Here, I share an intimate portrayal of some of the significant life philosophies I live by. People are often intrigued by the way I live my life so I thought dedicating a part of the site—to divulge accurately why I am the way I am due to the philosophies that have shaped me into the person I am today—will shed light for others.
I pray for all of mankind to “return to the roots”, a life philosophy that I am coining and which I started living by a few years ago, and one which I am inviting all my brothers and sisters around the world to live by as well.
There’s no deep philosophy behind it and it doesn’t take a genius to understand, however I remain stupefied at how disconnected we are from Mama Earth. She is our life force that we cannot live without and she holds much wisdom that deserves our honor.
Like many of you, I was not raised to respect, understand or appreciate Mama Earth. The more aware I became throughout my spiritual journey over the last two decades, the more aligned I became with like minds and I credit these angels for expanding my knowledge of and gratitude for her.
I climbed my first trees at 39 years-old and I loved it! I was not the tree climbing kind of kid and throughout my 20s, I danced my life away in clubs and being out in nature was the furthest thing from my mind. If I can evolve as a light being in this lifetime, then anyone can and that is another life philosophy I want to share with you!
We hold the power in our minds and hearts to change anything we want in life. Really, we do. I only share life philosophies that I have personally experienced, not the spiritual rhetoric that has succumbed us these days. If we truly believe with all our hearts that we can do something, we will only succeed. I have overcome so many unbelievable challenges and obstacles throughout my life merely by believing in myself with all my heart.
Another success story is that I lived four amazing and life changing years in New York just because I wanted to experience something different for myself. I didn’t need my reason to be because of a boyfriend, a job, family or illness. My only reason was simply because I wanted to. It sounds simple and direct to me, but as I would find out over the next several years, it was a foreign concept to virtually everyone I was meeting!
I knew that some people were probably expecting me to fail and I was grateful for the supportive ones who believed in me, but honestly, I didn’t care what anyone thought because I was so happy living in New York even when I was so broke for so long. It was exactly where my heart wanted to be and every day was full of adventures on the subway, walking the streets or eating out. Life in NY was completely different from everything I had experienced in life thus far and everything about it fascinated me to the core.
I was at a pivotal point in life as I was awakening from my self-indulgent, robotic 20s to an aware soul emerging in my 30s. The little, curious young girl who questioned everything about the world around her had been reawakened. I was becoming my own person and that person is different from how I was raised to be. I really started taking control of my own life and making more conscious choices. No one taught me right from wrong. I had no life coach, guru, teacher or even a role model to guide me. I was all alone on this path. I had to teach myself and to guide myself. My only compass was my heart.
During this growth spurt, I learned other philosophies and principles to live by from random experiences throughout my adult years. Through Buddhism and even things like Bob Marley’s music, my mind was introduced to the concept of oneness and interconnectedness. I learned about love, how to love and how to be loved from my culturally diverse friends and lovers as well as about different religions in the world. I learned about the vital connection between us and Mama Earth at a traumatizing time in my life when it felt as if my life depended on it.
Over the last decade however, one of the most transformative philosophies for me to adopt into my daily life is the Buddha’s Eightfold Path. I don’t have an extensive knowledge of it but I know enough to keep me living an honorable life so much so that it baffles people wherever I go. For me, doing the right thing is the most important way to live and I won’t allow lack of money or other fears to determine the choices I make in my life or affect how I treat others. I made many, many mistakes previously and my life was not honorable at times, but I turned my life around so that I can truly and authentically be happy with who I am.
Those who I give spiritual consultations to hear me reference the Eightfold Path often. It is the Buddha’s guarantee that each of us has the power to end our own pain and suffering simply by adhering to the eight principles he came up with in order to liberate mankind.
I have discovered that it is hard sometimes to adhere to all eight principles in every second of every day, not because the principles are impossible to live by but because our society operates in a totally contradictory way! The problems I face, in terms of living my life according to the Eightfold Path, are due directly from those I engage with because they do not live this way; and so they do not understand my conscious communication style or where I am coming from when I say or do something. I’ve been judged for being naive, weak, foolish, and gullible when in fact I was doing my best to practice Right Speech, Right Action or Right View! I’ve been attacked for being too vague, particularly in cases when I choose not to disclose confidential information entrusted in me, and alternately for being too wordy in cases when I am doing my best to explain why doing the right thing is important to me, simply because I am following the principles of Right Speech. I really, really wish the whole world would choose to live according to these simple yet profound principles because then the whole world would just be a happier place for all of us to live.
What I learned on this journey most of all is how to give, a valuable philosophy from my childhood. The most perfect role model I had growing up when it comes to giving is my mama. I don’t think I’ve ever heard her tell anyone “no” so from a young age, this philosophy of generosity was instilled in me. My mama always found a way to help others and being poor herself didn’t stop her from helping the next person. What was admirable about watching her help people was her boldness about her intention and telling them that she wouldn’t take “no” for an answer.
Living my life by this multitude of philosophies and principles keeps me grounded and grateful. I give thanks for the ongoing ascension of my heart, and I invite other like spirits to stand in solidarity with me as we beam our light outwards into the world.