I would love to share with you a little bit about my life hacks. I am going to type it quickly and hopefully with minimal editing as I would like to express myself as freely as possible. Rock and roll :)
I was a pretty depressed, suicidal messed up child. deep. haha sorry to start there.
That ended about the age of 15 where I started taking decisions for my life and my own experiencing of it.
Since that age, I have been studying the art of living. I have been searching profoundly for happiness and I believed inherently from the various spiritual peoples books I was reading, that actual genuine peace, wellbeing and joy was possible in my lifetime. (Check paramahansa Yogananda Autobiofraphy of a yogi, Julia Cameron - The artist's way, Paulo Coelho various books, Abraham Hicks teachings, Eckhart tolle - power of now, Baba Ram Dass - Be here now and many more im sure)
Since 15 I have been seeking freedom.
I know all this social media and blogging and stuff can be often quite misleading in regards to how a human is actually living and experiencing their lives - and I want to share with you all that after a time of studying my beautiful SELF, I am genuinely living my dream life (for this moment! what is my dream life seems to change with life phases, uncontrolled by me) I wake up each day happy. I spend my mornings happy doing exactly what it is I want to do. I spend my afternoons filled with joy and lve. my evenings also, and as I fall asleep each night i am at peace and so proud of where I have come from and how I have arrived here.
IT IS POSSIBLE FELLOW HUMANS!! Your happiness awaits you. If I can find my way to this kind of life-experience, considering where I came from, ANYBODY CAN! I believe it is our birthright as conscious beings born onto this beautiful planet. Not only that, but i have found that as I have focused FIRSTLY before all else in life (including relationships, work, material things, even music and making 'my dreams come true') on MY OWN JOY, WELLBEING AND PEACE; EVERYTHING in life begins making more sense. I come more into alignment with nature itself and rather than being stressed out by the 'problems of earth' I see the joy and love in all things. I am filled with love-power while looknig at the darkness on our planet and I can love it anyway - and because I am not stressed out or bothered by it - I can actually DO POSITIVE THINGS about it - because I HAVe CHOSEN TO POSITIVELY CHRGE MYSELF FIRST.
How? I guess this stuff I would love to begin sharing. Because although I LOVE music and it is really really badass, my true art form is my own life.
1) before all things, choose to prioritize your own joy. (When I say Joy I don't mean bouncing around blissed out happiness. I mean MEETING your beautiful self exactly where you are each day. If you wake up, sad and with low energy, meet it! Give yourself a big hug there! Tell yourself 'I am just having a low energy day, my beautiful body and mind must need to recharge! I will buy me a flower today! Im gonig to treat myself.! Im going to relax and massage my feet. take a bath etc. it means accepting and LOVING yourself wherever you are! do ALL THAT YOU NEED TO DO to make your own JOY your priority. maybe that means NOT FIGHTING when someone says something outrageously ridiculous to you. Maybe that means beginning to study the thoughts that occur in your mind and changing the nasty things you say to yourself or about the world we live in. Maybe that means exercising more. meditating. quitting your job.
VERY IMPORTANT: DO NOT TAKE ACTION if you are feeling bad. FOCUS FIRST ON FEELING GOOD, then your beautiful life will lead you to positive action. we can not make ANYTHING good in life - coming from a place of feeling negatively. We cannot make anything NEGATIVE in life, when coming from a place of positivity. (Now that might mess some peoples minds up... I dont care :) coz its TRUE caralho) The 'WHAT' in life is as less important than the 'HOW'. Focus on meeting the current situation. accepting it as it is. and eventually LOVING it if you can get there. there are certainly things to love about EVERY SITUATION.
I think of it like this: I am three parts:
1) I am a consciousness, That consciousness has been gifted 2) a physical body that looks and is a certain way (I didnt choose to be who I am, I just AM. I can either meet that and learn about her and LOVE her or I can fight my own NATURE) This physical body moves through life. It thinks things. It feels things. It experiences things. It likes and dislikes things and people. It feels love and pain. My consciousness is NOT this. It is seemingly seperate from this physical matter stuff of me (including my thoughts and emotions.) NOW, this awareness of the seperate consciousness allows me to SEPERATE from the experiences of my human self.
The life of this beautiful Earth Shannon I have been gifted to consciously take care of unfolds, like the turning of tides. It is nature itself. She wakes up grumpy, it is my job to take care of her on those days. and what a PLEAURE that is - coz she is SO AWESOME I LOVE treating her to things she likes. and when I do that (maditate, go for a walk, do some stretches, eat some vegetables, buy her a nice pretty candle) she arrives at peace very quickly.
Now - as an improviser and a creative human being - by studying my own nature in regards to my CREATIVItY I have come to understand that I have a third part. 3) This part I think of as a HIGHER Shanny. This is the same as some peoples idea of God. It is the same as some peoples ideas of an infite ocean of love that we can tap into. It is eternal. it is everything. it is all things and simultneously is the EMPTYNESS that allows all things to exist. It is all things - meaning it is also ME! and through meditation and improvisation I have learnt that when my 1) consciousness and 2) my physical shanny (including thoughts and emotions) steps aside there is a greater love that enters into the experience of my life. It is a quickening. it moves silently and in ways I cannot understand or explain - it is miraculous and it is so fkn loving it humbles me to my knees every time. This aint no spiritual bullshit. this is for me, the most practical thing I know of.
If I allow my consciousness to take care of my physical shanny before ALL OTHER THINGS IN LIFE (coz we know all things DIE eventually anyway, including that beautiful family you have or the amazing home you live in, or the dream job you are currently experiencing, your own physical body, ALSO THANK GOD; ALL PAIN AND HORRIBLE LIFE SITUATIONS also die woooo) thats hard to hear I know. Im sorry. But it is also LIBERATING!
IF I allow myself self-care FIRST: in other words my consciousness and my physical Shanny enter into alignment with each other and I stop FIGHTING the I that I AM, I open up the gate that allows that infinite love to come in and start leading my life.
NOW THAT IS WHEN SHIT GETS DELICIOUS:
it knows who you are. TRULY: better than you do.
It knows what you want.
And it has infinite ways, far greater than you could ever imagine, to make all you are desiring to manifest in your lfie experience NOW.
NOW DUDES, If youve heard stories of jesus and other homies doing INCREDIBLE ThINGS, I am here to tell you (lolol im sorry) That these HUMANS (just liek you and me) Have simply PERFECTED this connection in their life. They have connected to that source that we all stem from.
WE CAN ALL GET TO THAT PLACE.
There is NO LIMIT to how good your life can get. There is NO LIMIT to how good you can feel as you move through this beautiful time-space continuoum our senses allow us to experience and believe is reality.
But for now, for me, it's true.
I have an exercise for you: ALSO: STOP LOOKING AT THE MANIFESTATIONS! We are CONSCIOUS CREATORS! if you keep looknig in dismay or pride at waht is currently manifested around you on planet earth or in your immediate surroundings or in your own body, you miss out hugely on the joy available to you in the PRESENT MOMENT. And you are focusing on what has already come to manifest - it is OLD NEWS! Let it go - and focus on the world you want to CREATE, for as positive beings we have the potential to positively affect our space-time continuum. now THAT rocks. Let your self FREE, stop controlling him/her/yourself: let the WORLD FREE. stop trying to control everything. and PLAY with th ejoy of what COULD be!
here is an EXERCISE:
Open your eyes. your ears. Your senses. Right now. Stop what you are doing for It is not so important..
. experience this moment as an orchestra performing just for you. The sounds, the smells. the feeling on oyur skin. Dont judge it, just let it be. Imagine the whole wrld in this moment is playing you a song. Feel the love in that. Appreciate it. give thanks to the experience of life. take a sip of your tea or coffee or water. experience deeply waht that is like. Isnt it PLEASURABLE! to be able to drink your drink EXACTLY as you like it. WOW! Play Play!!
As I practice - I come closer and closer to living in a state of acceptance, peace, joy and LOVE, ALL THE TIME! (it's like going to the gym, when you practice awareness of the truth unfolding around you ((which is constantly changing and beautiful like an orchestra or a dance, including my own thoughts and emotions)) you get stronger and it becomes a habit) I experience life passing before my eyes. I don't judge it, I just watch it and enjoy the unfolding of it. When I experience pain like someone I love saying something mean to me, I watch the pain and appreciate being shown something OUTSIDE OF ME that I ALLOW the power to affect who I am (I am JOY, I am happiness. because I CHOOSE to be) SO when i experience pain it is a huge blessing. i am shown something that stops my from being who I truly am. And because Now I have seen it inside of me (coz it is NOTHING to do with the external world, it is only up to ME and WHO I CHOOOSE TO BE) I can shine light on it. i can love that I am a human with a heart that gets hurt sometimes, and i can give myself a delicious hug, and then I am free from that chain that i allowed to destroy my well being.
DUDE! I am rambling FO SHO, I would LOVE to share more about this. but its already a million characters long and very unthought out haha! SOOOO I will continue another time, hopefully in greater clarity and easier to undersatnd.
Dudes, I wanted to share just that through good intention and love and humility and understanding, we can become JOYFUL human beings. We can live a life filled with good-feelings and LOVE. We can be healthy. We can bring ourseves into alignment with our own nature - and then naturally this alignment leads us to alignment with the nature of ALL things which we are a part of (Earth and each other for example)
If we neglect the care of our own beautiful unfolding natures, we neglect each other and the earth. NO MATTER HOW MUCH WE WANT TO MAKE A POSITIVE CHANGE WE ARE RENDERED POWERLESS by our own self-neglect. IT IS TRUE: I have experienced both ways. and as a depressed activist I was powerless hahahah! hilarious.
Time to continue my day. Thanks for stopping by.
photo: Rita Sousa-Rêgo
WE CAN DO IT HUMANS! It is time to prioritize our well-being. experiment with me. I promise it will be the SINGLE GREATEST thing you have EVER done in your life. write to me ANYTIME if you are strugglig and I will help you find your own path. FUCK YEAH coz the way is different for ALL of us. coz we are ALL DIFFERENT. rock and roll :)