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ॐ elizabeth @elzbthstrttn

ॐ elizabeth elzbthstrttn
  • bio: dreamer • yogi • truth seeker • sunset chaser 🌏 currently: thailand "travel light. live light. spread the light. be the light." 🌒🌔🌕🌖🌘
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A FEW VERY IMPORTANT LIFE UPDATES... 🔸I found an orphanage in Nepal called Children of the Universe which has been almost completely destroyed from the recent earthquake. There are now about 45 displaced children sleeping outside, and I have made the decision to go to Kathmandu as soon as possible to be of service & help as much as I possibly can to get these children and the thousands of others who have lost their homes into a safe place. I want to fundraise as much money as possible to get me (and hopefully some friends) there + some warm clothes (I don't even have a matching pair of shoes anymore) + (most importantly) as much money as possible to go towards the rebuilding of this orphanage. 🔸I'm now on day three with no glasses, as my only working pair literally broke in two this past Friday night (they're dangling off my face as I type this), and according to two local glasses shops they are irreparable. I knew this was coming... Some of you may remember my post from almost two months ago about how literally everything I own has broken or fallen apart recently and desperately needs replacing... So, prior to going to Nepal, I must get this eye situation fixed. I'm considering an alternative to glasses that may initially be more expensive, but over the long run will save me a ton of money, because I've had to buy new glasses every year for most of my 25 years of wearing them. The thought of spending another $300-500 for a new pair AGAIN, only for them to break over the next year AGAIN just kind of sickens me. 🔸These are both things that I am going to need some financial assistance with, and I'm looking into starting a crowd funding campaign to raise the funds. I'll be relying on you guys for support, and hope that I can get my eyes fixed + go to Nepal as soon as humanly possible! 🔸My precious angel NongQ (the boy pictured with me here) fractured his arm today & is in a lot of pain. Healing vibes + prayers for this little one are much appreciated! 🔸On a lighter note, I hit a new record on how many chilies I added to my food today... 20! I've either officially turned Asian... or I'm crazy. Maybe both? Don't answer that. 😏 Stay tuned for updates!

A FEW VERY IMPORTANT LIFE UPDATES... 🔸I found an orphanage in Nepal called Children of the Universe which has been almost completely destroyed from the recent earthquake. There are now about 45 displaced children sleeping outside, and I have made the decision to go to Kathmandu as soon as possible to be of service & help as much as I possibly can to get these children and the thousands of others who have lost their homes into a safe place. I want to fundraise as much money as possible to get me (and hopefully some friends) there + some warm clothes (I don't even have a matching pair of shoes anymore) + (most importantly) as much money as possible to go towards the rebuilding of this orphanage. 🔸I'm now on day three with no glasses, as my only working pair literally broke in two this past Friday night (they're dangling off my face as I type this), and according to two local glasses shops they are irreparable. I knew this was coming... Some of you may remember my post from almost two months ago about how literally everything I own has broken or fallen apart recently and desperately needs replacing... So, prior to going to Nepal, I must get this eye situation fixed. I'm considering an alternative to glasses that may initially be more expensive, but over the long run will save me a ton of money, because I've had to buy new glasses every year for most of my 25 years of wearing them. The thought of spending another $300-500 for a new pair AGAIN, only for them to break over the next year AGAIN just kind of sickens me. 🔸These are both things that I am going to need some financial assistance with, and I'm looking into starting a crowd funding campaign to raise the funds. I'll be relying on you guys for support, and hope that I can get my eyes fixed + go to Nepal as soon as humanly possible! 🔸My precious angel NongQ (the boy pictured with me here) fractured his arm today & is in a lot of pain. Healing vibes + prayers for this little one are much appreciated! 🔸On a lighter note, I hit a new record on how many chilies I added to my food today... 20! I've either officially turned Asian... or I'm crazy. Maybe both? Don't answer that. 😏 Stay tuned for updates!

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2015-04-27 07:39:44

Those moments you feel so helpless to do anything in the face of a tragedy so much bigger than you... I woke up around 2 am with this overwhelming feeling of heartache after learning about the earthquake that hit Nepal yesterday and killed hundreds, if not thousands of people. It didn't quite seem to register with me emotionally until those moments... And then I felt the overwhelming closeness of death in any given moment, and life's constant transitoriness. I felt what it would be like to lose those I care about the most and my heart just felt EMPTY. It ached, and I cried, and I could do nothing but reflect on this impassable feeling of emptiness until it washed through me and I eventually fell back asleep. I'm talking to the universe a lot today... Praying for those who need comfort, strength, peace of mind, compassion and love in the face of these devastating losses. Asking for guidance in how I can do my part and be of service when I'm so far away and feel helpless. I know the answers I seek will come to me as long as I have the intention for them to do so. Until then, I will express my love to those of you who have been a part of my life, this ridiculously tragic and simultaneously beautiful journey to here and now, and hope that I never let you forget just how much you mean to me. I love you. I love you. I love you.

Those moments you feel so helpless to do anything in the face of a tragedy so much bigger than you... I woke up around 2 am with this overwhelming feeling of heartache after learning about the earthquake that hit Nepal yesterday and killed hundreds, if not thousands of people. It didn't quite seem to register with me emotionally until those moments... And then I felt the overwhelming closeness of death in any given moment, and life's constant transitoriness. I felt what it would be like to lose those I care about the most and my heart just felt EMPTY. It ached, and I cried, and I could do nothing but reflect on this impassable feeling of emptiness until it washed through me and I eventually fell back asleep. I'm talking to the universe a lot today... Praying for those who need comfort, strength, peace of mind, compassion and love in the face of these devastating losses. Asking for guidance in how I can do my part and be of service when I'm so far away and feel helpless. I know the answers I seek will come to me as long as I have the intention for them to do so. Until then, I will express my love to those of you who have been a part of my life, this ridiculously tragic and simultaneously beautiful journey to here and now, and hope that I never let you forget just how much you mean to me. I love you. I love you. I love you.

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2015-04-26 03:16:19

I miss rolling around in the sand and cuddling with these babes every hour of the day! 💜

I miss rolling around in the sand and cuddling with these babes every hour of the day! 💜

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2015-04-23 14:46:44

I wrote this as a response to a very worried friend of a friend seeking clarity about his children who have "cast aside his teachings" and seemingly let go of the values he instilled in them as kids — and essentially for each of us who find ourselves trying to save people from themselves. Because my words seemed to resonate with quite a few others, I wanted to share my thoughts on the matter with you all as well... Because I love you. I care. And I'm here for you. This is a tough pill to swallow, especially with our closest loved ones, but it's simple: wisdom cannot be taught. If wisdom could be taught, suffering would cease to exist completely. Everyone could simply read the thousands of spiritual texts and personal development/self help books out there, which typically focus on alleviating suffering in our lives, and never have to go through anything painful themselves because they would "know" better. But that's just not how life works. Has any major life lesson ever TRULY resonated with you that you didn't learn "the hard way"? Could your parents tell you anything you didn't think you already knew in your teens or twenties? Would you want to take back or change the trying times you've endured to become the person you are now? Suffering is an inevitable part of every human's existence. And while we do it out of love (and attachment), when we prevent someone from stumbling and falling on their own, we also prevent them from picking themselves back up and experiencing the kind of growth and soul evolution that will ultimately change them for the better, and make them wiser (and hopefully kinder & more compassionate) people. We are essentially telling them "you don't have what it takes to figure it out on your own" — we are denying them the chance to fine tune their intuitive abilities and connect to their higher selves. Every single one of us has the answers we need inside of us already, and we must learn to go within to find those answers, rather than constantly seeking the answers outside of ourselves (yes, even in the form of loving parents who want the absolute best for us). (Continued in comments...)

I wrote this as a response to a very worried friend of a friend seeking clarity about his children who have "cast aside his teachings" and seemingly let go of the values he instilled in them as kids — and essentially for each of us who find ourselves trying to save people from themselves. Because my words seemed to resonate with quite a few others, I wanted to share my thoughts on the matter with you all as well... Because I love you. I care. And I'm here for you.

This is a tough pill to swallow, especially with our closest loved ones, but it's simple: wisdom cannot be taught. If wisdom could be taught, suffering would cease to exist completely. Everyone could simply read the thousands of spiritual texts and personal development/self help books out there, which typically focus on alleviating suffering in our lives, and never have to go through anything painful themselves because they would "know" better. 
But that's just not how life works. Has any major life lesson ever TRULY resonated with you that you didn't learn "the hard way"? Could your parents tell you anything you didn't think you already knew in your teens or twenties? Would you want to take back or change the trying times you've endured to become the person you are now? 
Suffering is an inevitable part of every human's existence. And while we do it out of love (and attachment), when we prevent someone from stumbling and falling on their own, we also prevent them from picking themselves back up and experiencing the kind of growth and soul evolution that will ultimately change them for the better, and make them wiser (and hopefully kinder & more compassionate) people. We are essentially telling them "you don't have what it takes to figure it out on your own" — we are denying them the chance to fine tune their intuitive abilities and connect to their higher selves. Every single one of us has the answers we need inside of us already, and we must learn to go within to find those answers, rather than constantly seeking the answers outside of ourselves (yes, even in the form of loving parents who want the absolute best for us). (Continued in comments...)

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  • @elzbthstrttn (4 dni)
    We are all on our own journeys, we all have our own lessons to learn in this lifetime, and we all must learn to respect each other's paths without interfering because we think we know better than they do. The best thing we can do for another who is struggling is to be a loving presence in their lives and hold space for them to be themselves and come to their own conclusions. Because they can. And they will. :)
     
 

2015-04-23 14:38:34

My heart aches when I think about leaving these two. 💔

My heart aches when I think about leaving these two. 💔

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2015-04-21 13:52:58

My beautiful friend, Anittaya. Can't believe it's already been three months since I sat down across from her to chat for the first time! She always tells me I am her first farang friend (farang = foreigner) and she will always care for me and cherish our memories together. Of course, I feel the exact same way about her. Thank you for sharing your home and heart with me, dearest Nit. Love you! 💚

My beautiful friend, Anittaya. Can't believe it's already been three months since I sat down across from her to chat for the first time! She always tells me I am her first farang friend (farang = foreigner) and she will always care for me and cherish our memories together. Of course, I feel the exact same way about her. Thank you for sharing your home and heart with me, dearest Nit. Love you! 💚

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2015-04-19 15:15:21

Look who I got to share my mango with this morning. :)

Look who I got to share my mango with this morning. :)

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  • @elzbthstrttn (7 dni)
    #mangoseason #thailand #travelthailand #travelforever #exploremore #natureheals #animalmedicine
     
 

2015-04-19 15:00:32

Reason number 68425 I love Southeast Asia: at this morning's market I bought 5 kilos of incredibly sweet honey mangoes the size of my head... for less than $3! I'm in HEAVEN!

Reason number 68425 I love Southeast Asia: at this morning's market I bought 5 kilos of incredibly sweet honey mangoes the size of my head... for less than $3! I'm in HEAVEN!

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  • @elzbthstrttn (9 dni)
    #mangoseason #bestseason #abundance #grateful #southeastasia #seabackpacker #travelforever #exploremore #thailand #travelthailand #aroimaak #heaven
     
 

2015-04-17 07:42:35

this - connection this connection got me spun, like which direction now is possible to step in, cept the one with your reflection - that purity - your perfect teeth and im sure of things that i'd question it doesn't worry me for a second - its like - its like i've known you all of my life before it, and more than that - cause you're right the rest is so foreign now when you try to translate it - for me you don't even have to say it cause i know it in my veins but i would still listen here for days to hear you speak poetry and pain insane, cause i know that we're the same i know it like my name what hope could ever claim that we could find home at all this way and its only the beginning come days in service, days of spinning earth and worship, days admitting that i am home with you. {artwork: Alex Grey — Kiss of the Muse // words: Ian Sethi — Home}

this - connection
this connection got me spun, like which direction
now is possible to step in, cept the one with your reflection - that purity - your perfect teeth
and im sure of things that i'd question
it doesn't worry me for a second - 
its like - its like i've known you all of my life
before it, and more than that - cause you're right
the rest is so foreign now when you try 
to translate it - 
for me you don't even have to say it
cause i know it in my veins but
i would still listen here for days to hear
you speak poetry and pain 
insane, cause i know that we're the same
i know it like my name
what hope could ever claim 
that we could find home at all this way
and its only the beginning
come days in service, days of spinning earth and
worship, days admitting that i am home with you. {artwork: Alex Grey — Kiss of the Muse // words: Ian Sethi — Home}

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  • @elzbthstrttn (11 dni)
    #home #muse #kiss #quantumentanglement #love #enlightenment #universallove #consciousness #alexgrey #lovers #soul #spirit #one #connection
     
 

2015-04-16 12:53:07

I can barely handle how adorable this little one is! His name is Nong Q, and between him and Namfon, my heart explodes about 7482965 times per day. 💜

I can barely handle how adorable this little one is! His name is Nong Q, and between him and Namfon, my heart explodes about 7482965 times per day. 💜

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2015-04-15 10:34:56

Songkran, day two! #songkran #thainewyear #waterfight #thailand

Songkran, day two! #songkran #thainewyear #waterfight #thailand

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2015-04-14 06:50:54

There's a sunrise and sunset every single day and they're absolutely free. Don't miss so many of them!

There's a sunrise and sunset every single day and they're absolutely free. Don't miss so many of them!

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  • @theburningiraph (12 dni)
    When Long Beach isn't over cast I catch the sunrise almost every morning and they're awesome
     
 

2015-04-14 06:47:07

We just got sprayed head to toe by this little dude! #songkran #thainewyear #waterfight

We just got sprayed head to toe by this little dude! #songkran #thainewyear #waterfight

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2015-04-13 08:09:37

Happy Songkran (Thai new year) from me and Namfon! Thais celebrate their new year by taking it to the streets for the world's biggest water fight. :) If you're on a motorbike, prepare to get soaked by kids and adults alike lining the side of the streets with water guns. If you're walking, prepare to get buckets of ice water poured on you by passing trucks full of locals. Anywhere you turn, there's someone ready and waiting to soak you from head to toe! Oh, and lotsss of baby powder being thrown everywhere too. The pouring of water on everyone symbolizes the washing away of our impurities and ridding ourselves of the year's past troubles and worries. A fresh start for everyone! Nit and I have been helping Namfon's grandmother prepare over 200 meals for the local police, while periodically running outside to take part in the festivities... More photos to come later!

Happy Songkran (Thai new year) from me and Namfon! 
Thais celebrate their new year by taking it to the streets for the world's biggest water fight. :) If you're on a motorbike, prepare to get soaked by kids and adults alike lining the side of the streets with water guns. If you're walking, prepare to get buckets of ice water poured on you by passing trucks full of locals. Anywhere you turn, there's someone ready and waiting to soak you from head to toe! Oh, and lotsss of baby powder being thrown everywhere too. 
The pouring of water on everyone symbolizes the washing away of our impurities and ridding ourselves of the year's past troubles and worries. A fresh start for everyone!

Nit and I have been helping Namfon's grandmother prepare over 200 meals for the local police, while periodically running outside to take part in the festivities... More photos to come later!

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2015-04-13 07:25:40

Houses for the Buddha, ancestors and other spirits are placed in front of every Thai home for blessings, protection and good fortune. Some even have two or three, depending on the size of the home and family. Each one is an intricately hand carved masterpiece that looks just like the gorgeous Thai Buddhist temples.

Houses for the Buddha, ancestors and other spirits are placed in front of every Thai home for blessings, protection and good fortune. Some even have two or three, depending on the size of the home and family. Each one is an intricately hand carved masterpiece that looks just like the gorgeous Thai Buddhist temples.

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2015-04-11 12:18:31

I wanna take a look at the world behind those eyes. 💘

I wanna take a look at the world behind those eyes. 💘

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2015-04-11 12:05:55

Today's view. 😍

Today's view. 😍

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2015-04-10 18:28:37

Another view of the beautiful fishing village... 😍

Another view of the beautiful fishing village... 😍

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2015-04-09 15:45:45

Endless amounts of nature and laughter with this crew! Life's best medicine. 💚 #exploremore

Endless amounts of nature and laughter with this crew! Life's best medicine. 💚 #exploremore

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2015-04-09 15:44:04

There is a tiny fishing village in the northern part of my little island about a 2 hour walk from where I stay. For years and years, the families lived on their small boats. When they would pass another family in the water, they'd each take stock of what the other family had in their boats to determine if they needed anything. For example, if one family had 4 coconuts in their boat, and the other had 10, then the family with more coconuts would give the other family 3 so they each had 7. I was able to witness this first hand when three little girls came to me to take the very large and thick skin of a palmelo a friend and I had just shared. They walked up to me very slowly, with mischievous little grins on their faces. When I handed them the skin of this fruit, they were ecstatic to have something new to play with! The leader of their little pack took the pieces and divided them evenly amongst the three of them so they each had the same amount to play with. They were putting the pieces on their heads as hats and all smiles and laughter after that. 😊 And people wonder why I loved living in villages in Indonesia so much... There is nothing quite like the importance placed on family and community in this kind of environment, making sure everyone has what they need and nothing in excess, not to mention the pure joy these villagers radiate because of the simplest things (like having the skin of a fruit they don't see often to play with)... Oh, it warms my heart like nothing else! After a government initiative to get them into homes, the families moved into these wooden shacks on stilts. They have undoubtedly preserved the small village mentality, the close-knit community who will never let another family suffer if they can help it. 💙

There is a tiny fishing village in the northern part of my little island about a 2 hour walk from where I stay. For years and years, the families lived on their small boats. When they would pass another family in the water, they'd each take stock of what the other family had in their boats to determine if they needed anything. For example, if one family had 4 coconuts in their boat, and the other had 10, then the family with more coconuts would give the other family 3 so they each had 7.

I was able to witness this first hand when three little girls came to me to take the very large and thick skin of a palmelo a friend and I had just shared. They walked up to me very slowly, with mischievous little grins on their faces. When I handed them the skin of this fruit, they were ecstatic to have something new to play with! The leader of their little pack took the pieces and divided them evenly amongst the three of them so they each had the same amount to play with. They were putting the pieces on their heads as hats and all smiles and laughter after that. 😊 And people wonder why I loved living in villages in Indonesia so much... There is nothing quite like the importance placed on family and community in this kind of environment, making sure everyone has what they need and nothing in excess, not to mention the pure joy these villagers radiate because of the simplest things (like having the skin of a fruit they don't see often to play with)... Oh, it warms my heart like nothing else!

After a government initiative to get them into homes, the families moved into these wooden shacks on stilts. They have undoubtedly preserved the small village mentality, the close-knit community who will never let another family suffer if they can help it. 💙

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2015-04-09 15:35:27

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