⚜️ Late Friday night, sitting at an outdoor café in St Michel, Paris... reading the introduction to Carlos Castaneda’s
• The Teachings of Don Juan •
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is where I first meet Don Juan.
I breathe his words in through my heart, and I weep.
My whole body relaxes, and settles into itself, lovingly.
His words meet me exactly where I am...
The past month was tough; days of hidden exhaustion, unsaid confusion, unspoken worry. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
I have been traversing.
I have been traversing the worthwhile path that has deep heart (my heart).
In his words, I am gently reminded that everything is alright.
I am allowed to be human as I traverse, and forge new paths — so are you.
There is love here; there is living, breathing, messy, divine, soul engineering... and, there is grace.
If you’re following worthwhile paths with heart, if you’re traversing the most outer inner reaches of your heart, too...
There will be hours, days, weeks and months you will be asked to have more faith in yourself than you ever have before.
You will be asked to courageously choose, choose, choose and choose, again — no matter what — even when it feels like you’re all alone, and you’re lost.
And here’s what I want you to know... ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
you’re not all alone — and, you’re not lost — We see you. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
We see your heart.
We see your path.
We’re with you.
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It isn’t easy, and it’s worth it — breathlessly worth it. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
#chooseyourpath #heart #quotestoliveby #wordsofwisdom #noteasybutworthit #trustyourself #weseeyou #breathless #divine #spiritualawakening #divinefeminine #divinemasculine #carloscastaneda #donjuan #journey #liveyourbliss #courage #selflove #wanderlust #allheart #inspire #travel #toltec #yaqui #mondaymotivation #quoteoftheday #tressarae #lifeismylover #creatureofbeauty ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
⚜️ These are my favorite meals... simple, rustic, slow pleasure, surrounded by beauty.
I am living, breathing art.
I am tasting art upon my tongue.
I am drinking art, holding it in my mouth, feeling it dance along the edges of my throat.
I am licking the art off my wet and sticky fingertips.
This is art.
I am delicious, I am deliciously breathtaking art.
And... so are you. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
#deliciousart #present #intimatedinner
⚜️ You know what my favorite part about this picture is
That I felt pure joy, and I felt radiant when I took it... And here’s the thing, I hadn’t even brushed my hair, or washed my face.
I still had yesterday’s eye makeup on, a bit of smudged raccoon eyes.
Freckles, under eye circles, uneven skin tone, mouse nest hair, all of it.
All of me.
I felt at home in my skin, just as I was. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Sunblock... Chapstick... Yesterday’s dirty tank top... Ready!
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Now, don’t get me wrong — I love makeup, beautiful clothes, and doing my hair — a lot!
But, I wasn’t going to miss spending the day on the lake with people I love, people I cherish. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
This life isn’t about perfection. ⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀
A few years ago, I wouldn’t have been able to do this. I would have either taken a shower, and made myself "presentable". Or, I would have felt like crap, because I thought I looked like crap.
(I would have put a fake smile on my face. But, I wouldn’t really be there, I wouldn’t be present — I’d be in my head, picking myself apart & tearing myself down).
I’m going to say this again — for me, for you
For all of us: This life isn’t about perfection.
There were memories to be made. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
That’s what I remember about this day...
The laughter, the silliness, the love, the music, the play, the simple, the pure moments of happiness. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
AND, that I felt damn gorgeous... raccoon eyes, and all!
I’d LOVE to see your perfectly imperfect, too...
Bring your beautiful mess. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
I see you, Beauty.
I SEE YOU. ♥️ #perfectlyimperfect #beautifulmess #notperfect #breathe #sacred #creatureofbeauty #lifeismylover #intimacy #realwoman #sacredfeminine #omega #woman #divinefeminine #selflove #selfportrait #womenempowerment #tressarae #womanhood #alphaomega #beautiful #blackandwhitephotography #lifeisgood #iloveyou #lovelife #cherisheverymoment #realbeauty #makingmemories #letsplay #iseeyou #realintimacy