This is from my profile on Couchsurfing. I think it articulates much of who I am and looking for in this world/life, so it seemed like using it here would be apt for it:
"Feel within me that it is possible to in each moment be engaged and aware to what is happening without and within, and not be in a state of unaware automaticity or decreased ability and potential. This belief/vision is not an easy one to keep alive, but I have tried hard to make it so.
I am very philosophical though currently need more affirmation to life. I really would like to meet others who have lived and experienced a lot and spent a lot of time with different people and are willing to share their thoughts, housing, and time."
Also: a friend of mine mentioned helpX to me in college, which is also when I learned about WWooF'ing. From then I knew I wanted to use this sort of platform/way of being in the world when I finally was able to start travelling more. Then I found WorkAway, and I like the site and way it works. To me in the past and it seemed like something that at some point I would like to connect with. I finished college, went through some hard times after graduation, and finally the possibilities of being a traveler -of places and perspectives, locations and spheres of experience- are there, and I thought I'd get on to use and be part of this resource.
Photography, writing, meditation, reading, running, slacklining, climbing, snowboarding. And a vegetarian.
And trying to understanding the mind, and the world.
My life-path right now is one of "embodying the intent", as I sometimes articulate it as in language and writing. It's a sort of philosophical-existential perspective that directs my choices day-to-day, and the limited time and energy we have in this life.
It's about practicing mindfulness and awareness, and living from both integrity, and being with others. Compassion, and perceptiveness. All of this is a way of being in the world, and is striving the to cultivate and develop the following qualities/skills
- conflict resolution, mediation, and interpersonal work
- reflection and personal growth/ self-work
- philosophical/intellectual perspective
- deep listening, and process work
- working with people, their lives/minds
- mental health work as peer support from lived experience of it
I have no official degree in this, I graduated from college with a BA is in Photography/Visual Arts though my minor is in "Human Development. It's application is the development of these sort of skills that can be used in any sort of human relations.
I also have miscellaneous other skills acquired through life, from that learned as an Eagle Scout, to writing, to climbing knowledge, to group work. I have some knowledge of other practical non-relational skills and am always open to learn more.
If work-ethic is a skill, and focused effort, there is that as well. It something I really strive to live from and with at all times. Though possibly it is more a way of being in in life/world.
English, some Spanish.
United States of America
Don't ask yourself what the world needs. Ask yourself what makes you come alive and then go do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive." - Howard Thurman
“I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived." - Henry David Thoreau
"Keep track of every day the date emblazoned in yr morning." (Jack Kerouac, beat poet - "Belief and Technique for Modern Prose")