Category Archives: traveling

Vibration Salvation

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I am standing
Suspended
In a dome of ethereal transparency
Glass-like, yet fluid,
Shimmering eminating vibrations
These walls
The only thing between me and
Galaxies of limitless knowledge,
Expansion, understanding,
Wordless transcendence I see
Just beyond my reach
Slightly distorted, yet infinitely
There
Available
If only…

As I wake, a door
Begins to form in front of me,
The lock nowhere to be seen.
Confusion and frustration
Cloud my mind in self-doubt and judgment
Why am I here
Staring at a door
When I could be discovering
And uncovering trans-galactic mysteries?
But transformation within
Abundant compassion and acceptance
Self-understanding
Clears away the fog
And I can’t help but laugh
As I realize that the door is,
In fact,
Me.

Been In The Woods…

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It’s been over a month since I’ve posted on this blog – I know it’s kind of a sudden change in activity, but life does that kind of thing with me quite often.

Frankly, I’ve been having the time of my life. For the past month I’ve been living in national forests with hundreds of beautiful family members. I’m sure I’ll get to writing about it someday, but right now I’m soaking up the experience.

I may not do much on my blog for a while – I hope that you all stay inspired and true to yourselves. Adventure on!

Salutation Meditation

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I watch the sun
climb its way up from its
bed, the horizon,
beaming rays of
morning glory onto
the face of our Mother.
as I sit, enraptured by this
celebration of life, it seems
the sun is whispering to me
“I am here!”
in joyful song.
But through my musings, I remember
that the sun is not actually rising,
as we so often say;
we are in fact the ones twisting and hurtling
in an eternal orbit of
this tiny corner
of space,
revolving around
the Sun’s life-giving flares.
I ponder on such marvels, that
we are the ones
who twirl in an eternal dance
to greet the sun and the moon each day.
Opening my eyes, I taken in
the golden-tinted wonder
around me.
Smiling, I stretch out my arms
and whisper back,
“Welcome, my friend!”

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*photos not mine

Living Full Circle

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It’s funny how life goes in circles, isn’t it?

I left Vermont on September 15th, with no intention to return within the next few years. Yet here I am, enjoying the familiarity of young adult life in this small town. It’s not all the same, but it’s pretty damn close. And, honestly, I’m pretty okay with that.

On another happy note, the farmer’s markets here in Caledonia County all accept EBT cards! They have this really cool system where EBT funds are exchanged dollar for dollar – I swipe my card, and am given the exact dollar amount that I request in $1 tokens. Of course, there are restrictions to what I can buy. I can’t get non-food items like soaps, candles, alcohol, etc. But I’m able to get the goodies that pique my interest – raw milk, duck eggs/local chicken eggs, veggies, cheese, etc! I don’t have a lot of EBT funds, but it’s nice to know that I can support local farmers with the government’s money. In this particular case, I don’t feel guilty about using governmental benefits. It helps both myself (spiritually, physically and mentally) and the wonderful farms in Vermont!

I have no idea how things are going to unfold during my time here….the mystery always waits until the last second to reveal itself. I guess I don’t mind, though – it always makes for an interesting show ;) With $6 to my name, no place to stay, and bills looming over my head, I can’t wait to see what miracle unfolds. Hopefully we will start working soon! It’s time to be “responsible” (or whatever… :P ) and pay off our car. It’s a hefty price, but I know all will be well. <3

 

Got Milk? Please?!

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So today, my man and I went to the farmer’s market in my hometown. I’ve been missing farm-fresh veggies, and have been FIENDING for the creamy, nutritious, delicious, and (surprise!) illegal substance called…milk.

Not the fake, processed, calcium-depleting crap sold in stores. No, I want the REAL stuff! The stuff that comes right out of the cow!

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yum! yum! yum!

yum! yum! yum!

you can SEE the delicious cream on top! how could you not want that in yo’ mouth?

The funny thing is, the powers that be have decided that this wonderful substance is unsafe, and should be made illegal. Considering all the poisonous crap that’s flying off the shelves of grocery stores everywhere, I really don’t get why. People have been drinking raw milk for ages, and suddenly it’s dangerous? The only reason people say milk isn’t healthy is BECAUSE of the processing it goes through. Pasteurization and homogenization both make milk harder to digest, and homogenization alters the very size and placement of the milk molecules. Creepy? I think so.

Here’s some info:

“Pasteurization compromises your milk. It destroys vitamins and interferes with calcium absorption. When you boil a liquid, you kill any bacteria and make that food sterile. In the process, you can’t help but affect the taste and nutritional value of that food. Pasteurization is the process of heating a liquid to a high enough temperature to kill certain bacteria and disable certain enzymes.”

“Homogenization is a more recently invented process and it has been called “the worst thing that dairymen did to milk.” When milk is homogenized, it is pushed through a fine filter at pressures of 4,000 pounds per square inch. In this process, the fat globules are made smaller by a factor of ten times or more. These fat molecules then become evenly dispersed throughout the milk.

Milk is a hormonal delivery system. When homogenized, milk becomes very powerful and efficient at bypassing normal digestive processes and delivering steroid and protein hormones to the human body (both your hormones and the cow’s natural hormones and the ones they may have been injected with to produce more milk).”

There’s a lot to be said on both sides of this story – I’m sure there are plenty of studies that “prove” pasteurization and homogenization are harmless. And of course they do, because otherwise people wouldn’t buy the product. It doesn’t really convince me, though – especially considering it’s legal to lie on the news. I have decided I am weaning myself off of store-bought milk. It’s really difficult, especially on the road, but luckily there’s help! The Farm to Consumer Legal Defense Fund and A Campaign For Real Milk are two organizations that are fighting the good fight to free raw milk everywhere! I know I’ve jumped on board with the cause :) and, in my humble opinion, so should everyone!

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http://www.farmtoconsumer.org/

http://www.realmilk.com/

http://www.realmilk.com/real-milk-finder/north-carolina/

Rubber Trampin’

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I gotta say, it feels good to have wheels again. Don’t get me wrong, hitchhiking is a cool experience – but spend 4 months doing it in Florida and you’d probably feel the same. Between the Bible thumpers, judgmental a-holes, and prickly everything, I was ready to pull my hair out by the time we finally got out of the state.

Traveling with a car definitely has its downsides, though.

1) Our little whip isn’t exactly in tip-top shape; we’re going to have to do a pretty fair amount of work to it once we make it to Vermont if we want it to last for a while. Luckily, the only trouble we’ve had so far is a tire blown from dry rot. It was scary at first, but – as always – the universe serendipitously provided!

2) In addition, we now have to come up with cash constantly in order to keep the car fueled and oiled. When we were hitchhiking, it was okay if we ran out of money for a while because we could find other ways to get by. Now, having enough money to travel is a constant concern.

3) It’s also a little harder to find a place to stay on the road. Luckily, crashing in a Wal-Mart parking lot is almost always a surefire option, but it’s still more risky than dipping into the woods on the side of the road.

4) Lastly, we’ve sadly steered away from the responsibility-free lifestyle. We have to find a way to pay off the car, and there’s insurance to worry about every month. A big part of our plan to stay in Vermont this summer stems from our need to make money (sadface) to take care of these responsibilities.

Even though traveling this way is a little harder, I find the positives to outweigh any perceived negatives.

–  We can now be more picky about where and what we eat – instead of being dropped off at a Wal-Mart for ease of hitching, we can sniff out farmer’s markets and natural springs to stock up on REAL food and water.

–  We can also camp at any national forest across the country without a problem. Instead of sticking to highways and highly populated roads, we can take our time exploring the countryside and scenic drives. I feel a lot less restricted traveling in a car of our own; during our hitching months, I struggled to let go my prized sense of independence. It was hard for me to travel on other peoples’ terms – and strangers at that! It was definitely a learning and growing experience.

–  Having a permanent shelter is also kinda comforting. We’ve learned to love the rain, but it’s nice to know that we can keep our backpacks dry without having to run for cover.

–  One of my favorite pros, however, is that we can now be the hitchees instead of the hitchers! Our teeny car is a little full right now with some extra stuff we have to get rid of, but we’ve already been able to give a guy a ride down the road. After having so much trouble hitching, I gotta say it felt pretty good to be able to help someone out in that way!

 

All in all, I’m a pretty happy travelin’ camper (see what I did there?) We’ve made it about halfway to Vermont so far, and have been able to spend time with friends and family along the way. Our drive from southern Mississippi to central North Carolina has been full of adventure – with so much more to come! As usual, I’m pretty excited about what new, wonderful experiences our journey will unfold :) being in a constant state of excitement is so ecstatic…I really do love it. <3

meet Natalia (aka Nat Geo), our little turtle car! She's full of personality and pretty badass. I'm glad to be able to include her on our adventures :)

meet Natalia (aka Nat Geo), our little turtle car! She’s full of personality and pretty badass. I’m glad to be able to include her on our adventures :) also, Raven’s face is pretty priceless.