mahler58172
39 Ann Arbor, United States
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My self-summary
Warm and empathic, honest and transparent, intelligent and self-aware, wise and humble, exceptionally broad-minded, quirky and creative, and passionately committed to transforming self and world through radical acceptance. I'm often told I'd make a great therapist, educator, parent.

More concretely: A jack-of-many-trades (though perhaps master of none), I have degrees in environmental studies, philosophy, cosmology, consciousness studies, and music. I'm a nature-lover, social and environmental activist, classically-trained musician & audiophile, successful bodyworker/writer/editor, amateur dancer, closet orchestra-conductor, film critic.
What I’m doing with my life
I serve as a massage therapist and am editor of the local street / social justice newspaper, Groundcover News. I spend much of my free time playing with creative projects, connecting with friends, roaming in nature (climbing trees, birding, hiking, biking, kayaking, bouldering), discovering new music, watching films, reading, dancing, soul-connecting, visioning, and waking up from the dream.

I keep a film review blog: greatcontemporaryfilms.wordpress.com

I'm thrilled to be drumming again after a many-year hiatus.

Next phase: looking into philosophy teaching gigs.
I’m really good at
seeing beauty, open and transparent communication, being vulnerable, being strong, making others feel seen and appreciated, reveling in the sensuousness of experience, drumming, dancing, massaging, writing, teaching, research, being goofy, being sexy, seeing the big picture, making children squeal with glee, fixing anything with items from my junk drawer, losing track of time, sleeping in.
The first things people usually notice about me
My warm smile and bright blue eyes, my sincerity and generosity of sprit, my playful intelligence, my fit bod
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Books: A Course of Love, The Little Prince, A Brief History of Everything, Autobiography of a Yogi, anything by Ken Wilber

Films: Tree of Life, 8 1/2, Gravity, Inception, Melancholia, Lord of the Rings, Gosford Park, Crouching Tiger / Hidden Dragon, Kill Bill; anything by the Coen brothers, Kubrick, Scorsese, Inarritu, Ang Lee.

Music: Bach is my bread and butter. Mahler is the closest thing to my heart in the world. Have long had a rapturous fascination with the music of Olivier Messiaen. But I dig anything heartfelt, funky, or deeply creative.

Food: I'm a lifelong vegetarian-turned-selective omnivore with a much-moderated but intense snack-tooth. I'm very accepting of others' eating choices. If I could get away with it, I would subsist entirely on Indian food (esp. naan).
The six things I could never do without
Intimacy
Wildness
Music
Children
Sacred wisdom
Community
I spend a lot of time thinking about
the transformative potential of acceptance, nonviolent communication, claiming my power, integral education, my life path, our planet's future, beauty in all its forms, sexuality, living mindfully, creative manifestation, revisioning the human project.
On a typical Friday night I am
making music, dancing, catching up with friends, gazing at the stars, reading or watching a movie.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I evolve a unique and elaborate communication style with every pet, involving nonsense words and impromptu songs incorporating their various nicknames. Very few people get to see this side of me!
You should message me if
* you share my desire to connect with honesty, vulnerability and loving kindness

* love, wonder and creativity are stronger forces in your life than fear

* karmic forces compel you to do so ;)
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