Savoringlife7
33 Carrboro, United States
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My self-summary
(I'm heading to Hawaii for a month or so in September, at least to Maui and the Big Island...looking to connect with kindred spirits and see where things flow. Will also be in Cali a bit before heading back to NC. Just putting it out there ;) )

Passionate, playful, silly, loving, sensual, dedicated...

Life to me is about showing up fully - being in the moment, feeling, growing, learning, and connecting, while also slowing down and enjoying the so-called "small" things and having fun doing it.

I'm known to say "mmmmmmmm" a lot...and "wow" and "yummy." Haha. I'm very expressive appreciative, and easily impressed with the natural wonders of life. I often say "thank you!" out loud to Life/the Universe/Spirit, in a way that would seem random and even crazy to some people.

I wasn't always so in love with life. I had a very limited, fixed mindset until my early 20s, and felt like I just wasn't good at most things, so I didn't try very hard. Now I see life totally differently and am soooo excited to explore and learn new things!

(Coming attractions, yet to be explored in depth...Surfing, Acro Yoga, Aerial Yoga, learning Spanish!)
What I’m doing with my life
Staying open to limitless possibilities and being continually amazed by what shows up! Loving, laughing, playing, traveling, exploring, learning, trying new things, connecting with people. Doing my best to continually grow and make a positive impact, while also embracing wherever I am at any given moment. I love to socialize and play, and I also cherish quiet time for meditation and reflection.

I LOVE DANCING (especially ecstatic, contact improv, fusion, and blues...recently turned on to zouk), meditating, writing, reading, cooking, walking, snuggling, being with loved ones, practicing yoga, and listening to inspiring talks and recordings. I love being out in nature and I get to the mountains pretty often. I just started CLIMBING and I loooove it! Just indoor so far. Ooh, and I love Authentic Relating/Authentic Games/Circling/Relational Yoga (see authenticworld.org)

I focus quite a bit of time on holistic health and wellness, self care, and working on strengthening, flexibility, and general physical fitness, largely inspired by having dealt with some serious health issues over the years. I was diagnosed with MS when I was 24, and after years of varying levels of illness, have experienced healing that is nothing short of miraculous (Even my neurologist has been blown away...in near disbelief). There have been so many amazing beings and factors that have contributed to this and I am continually learning more.

I have a coaching business, which I LOVE. Coaching doesn't really begin to describe it...It's based on LOVE, mindfulness, and holistic wellness, and more than anything is about holding space for people to feel fully seen and accepted as they are, getting in touch with the wholeness & perfection that is the essence of us all, and helping them to live more fully, deeply, and healthfully from that place of being/awareness. I also offer meditation and iRest / Yoga Nidra guidance and I love helping people to get started with, or go deeper with their practice...I won't get started here on the awesome power of meditation for shifting everything else in life...but WOW. It's foundational. Anyway, as of now I mostly work with people over Skype, which gives me a lot of freedom and flexibility. Yay!

Oooh, and I recently got my Irish citizenship and EU passport! Ireland is another home to me, but then again home is everywhere. I used to live in Berkeley and I generally get back out to California at least once a year and Ireland at least every few years. It seems I'll be doing a lot more traveling in the next few years for teaching and I'm excited to see where that will take me and who I'll connect with along the way!

I fantasize about living closer to the land, growing most of my own food. I love having my hands in the dirt, my bare feet on the Earth. On one hand, I think I'd eventually like to live on some kind of co-created permaculture homestead, maybe a cooperative community. On the other, I want to remain free for boundless travel and exploration! Both possibilities excite me, maybe they can go together. Right now, I'm living in my own space by a magical creek, living a dreamy life, and feeling grateful and excited about having so much freedom to explore. I'm also OPEN and I'm excited to connect with my partner and see what we feel drawn to creating together :)
I’m really good at
Cooking delicious AND healthy food. 'Holding space' for people, listening, loving, connecting, encouraging; seeing the "silver lining." Seeing the beauty, innocence, potential, and LOVE in others and helping them to see it too.

Hugging - I get lots of comments on this, which feels really sweet! I've been told by many people that I give "the best hugs ever." Awww <3

Dancing like nobody's watching :)
The first things people usually notice about me
Physically, I would guess height. Other than that, a lot of people tell me that I have a peaceful, soothing presence. I also make a lot of eye contact...and I smile a lot!
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Wow...I hardly know where to start with books. I really enjoy reading (and listening to) things having to do with holistic health, self actualization, "spirituality," etc.. Some of my favorites are The Power of Now, Yoga Nidra, Tao Te Ching, Positivity, Love 2.0, Body Learning, The Four Agreements, Eastern Body Western Mind, and Wild Feminine. Some favorite authors/teachers are Eckhart Tolle, Jeff Foster, Adyashanti, Mooji, Richard Miller, Ramana Maharshi, Gangaji, Craig Hamilton, Barbara Fredrickson, Brene Brown, Wayne Dyer, Byron Katie, and Sheri Winston.

Um, yeah, food is a big focus in my life...
I love healthy food made from high quality ingredients. Mostly organic/sustainable and lots of local/seasonal. Lots of veggies, lots of whole foods. I generally go to the farmers' market at least once a week and I prepare most of my meals at home - I usually keep it pretty simple, and always delicious. Broadly speaking, some of my favorites are Japanese, Thai, and Indian cuisine...And mmm...YES to fermented foods and green smoothies! I've experimented a lot with different diets/ways of eating, but have found it's most important to focus on listening to what my body wants at any given time, and being open to that changing, instead of deciding to "be" vegan, paleo, etc.. My morals do have a strong influence on what I eat. That said, I've found that my body has not yet been able to function optimally on a vegan diet and in order to fully honor life and whatever it is I'm here to do, I consume pasture-raised eggs, chicken, and wild fish with deep reverence and gratitude. No gluten, dairy, or most refined foods/sugars. Lots of details, I know ;). Also, I'd love to get back to growing more of my own food, but right now traveling is taking priority.

I love music that I can MOVE to...My taste is pretty eclectic, although lately I've been getting more into electronic. I also like listening to traditional flute music, drums, and Kirtan. I've always tended to be mostly drawn to individual songs/pieces and don't usually listen to a lot of music by any one artist, some current favorites are by East Forest, Scott August, Mamuse, Shimshai, The Human Experience, Hang Massive, Nahko and Medicine for the People, Rising Appalachia, and Trevor Hall.

I don't have a TV, but I do enjoy watching a good comedy or documentary every once in a while...pretty rarely at this point. I'm super picky about what I watch or consume in general.
The six things I could never do without
The amazing beings and energies, known and unknown, who directly and indirectly support me on my path. The many beautiful forms taken by the one Universal Consciousness. Everyone, everything, is ultimately Spirit interacting with Spirit.

Love
Passion
Authenticity
Play
Touch/Intimacy/Sensuality/Sexuality
Spiritual practice (life itself as well as
more specific practices)

Materially, I'd rather not be without a pen and something to write on. I've also been getting into playing native flute and hula hooping, so I'd like to have those things around too :).
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Nonduality, self-inquiry, general inquiry, awareness, mindfulness (haha...and "not thinking"), spirituality (whatever that means ;) ), Universal/evolutionary consciousness, tantra, Kashmir Shaivism, Shiva/Shakti, Taoism, holistic wellness, embodiment, sacred sexuality, gender norms, exploring masculine and feminine energies (in myself and others) beyond conditioning, Alexander Technique, anatomy, how amazing bodies are, how amazing life is, new things I want to try (Surfing! Acro yoga!), mindful eating, plant medicine, positive psychology (which implies duality, but duality is contained within nonduality...pos psych is not about "positive thinking" or avoiding the so-called negative, but a recognition of how we can all flourish and experience more of the so-called positive, while honoring and feeling the whole range of rich life experiences), feeling feelings, sustainability, ecology, relationships and the interconnectedness between everyone and everything, permaculture, synchronicity, authenticity, vulnerability, self actualization, making a positive impact, and how I can best continue to serve. What wants to come through me right now? Oh, and yummy, healthy food :)
On a typical Friday night I am
DANCING. Otherwise, maybe at home reading or listening to a webinar, out at a potluck, cooking, having tea with a friend, star gazing in the mountains...
You should message me if
In general, you take care of yourself in mind, body, and spirit, and yet you don't take yourself or anything else *too* seriously. You are passionate and dedicated to living life fully, authentically, and deeply. You are actualizing what you want in your life. You follow your heart and stay open to possibilities beyond your wildest dreams. You are open minded, loving, positive, and comfortable with silence. You enjoy slowing down and savoring, and can also get wild, be playful, and have fun. You value real, deep, authentic communication, truth, and growth.

Bonus points: You love to dance or are at least open to trying.

*Note: As far romantic relationships go, age range is more likely closer to my own age, but I love connecting with kindred spirits of all ages, genders, ethnicities, orientations, etc.. In general, I am very much attracted to men, but I also don't feel totally "straight" and wouldn't feel comfortable listing as such. For me, potential for partnership is based on personal resonance, and I'm open to finding that with anyone. Historically, I've leaned strongly towards monogamy. That said, I'm open to the *possibility* that non-monogamy could work for me with the right person/people. I love the idea of it...at least in theory. What feels most natural is to explore and honor what feels right and nourishing for me and for whoever I am with, letting it evolve moment by moment, with deep and honest communication and respect, without trying to pre-define or put limitations on what that's supposed to look like. Who knows...that may take the form of me wholeheartedly and enthusiastically being monogamous with one person for the rest of my life...Or maybe not. So, haha...yes, I am open to possibilities! <3
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