we would see our relationship as
spiritual practice and aid each other in being enlightened and
creating the beloved community.
You should message me if
Offer a few tips to help matches win you over.
...you prioritize social justice, simple living, and spiritual
growth in your life.
...you read this profile and thought, "Wow! We share a lot of the
same values. I could see myself being good friends with this
To increase the likelihood that I respond, please include the word
"volcano" in your message to show me you actually read my profile,
and let me know with how many of the above five statements you
agree. Thanks! ;)
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