I generally believe that people are inherently good *and* that we are fairly self-absorbed assholes most of the time. I prefer one on one encounters to group settings. I'm naturally an introvert, but will play nice with others when I have to. I'll take a dive bar with some good music and interesting people over the muckety muck, trendy "see and be seen" scenes. I'm fairly non-traditional but appreciate it when someone of any gender holds the door open for me, walks with me instead of ahead of me, and says please, thank you and bless you when I sneeze.
I've spent long periods of time in isolation, dealing with my shit and taking a look at all aspects of who I am, including the dark sides of myself. I can smell bullshit a mile a way and I tend to cut anyone out of my life who is into trauma drama and games. I believe that communication is one of the most important things in life, and I don't understand why it isn't being taught in schools starting as early as preschool. I do my best to align myself with people who are authentic and who are able to say what they mean and mean what they say - even when it is inconvenient, uncomfortable, risky or makes you unpopular.
I'm a yoga teacher whose areas of interest are anatomy, Yin yoga, meditation and Yoga Nidra. I believe in the beginner's mind and subscribe to the philosophy that the more I learn, you realize there is only more to learn. Practice makes more practice. I'm good at holding space for others to have whatever experience they need to have, whether it be a student in a yoga class, that obnoxious person holding up the line at the grocery store, or those who are actively at end of life at the skilled nursing facility where I volunteer.
The most important relationship I will ever have is with myself. I've come to the realization that each relationship has its own rhythm and the less we try to define or place expectations on it, the better chance it has of evolving into its true potential, whatever that may be. Of course, I still struggle with this. For this reason, I'm open to various kinds of relationships - ones where we may never meet and just have good, interesting conversation; ones that are open; the casual kind (very selectively); and who knows, maybe the one that lasts. I'm not really into group experiences. I prefer to focus my attention on one person and vice versa.