bio: dreamer • truth seeker • sunset chaser • lombok, indonesia • "travel light. live light. spread the light. be the light."
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This is the perfect depiction of life on a tiny island in Indonesia. The bed is outside, while everyone sleeps on the floor inside. Laundry drying under the hot-as-hell sun. Bright & beautiful flowers growing over a fence that is falling down. A gorgeous view of the mountains in Lombok. Tons of surrounding coconut palm trees and old coconut shells scattering the ground. A bungalow made of wood and bamboo. Oh, and of course way too much plastic on the ground. :( I live in the bungalow behind this one and I love it!
Halil is one of my best friends in Lombok. His endless kindness and generosity has helped me through some challenging times here. He's been there for me when I've been sick, broke, and clueless about visa extensions. Today was the last day I'll see him because I leave Indonesia next week to begin a new chapter in my life... We were both sad about this, but I'm forever grateful for his friendship!
My 2 year old iPhone picture quality seems to be getting worse over time, but that's okay because nature still looks amazing! I ran out of storage space after I snapped this photo last night and quickly remembered how much better it is to watch a sunset without a camera in my hand... Awareness of the present moment is everything!
One of the things I love about Indonesians is that they rarely wear shoes! If they are at home or working (inside or outside), they're barefoot and connecting their feet with the Earth for most of the day. I only see them wearing shoes to walk long distances or drive the motorbike, and sometimes even then they're barefoot. It's SO important to ground and balance ourselves by touching the Earth. Nature's energy is incredibly powerful and healing, especially when one is feeling stressed or overwhelmed. Go outside today. Take off your shoes and plant your feet on the Earth. Do this for as long as you can and I promise you'll move throughout your day feeling more grounded and balanced!
My first ever mala was stolen from me (along with my backpack) while traveling a few months ago. I was super bummed because my good friend Karma Rinpoche, a Tibetan Buddhist teacher from the Himalayas of Bhutan, had gifted them to me. The rest of my jewelry, which was gifted to me by local friends in Indonesia who handmade the various pieces (including an OM necklace carved from coconut shell), were in the stolen bag as well. 😔 I have been waiting for the special time the Universe would return the mala beads and Om necklace to me, and this would be like getting both at once! Crossing my fingers. :) @laurenrudick @avignayogajewelry #avignayogajewelry
Nature, deep breaths, and awareness of the present moment... These are three of life's most astounding gifts and guarantors of happiness. I'm so grateful to have discovered this at such a young age. Presence is not easy to maintain, it is a real struggle for all of us. This is why it is a constant practice for me to connect with my body and my surroundings, and to cultivate awareness of the present moment... but I find myself more content and feeling so much better mentally, emotionally, and physically when I focus on these gifts. #anotherdayanothersunrise #natureneedsnofilter #natureheals
Time for a swim! So grateful for this water that feels like silk on my skin, the sunshine, and these stunning views of Gunung Rinjani. Go connect with nature today, in whatever way you can. Pure soul nourishment... For free! 🙏
"Just because you think you're lost doesn't mean you are actually lost. You might be more on track than you could ever imagine." - @kuteblackson
These last few days have been very rough — mentally, physically, emotionally. (Thanks, lunar eclipse in Aries!) I've cried and cried and have been fighting an internal battle with my thoughts, more so than I would like to admit... But, thanks to this graceful Universe, this morning I'm back to focusing on gratitude.
Gratitude for the sunrise over Mt. Rinjani, which I can always rely on to have a beautiful start to my day. Gratitude for feelings of confusion, being lost, and not knowing. Gratitude that I have the freedom to do the things I want to do, although a lot of the time my mind tells me otherwise. Gratitude for those who have showed up and reminded me of the love and compassion that I am open to receiving when I allow myself to be vulnerable with others. Gratitude for the backlash and judgment I receive when I allow myself to be vulnerable with others as well, because it shows me with whom I should and shouldn't share my precious energy. Gratitude for local friends who make me laugh when I'm crying, even if they don't really understand why I'm upset. Gratitude for the ability to recognize and observe my desire to control the outcome of certain situations, so I can take a step back and put my trust into the Universe that all will work out exactly as it's supposed to, and for my highest good.
Ahhh, so much gratitude!
What are you struggling with today? What are you grateful for?
Local fisherman at sunset.Their movements were so calm and graceful... Watching them was such a peaceful and meditative experience.
#meditation #peace #grace #beherenow #lovenow #lombok #indonesia #islandlife #grateful #natureneedsnofilter #sunset #indianocean
Those balés are what I slept in every night for about one month while here in Gili Air. People back in the States kept saying "I can't believe you're living like that!" Haha, really? I always think, "who wouldn't want to live like this?!" #sunsetwatching #everydamnday #natureneedsnofilter #lombok #indonesia #beherenow #lovenow #grateful #islandlife
Who is ready for dinner? Yep, I'm still (mostly) vegan... But who can pass up these colorful fresh caught fish?! Not me... I don't eat any other meat and I certainly refuse to support any kind of factory farming of animals... But I'm happy to support local fishermen whose lives depend on the hours they spend on their boats each day so they can afford to feed their families. 😃