Future, Goals

Waiting on Adventure

Hello, fellow Transadventurist!

Happy Spring! I hope you all are enjoying your winter hibernation wake-up.
If you’re anything like me, you can probably relate to those feelings of “waking up” as the weather gets warmer and the earth starts to bloom.
And what a glorious feeling it is after such a hard winter.

Now that I’m enjoying the sun, and driving with the windows down, I’m feeling that all too familiar urge to start moving again. To get out and grab some adventure!
But what to do when you desire to go one direction, and your circumstances are keeping you headed in another?

It can feel very discouraging to know where you want to go while having little to no means of getting there. To have big goals and dreams and only being able to take the smallest of baby steps towards them.
And it can feel even more frustrating when there’s no clear path through the morass of catch-22s that hinder your progress.

So what does an adventurist do when he can’t go on adventures?
I wish I could tell you. I wish I could figure it out already.

I’d love to give you some awesome strategy for breaking the rut and outsmarting the catch-22-ness of it all. But I’ve got nothing. And I’m right there with you.

All I can say is, you have to learn to enjoy the process, Otherwise you’re just going to go crazy. Detaching from outcomes and perceptions also helps.
Like everything in life, there are low and high points. Nothing could exist without this wave-shape. You can’t have crests without troughs and you can’t have troughs without crests. You can’t have the enjoyable moments without the not-so-enjoyable moments. That’s just how nature works.

It’s all the same wave. And no matter where you are in life, you’re always going to find this wave motion. And like any wave motion, your place on it will not stay the same forever. Change will come, whether you bring it about, or your circumstances evolve into something different.

I will share one tip I’ve discovered:
If you have to do repetitive work at your job, and you’re having a hard time remaining present with it, try being hyper-aware of your body as your work. Feel yourself moving and working. I’ve found this to be helpful in remaining present where I am, and it usually leads me to great appreciate of my body and the work I’m doing, which naturally gets me into a more healthy head-space.

I know it sucks sometimes.
Yes, it’s frustrating wanting to move mountains and being stuck moving papers. But if that’s the case, be the best damn paper-pusher you can be.
You’ll get back to those mountains soon enough. I promise.

Until next time, my friend.

Love always, all ways.

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Made With 100% Real Mediocrity!

“REAL FRUIT!”

It immediately caught my attention. It was supposed to. The colors, the font, the graphics… Everything was geared toward bringing my attention to this one fact.
This wasn’t that fake fruit shit. This was real.
And then I started laughing.

If you’re a fan of Arrested Development, you’ll probably remember Gob’s frozen banana stand slogan: “A frozen banana that WON’T make you sick and kill you.”
It’s a horrible slogan of course, because food that won’t kill you is not a selling point. It’s merely a minimum expectation that brings you from “bad” to “average.”
We recognize this and laugh, because we can see how ridiculous it is.

But take a look around you. You’ll find that this mentality has become extremely pervasive. It’s especially easy to find in grocery stores.
Sometimes it’s very subtle. Celebrating mediocrity has become so ingrained in our culture that we seldom notice it, and we almost expect it.

“Made with real fruit!”
“Our cars are dependable!”
“I take care of my kids!”
“We keep your money safe!”

And these are just a few of the examples of I’ve encountered. Real examples. Not those fake examples others use.

But these are not selling points! Nor should they be advertised as such. And I’m not just talking about businesses here. This mentality of celebrated mediocrity has found its way into our social and personal lives as well.

You don’t get to award yourself points for meeting minimum expectations!

Food is supposed to be real.
Cars are supposed to be dependable.
Parents are supposed to take care of their kids.
Banks are supposed to keep your money safe.

Making a big deal about how you’ve set the bar painfully low only demonstrates how much you don’t give a shit, and shows everyone how little you expect of yourself.

So go ahead and keep your real fruit.
I’m not paying extra for something that merely won’t make me sick and kill me.

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[Insert New Year Title]

Happy new year, my friend!

Yep, I’m still here. I haven’t fallen off the face of the earth. Although my absence lately might suggest otherwise.

Seeing that it’s new year’s eve, I would have liked to give you some originally powerful insights about how to make the coming year your best one yet. I won’t though, because, one, the interwebs are already flooded with such info tonight. And two, I wouldn’t have a clue about what to say.

In fact, I haven’t had anything to say for a month.

This winter has me in a deep funk. It feels like a disorienting fog. A sort of restless confusion that seems to strip me ever more of my comforts and my ego, and bring me face to face with the parts of myself and my world that I’ve always labeled ugly.

Even ideas and realities that stood firm in my mind only a couple months ago have been decimated. Answers which I had worked hard for now don’t apply anywhere and have only been outgrown by their originating questions.
It’s a purifying journey, the only company in which is the evermore present questions of what I really desire and who I’m choosing to be.
To which, I’ve discovered, I only have half-formed thoughts and fuzzy descriptions. Which is probably part of the “problem” in the first place.

It almost feels as if it’s all leading to a terrifyingly blank slate.

I have to admit… it’s quite the adventure. Albeit not the most comfortable one.

So instead of the new year’s eve pep talk, I simply would like to meditate on you, and those around me, as you all become hyper-present in my mind during this journey.

To my son: in lak’ech ala k’in.

To my family: unending gratitude and love.

To my friends around me: thank you. I love you.

To my friends who I’m no longer with: I love you. I miss you.

To those who have transcended the struggle: you know who you are – congratulations. :)

To those beyond: much respect.

May this new year bring you your grandest adventure and your deepest freedom.

Love always, all ways,

David

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Haudenosaunee Thanksgiving Address

Seeing that it’s Thanksgiving Day, I thought it appropreate to share this Ohen:ton Karihwatehkwen.
It is an expression of acknowledgement, greetings, love, and appreciation for every part of the Natural World.
The Ohen:ton Karihwatehkwen helps to bring the thoughts of the people together.  It is a way by which the Haudenosaunee remind themselves that human beings are only one strand in the Web of Life and that we are all connected to each other and to the rest of Creation.

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Today we have gathered and we see that the cycles of life continue. We have been given the duty to live in balance and harmony with each other and all living things. So now, we bring our minds together as one as we give greetings and thanks to each other as people.
Now our minds are one.

We are all thankful to our Mother, the Earth, for she gives us all that we need for life. She supports our feet as we walk about upon her. It gives us joy that she continues to care for us as she has from the beginning of time. To our mother, we send greetings and thanks.
Now our minds are one.

We give thanks to all the waters of the world for quenching our thirst and providing us with strength. Water is life. We know its power in many forms‐ waterfalls and rain, mists and streams, rivers and oceans. With one mind, we send greetings and thanks to the spirit of Water.
Now our minds are one.

We turn our minds to the all the Fish life in the water. They were instructed to cleanse and purify the water. They also give themselves to us as food. We are grateful that we can still find pure water. So, we turn now to the Fish and send our greetings and thanks.
Now our minds are one.

Now we turn toward the vast fields of Plant life. As far as the eye can see, the Plants grow, working many wonders. They sustain many life forms. With our minds gathered together, we give thanks and look forward to seeing Plant life for many generations to come.
Now our minds are one.

With one mind, we turn to honor and thank all the Food Plants we harvest from the garden. Since the beginning of time, the grains, vegetables, beans and berries have helped the people survive. Many other living things draw strength from them too. We gather all the Plant Foods together as one and send them a greeting of thanks.
Now our minds are one.

Now we turn to all the Medicine herbs of the world. From the beginning they were instructed to take away sickness. They are always waiting and ready to heal us. We are happy there are still among us those special few who remember how to use these plants for healing. With one mind, we send greetings and thanks to the Medicines and to the keepers of the Medicines.
Now our minds are one.

We gather our minds together to send greetings and thanks to all the Animal life in the world. They have many things to teach us as people. We are honored by them when they give up their lives so we may use their bodies as food for our people. We see them near our homes and in the deep forests. We are glad they are still here and we hope that it will always be so.
Now our minds are one

We now turn our thoughts to the Trees. The Earth has many families of Trees who have their own instructions and uses. Some provide us with shelter and shade, others with fruit, beauty and other useful things. Many people of the world use a Tree as a symbol of peace and strength. With one mind, we greet and thank the Tree life.
Now our minds are one.

We put our minds together as one and thank all the Birds who move and fly about over our heads. The Creator gave them beautiful songs. Each day they remind us to enjoy and appreciate life. The Eagle was chosen to be their leader. To all the Birds‐from the smallest to the largest‐we send our joyful greetings and thanks.
Now our minds are one.

We are all thankful to the powers we know as the Four Winds. We hear their voices in the moving air as they refresh us and purify the air we breathe. They help us to bring the change of seasons. From the four directions they come, bringing us messages and giving us strength. With one mind, we send our greetings and thanks to the Four Winds.
Now our minds are one.

Now we turn to the west where our grandfathers, the Thunder Beings, live. With lightning and thundering voices, they bring with them the water that renews life. We are thankful that they keep those evil things made by Okwiseres underground. We bring our minds together as one to send greetings and thanks to our Grandfathers, the Thunderers.
Now our minds are one.

We now send greetings and thanks to our eldest Brother, the Sun. Each day without fail he travels the sky from east to west, bringing the light of a new day. He is the source of all the fires of life. With one mind, we send greetings and thanks to our Brother, the Sun.
Now our minds are one.

We put our minds together to give thanks to our oldest Grandmother, the Moon, who lights the night‐time sky. She is the leader of woman all over the world, and she governs the movement of the ocean tides. By her changing face we measure time, and it is the Moon who watches over the arrival of children here on Earth. With one mind, we send greetings and thanks to our Grandmother, the Moon.
Now our minds are one.

We give thanks to the Stars who are spread across the sky like jewelry. We see them in the night, helping the Moon to light the darkness and bringing dew to the gardens and growing things. When we travel at night, they guide us home. With our minds gathered together as one, we send greetings and thanks to the Stars.
Now our minds are one.

We gather our minds to greet and thank the enlightened Teachers who have come to help throughout the ages. When we forget how to live in harmony, they remind us of the way we were instructed to live as people. With one mind, we send greetings and thanks to these caring teachers.
Now our minds are one.

Now we turn our thoughts to the creator, or Great Spirit, and send greetings and thanks for all the gifts of Creation. Everything we need to live a good life is here on this Mother Earth. For all the love that is still around us, we gather our minds together as one and send our choicest words of greetings and thanks to the Creator.

Now our minds are one.

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Writing a Good Story

I’m going to be honest.
This month has been pretty shitty for me.

For the past month I’ve had experiences being homeless, hungry, cold, sleepless, broke, kicked out, lonely and judged.
But right now, I’m happy.
In fact, I’m excited.
Not because everything’s hunky dory now. In fact, to be even more honest, I see things continuing to be uncomfortable for a while.

I’m excited because I look at all this and I see only one thing.
I’m doing it! I’m writing my story!
I’m no longer playing some passive role in a script I didn’t write. This story is mine.
And yes, sometimes it doesn’t read very well, and the grammar is incorrect, and the spelling is lousy, and the sentences are sometimes incoherent. And many times this makes for a downright, fucking painful story.

But god damn is it a great story! Perhaps it’s not an epic story, but it’s a story that reads a lot better than a routine.
And who doesn’t like a painful story? Sometimes we like them more than the happy stories.

I’d love for my story to include luxury and money and relaxation, and it definitely will soon. But if my only choice is between writing the story of “where will I sleep tonight” and “the practicalities of staying warm” and living someone else’s story of luxury, money and relaxation, than I choose the discomfort.

Is an uncomfortable story better than no story?
That’s something you’re going to have to decide for yourself.
Personally, I think it is. :)

Love always, all ways,

David

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How to Stay Spiritually Grounded: Three Ways to Activate Your Lower Chakras

Fellow Transadventurist,

Often in our spiritual practice, I think we forget that we are just as much a physical being as we are infinite beings.

The fact that we’re here, existing in three dimensional reality, tells me that we are this way for a reason. Physical reality is not some stepping stone to the next thing or something from which to escape. It is an intimate part of why we chose to be here, and thus something we need to cultivate for our deeper understanding of Self.

And so I’ve been discovering that staying grounded, connecting to our physical reality, is an essential aspect to spirituality.

Being able to pop out of your body and explore the astral planes is awesome! But if that’s all we’re doing, than I believe we’re missing the larger picture.
I believe my mission (or at least one aspect of my mission) here on Earth is to bring higher consciousness down into this physical dimension. To stretch myself into a truly multi-dimensional being thru which the Divine can flow and affect our physical world.

I like to think of it like lightning.
Lightning doesn’t strike the ground unless there’s a positively charged object to which it can connect. When such a connection is made we see a flash and powerful things can happen as a result of that electricity touching the Earth.
So, grounding for me is like charging my lower chakras, thus allowing the Divine to more easily flow down thru me and “strike.”

Pretty cool, yeah?

Anyway, here are three things I’ve discovered on my journey that are tremendously helpful in keeping me spiritually grounded.

Get Dirty
One of the best ways I have found to keep myself grounded is to simply get dirty. Touch the Earth with your bare skin.
Walk barefoot, garden without gloves, swim in natural water sources, play in the dirt, lay on the ground for a while, touch the trees and plants around you. The options are endless! Just do anything to get yourself in direct contact with the Earth.

Sweat
This is pretty self explanatory, and there are an infinite amount of ways to do this, so I’ll let you figure this one out. But anything that makes you work up a sweat will keep you focused on your body, thus activating your lower chakras and keep you grounded.

Eat
This is something I’ve only recently discovered as I’ve never really been the type to have set meal times throughout the day. But now that I’m eating good, healthy meals three times a day, I’m noticing just how much it helps to keep me grounded. Most literature I’ve found have recommended three meals per day as the healthy minimum. They don’t even have to be large meals, but try experimenting with this and see if it works for you, even if it’s just one meal at a set time every day.

The cool thing about this is not only are these activities beneficial in keeping one spiritually grounded, but they’re also physically good for you! Earthing, sweating and eating regularly are all great things to keep your body healthy.
Whatever you choose to do to keep yourself grounded, just be sure it’s something that’s keeping you focused on the chakras below your heart. Do some research on your lower chakras and come up with regular activities that will get these activated.
Do what works for you and trust your instincts.

I hope this was beneficial for you.
And I’d love to hear the things you’ve discovered to keep yourself grounded!

Love always, all ways,

David

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