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turquoise water soothes my soul 🏝 some soul medicine from our time on kaua`i . . #kauai #kauaiadventures #lovekauai #freespirit #soulmedicine #natureheals
“when a person really desires something, all the universe conspires to help that person to realize [her] dream,” said the alchemist. another person was there to help [her] toward [her] personal legend. 👣 reading the alchemist again by @paulocoelho as my sisters @sonjalokens 👩🏻🎨, audrey, and I work on the alchemist card for our oracle deck that is in the works! ⚗️ at its essence we are the alchemists of our own lives and bodies- just take a few minutes in a breathwork practice or meditation and your inner chemistry shifts! photo by @wendykyalom . . #oracledeck #oraclecards #alchemist #goddesses #wimhofmethod #pranayama #layoga #visionaryart
gifts from my time in Bali 🌤🌸 . 1. Relaxation (my word for the year): first, we can relax anywhere, it’s a state of being and a choice. even in the most stressful situations. relaxing through the breath, the exhales, the inhales, the body, our attention. second, there are certain conditions that enable me to naturally relax. we likely all have unique ones. owning that for me, what truly allows for relaxation to arise~ quiet, light-filled space, surrounded by nature, access to organic food/own kitchen, moderate warm climate/sunshine, limited phone/WiFi, time to connect and be present with others in a meaningful way, etc. 🌴 what allows for relaxation to arise? 2. Learning to love myself just as I am. Yes, now! 3. Permission and space to feel whatever I am feeling. I believe it’s our job to validate our own experience + be with ourselves in all of the ways. We are constantly being called to expand our ability hold our experience for ourselves, which is in turn a gift to others to hold their full experience. Other people/friends/healers may provide space to hold us when we need it but ultimately it is up to us to be with ourselves and hopefully show up with kindness. We are both completely alone (human/personal) and completely connected to source. 4. There can be facade and a veil of illusion of something that looks visually pleasing or is portrayed/projected on the internet to look “beautiful” and then an actual, in-person way I experience it in my reality that can be very different. sometimes it aligns, the inner and outer, the energy and the words/visual/experience, and sometimes it doesn’t. stay true to you 5. Tourism and travel can be really wonderful, and also have impact on cultures and pristine areas that can support or strip away the essence that once thrived. Sustainability continues to wander through my heart and mind... also a travel culture of giving back + reverence. 6. When stagnation or overthinking comes, turn to the body, listen in, honor what you really want, and allow that to guide your compass to the flow that you really desire. Resistance to what is never works. The first medicine is acceptance Then we can consciously make change
@jungleroombali you were so good to us 🌴 this was the first place we landed on our travels and it was by far my favorite place we stayed in Bali. my intention for this trip was to relax, feel good in my body, and reconnect to nature (living in LA has been challenging on my nervous system as ive never lived in a big city before). usually when i travel i am working, volunteering, studying, “on” in some way... but vacation actually comes from the word to release, and find freedom from obligations. so this was new to me. this first week was incredible, it was my exact vision of relaxing/vacation- waking up at 5am, meditating, watching the sun rise, drinking this incredible tea they make at their cafe with local lemongrass/star anise/turmeric/ginger, connecting with the beautiful staff who place offerings to the land with incense and flowers, slowly walking up to practice yoga upstairs in their open-air studio, eating intentionally prepared food, swimming, getting captivated reading a novel (what?! haha not self help), adventuring out into the town and temples, and returning to this unique architectural sanctuary. BLISS ✨ . . and then we traveled onward to Ubud... my intention and vision of feeling good/relaxed in my body started to fade, as the loud motorbikes raced by, haziness filled my mind, going to advanced vinyasa classes started to create overuse in my joints to the point I couldn’t move much or walk, my stomach started to stagnate and ache (contaminated water?) or the fact that my diet changed from keto to raw vegan (what was available) in a few days. i started to become aware of my attachment to “my self care routine” to make me feel good. i was stressed bc I couldn’t do it perfectly . . I also began to see the shadow of “spiritual ego” and the underbelly of consumer tourism... the waterways that nurtured the rice patties filled with trash and a smell that permeated disease, these same waterways flowing straight into the ocean, and the confusion of feeling like while the outside world there mimicked back that everything was light, while what I was feeling was dark. this dissonance of outside and inside. some of the lessons from Bali in next post 🌀
awed by the power of water and how much my body loves to be near 💦 the resonance of source. cleansing my mind and resetting my systems with their natural rhythms
creativity is the current which our life flows 🌊 . . . #bali #indonesia #baliyoga #creativeflow #prana #movementmedicine #yogitraveler #freespirit #fluidity #permissiontorelax
29 years around sun ☀️ what a wild ride. looking forward to this year of manifestation. it feels like it’s all unfolding so naturally. and yes there will be challenges because growth is the natural flow. my words for 2019 are relaxation and openness. so mhmmm 🌊 relaxing is where ill be. . . and opening. today I cried in my partner’s arms because I felt so much love, all the amazing humans that love me, sending me messages and pouring in love and gifts all day (even the miracles of the earth, sunshine, fire, water, breath). surrounded by an abundance of love... my heart began to open, more and more to receiving the next level of love. yes. it’s infinite. in that moment it was my hope and intention for all beings to feel this next level of love, to continue to open to let it in so we can all feel the love that we are and treat each other in loving ways. . . so here is permission for us all to relax and express who we are in our full soul beauty- you just as you are 🌻 raw and rockstar, the whole spectrum. im learning to play in that. have fun! with love, c dove . . . photo by @wendykyalom #29thbirthday #saturnreturns #intuitivedesign #soulguide #curation #artistry #astrology #californiayoga #soulmedicine #deepblue #artstudio #lifestylephotography #laart #brandingphotography #permissiontorelax
letting go. release. permission. flow. trust. 🌊 today I was wondering what the opposite word of “pressure” was... I woke up feeling this internal pressure. it’s been whirling a bit underneath the surface, in the subtle levels. although I could feel it inside my consciousness somewhere, I needed to slow down enough to really witness what was actually going on. as I’ve talked with friends and walked in nature, unweaving the patterns of the past, these were the words that have come so far as remedies to the pressure I was sensing. 💧 let go. release. permission. flow. trust. letting go of what I don’t have control of. releasing the pressure of doing things I don’t actually want or need to do. permission to be authentic and act in alignment with what’s true for me now! and that life doesn’t have to feel heavy or like a struggle just because I think or feel this previous place of pressure. it can be fun and pleasurable and feel totally liberating to see through the old ways of existing... and to allow the cry to fully dance it’s way through. my eyes always look bluer on the other side of a cry anyways 😉 flowing with the breath, inside nature’s hillsides. trusting my body’s cycles and the unfolding mystery of life. that’s my offering today. where are you feeling pressure in your world or psyche? what’s the medicine for you in that place? also I find at the end of the day, sunsets are a reminder of the natural rhythm to let go. release the day and presence oneself to the transition of change. it’s freeing to think and feel the newness of the sun rising. a new day on the horizon ☀️