I am both spiritual AND religious. I joyfully attend a creative, multicultural, social justice-y church every week. Also, for the past few years I've been exploring the contemplative Christian tradition, and practicing centering prayer. I go to church and participate in spiritual communities because they are consistent reminders for me to connect to God and to myself, the self God created me to be. I cherish the wisdom and support of other folks seeking those moments of divine union and seeking to use their gifts to benefit others.
One of my favorite places around here is Griffith park because of the zoo and the observatory and the green space in general. It is like L.A.'s communal back yard. I also like to sit around in nature, especially by a stream in the woods, or at the beach in the evening. I exercise a few days a week to de-stress and stay healthy. I like swimming, riding a bike, and hiking slowly enough to enjoy the scenery. I am not an athlete. Let's not even pretend about that, but I enjoy being active at my own pace.
I'm subtly counter cultural. I make choices for myself that make me feel the most healthy physically, emotionally, and spiritually. I would almost always prefer to have a home-cooked meal over being treated to a meal in a restaurant. I make sure to get enough sleep. I live within my means. I am a committed and reliable friend. I only wear high heels under extreme peer pressure, such as being someone's maid of honor. I don't enjoy social situations involving standing up for hours, small-talk, loud music, late start time, and smoke, or any combination of the above. I would probably agree to go to an event with these non-preferred list items on rare occasions, if you would agree to buy me ice cream, but if the above are your favorite things, we are probably not compatible.