Warning: my profile is long. I'm really good at adding, not so much at throwing away :)
Born in the USSR, grew up in Maryland, moved to Eugene 4 years ago, and now on to Portland. I've been here for almost two years now and have completely fallen in love with this city. Let's show each other around!
A glimpse into my world:
Current articles I have open to remind me to read (I always have far too many tabs):
--Why Sex Should Be Treated As a Spiritual Practice
--Love As A Mutual Dance
--What Everyone Needs to Know About Their Chakras
--How To Make Love to Yourself
--Are You Empowered By Being Here?
--Revolutionary Love and Spiritual Partnership
--We Were Made For These Times
--Making a Medicine Wheel Garden
--Sun has 'flipped upside down' as new magnetic cycle begins
--Find What Your Love and Let it Kill You
--Alter Your Genes and Cure Any Disease
--9 Strategies for Non-Oppressive Polyamory
--How to Have Sex on Purpose
--What Everyone Needs to Know About Their Chakras
--Is the Universe A Hologram?
--Moving From Attachment to Detachment with Love
--"Infinite Possibilities" by Mike Dooley
--"Leveraging the Universe" by Mike Dooley
--"Teachings on Love" by Thich Nhat Hanh
--"The Divine Feminine Fire" by Teri Degler
--"Daring Greatly" by Brene Brown
--"The Final Elimination of the Source of Fear" by Saratoga and Telstar
--"The Heart of the Buddha's Teaching" by Thich Nhat Hanh
--"Nonviolence Communication" by Marshall Rosenberg
--"Earthclan" by David Brin
--"The Ethical Slut" by Dossie Easton and Janet W. Hardy
--"Stumbling on Happiness" by Daniel Gilbert
Favorite quotes that sum me up rather nicely:
"You can be the most beautiful person in the world and everybody sees light and rainbows when they look at you, but if you yourself don't know it, all of that doesn't even matter. Every second that you spend on doubting your worth, every moment that you use to criticize yourself; is a second of your life wasted, is a moment of your life thrown away. It's not like you have forever, so don't waste any of your seconds, don't throw even one of your moments away.” ― C. JoyBell C.
"Be soft. Do not let the world make you hard. Do not let the pain make you hate. Do not let the bitterness steal your sweetness. Take pride that even though the rest of the world may disagree, you still believe it to be a beautiful place." ~Iain Thomas
"Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others." --Marianne Williamson
"If we listened to our intellect, we'd never have a love affair. We'd never have a friendship. We'd never go into business, because we'd be too cynical. Well, that's nonsense. You've got to jump off cliffs all the time and build your wings on the way down." --Annie Dillard
"What I want in my life is compassion, a flow between myself and others based on a mutual giving from the heart." --Marshall B. Rosenberg, Ph.D.
“Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs are people who have come alive.” --Howard Thurman
"When health is absent, wisdom cannot reveal itself, art cannot manifest, strength cannot fight, wealth becomes useless, and intelligence cannot be applied." --Herophilus
"Always say “yes” to the present moment. What could be more futile, more insane, than to create inner resistance to what already is? What could be more insane than to oppose life itself, which is now and always now? Surrender to what is. Say “yes” to life — and see how life suddenly starts working for you rather than against you.” --Eckhart Tolle
"The doctor of the future will give no medicine, but will interest his patients in the care of the human frame, in diet, and in the cause and prevention of disease." ~Thomas Edison
"When I was 5 years old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life. When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down "happy". They told me I didn’t understand the assignment. I told them they didn’t understand life." — John Lennon <3
"You must be the change you wish to see in the world." --Mahatma Gandhi
The Dalai Lama, when asked what surprised him most about humanity, answered, "Man. Because he sacrifices his health in order to make money. Then he sacrifices money to recuperate his health. And then he is so anxious about the future that he does not enjoy the present; the result being that he does not live in the present or the future; he lives as if he is never going to die, & then dies having never really lived."
"Never let anyone come to you without coming away better and happier." --Mother Teresa
"Here we are, arguably the most intellectual, clever species ever to have lived--so how is it that we can destroy the only planet we have?" --Jane Goodall
'The beef industry has contributed to more American deaths than all the wars of this century, all natural disasters, and all automobile accidents combined. If beef is your idea of “real food for real people,” you’d better live real close to a real good hospital.' —Neal D. Barnard, MD
"If all the money that is being spent on finding ways to kill people was used instead to feed them and house them, clothe them and educate them -- how beautiful that would be. We are too often afraid of the sacrifices we might have to make. But where there is true love, there is joy and peace." --Mother Teresa
"If we did all the things we are capable of, we would literally astound ourselves." --Thomas Edison
"We're all going to die, all of us, what a circus! That alone should make us love each other but it doesn't. We are terrorized and flattened by trivialities, we are eaten up by nothing." --Charles Bukowski
‘It’s very dear to me, the issue of gay marriage. Or as I like to call it: “Marriage.” You know, because I had lunch this afternoon, not gay lunch. I parked my car; I didn’t gay park it.' --Liz Feldman
"At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us." --Albert Schweitzer
For each new morning with its light,
For rest and shelter of the night,
For health and food, for love and friends,
For everything Thy goodness sends.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
"All that we are is the result of what we have thought." --Buddha
"Until he extends the circle of his compassion to all living things, man will not himself find peace." —Albert Schweitzer
"The only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn, like fabulous yellow Roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars, and in the middle, you see the blue center-light pop, and everybody goes ahh..." --Jack Kerouac
"The Republican National Committee announced today that the Republican Party is changing its emblem from an elephant to a condom. Governor Marc Racicot, RNC chairman, explained that the condom more clearly reflects the party's stance today, because a condom accepts inflation, halts production, destroys the next generation, protects a bunch of pricks, and gives you a false sense of security while you're actually getting screwed."