Goodbye With Love for 2016

Goodbye 2016,

      Thank you for all the gifts, opportunities, experiences and eye-openers.

I choose to let go and let die – the good, the bad and all the in-between.

I choose to transcend, transmute and transform all lesser energies, thoughts, behaviors, and relationships so I may create more space for the unraveling love, miracles and abundance, to effortlessly flow through me and into my being. I’m creating space within so I may fully embody the vessel of light, love and healing and serve my highest good for the greatest good for all.

I’m letting go of my need to worry-

I’m letting go of my need to be angry,

letting go of the need to control,

letting go of excuses,

letting go of addictions,

letting go of past-dreaming and future-tripping,

letting go of sad, old, disabling stories,

letting go of regret, wishing, and blaming,

letting go of jealousy, self-pity and self-abuse.

Thank you 2016 for all that you have taught me,

I love you dearly.

Goodbye.

Fav TEDTALKS: Become a better conversationalist

10 Ways to have a better conversation

Lately, I’ve been coming to face the fact that although I take pride in having great conversations 89% of the time, I still walk away from some people wishing it had gone smoother.

I came across this video on my FB feed and it left me with emotions and thoughts of hope for all those out there who share my same discomfort and discontent with the experiences of conversing with others.

“We have two ears and one mouth, so we should listen more than we say.” – Zeno of Citium quotes Diogenes Laërtius

Have you been listening?

I challenge you to test yourself tomorrow, become aware of all the moments you catch yourself tuning out instead of tuning into the interactions and conversations you’re actually having. If you’re waiting for the other person to finish their sentence and then hastily competing to get your two cents in, I doubt you’re listening (and that’s just rude!)

You will feel much more energy in an exchange of genuine active sharing of ideas and emotions when you allow yourself to be the listener as well as the speaker. I know it’s not an easy thing to do, I’m a stage hog myself. But you will respect yourself in the end for your efforts and the awareness cultivated in the process. Have any comments or experiences to share? I’m here to listen!

Twiglets

Stay within the range of the target

with both eyes open now,

focused.

Quiet is the mind,

 in the world where

nothing shakes the ground

you walk on.

Transcend the clutches of insecurity and doubt,

a grain of sand can sabotage the gears

like a pinch of envy may plant a seed of fears,

that will sprout more than

a garden of overly sour fruit.

So as careful as the gardener prunes her shrubs,

she must be aware of the soil and the wind

that subtly mold the branches day by day.

Coyote In the Wild

The Blue Moon rises
and the coyote ensues;
lurking the outlawed region,
for satisfaction in umbra.


Starvation and boredom
motivates coyote well.
Yet, her snout digs
In all the wrong burrows.

Cuspate fangs find humor
on lonesome moon-lit strides.
She inhales mota-vacion,
through purple haired buds
of insight.

The Blue Moon sets,
Coyote sips her aperitif wine
and awakens in slumber
beyond the conscious mind.

Medicate on Meditation: My Top 4 Medidation Apps!

Hi, my name is Dion and I’m a victim of stress. [This is where all of you in the room would reply with monotone and dry welcome]. Overall, I’m grateful to say that I live a beautiful life and one that I am proud to be co-creating…but I still experience the highs and lows of a stressful lifestyle.

We are unique in the way we express ourselves and we are unique in the way we internalize stress. In my case, I have my own stressors that I have been struggling with for some time. I’m a workaholic, a busy-bee, the kind of person that is ALWAYS needing to DO something. On top of my stressful behaviors, there is cultural stress, stress of schooling, working, home and relationship-stress. I have had moments where I wished I could stop time just to take a breath.  This behavior has been over-rewarded in my upbringing and now my life is a dance of symptoms of psychological stress. I have reached out in the wrong places: external relief and distractions through alcohol, drugs, eating, mindless Tv. All those things lead me nowhere, still stressed  and overwhelmed. So what helps me?

I’m learning that there is beauty and also necessity in rest, relaxation and recharge, and this wisdom is now rising in value. The major mediating factors between stress and I have been two key activities: Yoga and Meditation.  You have yet to try a yoga class? If you are open-minded and gentle with yourself in the learning process, yoga is an amazing alchemical practice. If it’s not on the relative things for you to try this year then fret not, meditation is still available to you. Never meditated before? Don’t worry – you don’t have to run into the mountains and fast for 10 days (Unless you want to try it, it’s not for the faint-hearted). Thanks to the amazing minds of technology today, avid meditators out there have been creative in their means of teaching the world how to meditate. Hurrah for APPS!

Today I want to dip into my favorite collection of meditation apps that I have found easy and effective to get the job done. Take a break from stress and medicate yourself with your breath!

My Top 4 favorite APPS that ease Mind Body & Soul

1. Headspace: Treat Your Head Right

A new APP that a girlfriend showed me just three days ago. I’ve used it everyday since the initial download and I love it! It’s simple, quirky and beginner friendly. The ability to invite your friends to meditate with you, also able to see each other’s progress allows for a sense of accountability but also connection. The little animations every other lesson entertain the mind as it helps you reprogram your ability to focus. Once you’ve passed the first stage of 10 days, you unlock subscription access and other lessons as well. Try out Creativity, Productivity or Stress Release for more specific meditation guidance. Options for daily reminders and notifications are quite helpful but not nagging.

2. Omvana

I’m loyal to Omvana because I’m head over heels for MindValley. If you consider yourself a LightWorker, MindValley is one of those companies that you dream to be a part of. I’ve never thought I’d fall in love with a Brand or a company in the same way. This APP is visual, versatile and expansive. It’s interface similar in use to the Apple Store on Mac systems. There is a smorgasbord of categories you can choose from: How-to-be’s, Inspiring Speeches, Abundance and Law of Attraction, Visualizations, simple breathing techniques galore. With certain meditative tracks you can mix your choice of background music to vocal overlays to your liking. This app was my first-go-to when I decided to incorporate meditation into my lifestyle.

3. Transform your Daily Life by Cheri Huber

Now this isn’t necessarily a meditation app but it is an insightful little “book” to keep in your pocket. It reads 365 days and everyday is a new page written with a themed quote. With the quote a “journal” assignment is given to suggest ways to incorporate the thought into your day. I find the act of journaling very soothing and meditative. We all express differently and I believe journaling is a personal platform that when used intently may allow more in depth investigation and growth to occur in a more natural setting for an individual.

4. SleepStream!

I suggest this app to all my fellow insomniacs. When I was 17-21 I had terrible insomnia that was onset due to sporadic behaviors (I was a teenager). Later on in life I learned the several triggers and ways insomnia develops and grew out of it. But during those times of intense tiredness and lack of sleeping, I turned to SleepStream. I had heard or read somewhere that binaural beats were the new thing in music technology and that it could cure/assist many ailments. I decided to try it out. The APP has many in-app purchases available, but a well of FREE tracks as well. There is a binaural beat overlay that you may choose to mix with a handful of background music. I drifted more towards water sounds and the mid-tone beats. I used this app religiously and within a course of 3-6 months the gap between laying down and laying awake decreased and I was getting 5-8 hours of sleep a night. I definitely recommend the pre-sleep guide as well.

There are many benefits to having a daily meditation practice and there are several ways you can tailor your practice to your lifestyle and personal preferences. The trend in this era is instant gratification; Meditation is not a one-hit-wonder or fix-it all answer, it is a practice. With practice, comes better – not perfect. I have yet to meet a single person who has told me they have regretted learning meditation. I have heard that they regret not beginning sooner, as it has transformed them through meditation. Whatever curiosity or doubts you have, the best way to experience it is through your own life and the work you put into it. Just breathe and go slowly.

The Pursuit of Light

I greet the day with gratitude laced with longing.
This hunger animates my entire being,
Sharpening my senses, a new way of seeing.
The pursuit of Light is my soul’s calling.

20160906-745a0881I am a Light Huntress.
Chasing the Light through its transient forms –
the lenses are interchangeable but are one of the same.
This Light moves me, it breathes life into my bones and frame.

My life is a complex series of seeking of pleasure,
where rituals pull me out of the soft hold of my lover.
The moments I hold sacred and close to my heart
are the ceremonies I create with Light playing a vital part.

Light is limitless in the way it transforms me.
Each moment I witness it’s ability to transmute
the perception I hold of a shadow or disgust
into a piece so beautiful that it regains my trust.

My Light journey is not limited to art or movement.
Light is also growing in the crevices of my writing.
The Light has led me out of the portal of slumber,
an angelic hand that disintegrates the illusion of time.
But it has taught me to embrace the darkness in my sleep,
as the liberating force that releases the chains of my mind.

I greet the day as a Light Huntress.
I aim to create a life fueled by the pursuit of Light.
I offer my wounds as healing for others I meet on my quest.
As I shine love upon my worries, fears and pain,
I hope others find solace, comfort and inspiration as their own gain.

On this pursuit of Light I greet the day
with an open heart and and an open mind.

 

 

 

Maui Turtle Team!

Aloha from Maui!
It’s been a hot minute since I’ve contributed to a thoughtful post. I’ve been busy on Maui finishing my Marine Naturalist Certificate at the local University of Hawai’i. Here are some photos I’ve taken while contributing my time with Maui’s non-profit organization Hawai’i Wildlife Fund. While working with this organization I have focused on the projects that aim to protect the Hawaiian Green Sea Turtles, Honu in Hawaiian.

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[Here is a Honu yawning while he basks on the beach]

Hawai’i Wildlife Fund (HWF) is a great group of very driven and devoted volunteers who believe the ocean and it’s amazing creatures should be protected and respected in their native habitats. With my internship with them I have had some great experiences so far that have truly changed the way I value our ability to come together with a purpose and a vision to do the right thing. So far I’ve dedicated over 75 hours with them, the first tid bit of my internship I spent on a popular surfing beach called Ho’okipa.

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[Christine and Nick, Marine Biologists from Italy working with HWF counting honu]

While stationed there I witnessed the craze that has developed with the aid of social media. Social media in this sense has been a double-edge sword. It has done wonders to promote the organization and the work they do, also gaining much more sponsorhip and financial support from outside assistance. On the other hand, it has attracted a routine of tourist busses to stop at Ho’okipa to observe the phenomena of basking Hawaiian Green Sea Turtles as one of their “free” stops on the way to Hana. I mean, I totally get it. It’s the closest you will get to a wild animal without having to pay an entrance fee, like at an aquarium or zoo. These animals are amazing in their own unique way, and also on the climb up back from being on the endangered species list. Our mission with HWF is to educate, protect and spread awareness of how to properly behave around these animals and the other animals of the ocean.

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Every day and every night, the honu gather onto this beach and bask in the sun. This behavior is unique to this animal, as ectoderms they rely on the warmth of the sun to heat their bodies. They also use this time to digest their food and rest from their long days of diving and feeding. The most turtles I have seen on the beach was 30-40 turtles, all huddled together on the sand. There have been records of 60-80 of them at one time on this beach! The main traffic time for the honu is right before sunset, they come in masses to get settled on the beach and they will sleep there until they set out again at sunrise. They are pretty laid back animals, I definitely hear a chill surfer tone in the back of my head when I look at them relaxing under the Maui sun.

Currently, the research and studies being done on these turtles are to follow their growth in population, their overall health and disease numbers, and learn more about their behaviors as a species.

If you plan to visit Maui in the future, I highly reccommend joining us for a day or two (or however long you wish!) and participate in the many projects HWF offer to visiting volunteers. Just check out their website online. Having some sun, sitting on the beach isn’t a bad gig.

It also amazes me how far people will go for a social media “LIKE” or “FOLLOW”. There have been incidences where we have caught people sitting on the turtles and posing with them, completely disreguarding that these are living and conscious animals that have their own agenda, one not being part of their profile facade. This saddens me in a way because it points to the fact that there are people out there who just flat out don’t care, who are oblivious and ignorant to their role as a human being on this planet.

Albeit, my hope for humanity has dramatically improved since working with HWF. There are so many people out there who genuinely want to learn how to be better individuals, better contributing people of society and a global community.20160801-745a0550

Growing up on Maui I was one of the few children that did not grow up in love with the ocean and it’s beautiful inhabitants. Not by choice, but my family had other interests and were more of beach-chair people rather than adventurous surfers or divers. Only until recently have I fallen head over heels for the beautiful Ocean and all her granduer. I credit my newfound obsession for the water to my boyfriend. He grew up in Costa Rica and Florida and the Ocean has always been a fundamental element in his upbringing and like many other people, the Ocean is more than just aesthetics and relaxation, it’s a way of life.

With this realization of love for the Ocean, the past two years have been a time of self-discovery and exploration. I’m driven to find my own unique way to contribute to the growing needs of our global wellbeing as a whole. There are many routes and specializations of environmentalism, naturalism, conservationism, etc. At the moment, I’m being called to tweak my individual role to be more of an innovative, communicator, educator or something along the lines where I can spread awareness and connect more people to nature and explore the ways we can improve our current conditions of our planet. I’m not sure how this will look further down the line of my life, but I’m eager to continue learning and growing skills that will be resourceful in various ways to our global community.

In whatever free time I can put together during my “overly productive” week, I seek solace and comfort in the silky blue waves of Maui. Surfing, snorkeling, and soon to be scuba diving and free diving – the Ocean provides such variety in experiences for everyone. Being in the Ocean has taught me many valuable lessons that I live by. Learning about the crazy creatures that live in the Ocean has been a mind-expanding awakening, there is so much that is happening that we can’t begin to understand with just basic understanding! For one, the Ocean also plays a vital role in the influence our global weather patterns and climate.

[I’m not here to give you lectures about the scientific phenomena about the ocean, so I’ll digress for now. I do believe that if you find the ocean appealing, I support further investigation or research for your own understanding.]

I’ll be making a new post about the Hawksbill turtle project that I’m also working on in a few weeks! I hope you’ve enjoyed these images of these awesome creatures and my little spiel.

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**Thank you for reading,
& with that I’m out!
Diondra XO**