Visiting the West Coast!

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Rosemary Bush (Rosemarinus)  – (the largest I’ve seen ever in Oregon). Rosemary bushes are on so many lawns and parks! There are at least close to a dozen species in Portland.)

The last time I was on the West Coast was during Katrina in August of 2005. I visited Arizona on a few dreams I had following a young Native girl and my Aunt Tiye who would climb Red Earth mesas and fly to the next while I would climb in arms reach before their next leap. At that time, I was discovering the Sun and her children, the tribes of the Sun scattered from the Yucatan into old Mexican Arizona. At that time I had no idea the inclusive history of indigenous and native peoples on this planet.

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Frontier Airlines, Winter 2019, East Coast (Ronald Reagan National Airport) to Denver Airport

I was also heavily writing, dancing, performing spoken word and dabbling in teaching to elementary children about indigenous culture and our environment. Still a practicing vegetarian, I was getting extreme downloads from the Earth (cosmos) from the Divine Feminine realm. In fact, I had journals filled with messages from The Goddess and as I sat in the lotus position or in pigeon pose I began to see the beauty of Tantra everywhere and in everything. This was the East coast, the hemisphere of my birthplace on this planet and yet I still had this weird connection to the West coast! At least in Arizona where I felt more at home than almost anywhere I’d been (apart from Guadeloupe).

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Between flights (starving). Airport breather: food (Asian salmon salad), beer, a little writing 😉

 

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Mount Hood at Rocky Butte Natural Park at the top of Joseph Wood Hill Park where you can see Cascade Mountain Range, Mount Hood (pictured above), Mt. Helen’s, and the Columbia River gorge and Washington State’s Vancouver

 

 

But here I am on the West Coast, discovering none other than Oregon. Back home on the East coast the words “Portland” and “Oregon” made my black coworkers pause with side-eyed glares and ask almost offensively, “Why Portland?” As if my black card would be revoked by our imaginary world-wide black card institute.

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Their conjectures almost had me convinced until walking through the neighborhood and seeing others with my skin tone assuring me “there’s ‘naga’s’  here!” with a sigh of relief. Still I get the unusual looks or loud “Hi, how you doing?” It’s definitely a mixed bag. But beyond the looks — and maybe its my wild unruly “braid locs,” turquoise, and shoulder length feathers in my ears, I know there’s something super “magical” about this region I am only beginning to discover.

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The trees alone have much to tell – and I’ve never been anywhere where trees and shrubs are as diverse as they are here in Portland. Gigantic mature Rosemary bushes are aligned with rose bushes, sage, and pine yards away from bamboo, ferns, and pacific mandrones (one of the prettiest unusual trees I’ve seen). There are palm varieties with algae, lichen and moss grown on the trunks and trees of pine and oak (noted to have over 700 varieties of moss in Portland!) I’ve even seen cacti and succulents! Why? Portland is a rain forest! The only American rain forest in the North America and Oregon is one of the states (including California, and Washington State) of the Pacific Northwest to house its unique temperate climate and home to the colossal red woods which are still part of ancient Mayan lore to date. But these tree varieties sometimes leave me feeling as if Ive walked into some far away faerie gnome village with the later I’m still trying to figure out and define. Still, I admit Portland is by far a very mystical forest region Ive only begun to discover! 🙂

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Many people in Portland look as if they are ready to climb mountains, win the iron man (or gender-neutral equivalent), homestead (Macgyver style), and Natarajasana  (yoga cosmic dancer pose) without missing a heart beat. There is a true love for nature in these parts! So much so that my first trip to the local grocery store, the cashier hesitated packing my items thinking i’d walk out in hand or had a personal recycled (preferably hemp) bag in my pocket! He gave me a side-eyed stare when i insisted on a paper bag and my paper receipt which is probably recycled on the spot. The truth is the ONLY plastic bag I gathered in my few weeks here was the one I brought with me from Virginia!!! Recycling here is not some feel good chat, it’s a religion and way of life that shocked even myself.

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The grocery stores have some amazing local markets fresh produce that I was equally amazed to see and taste! The Alberta Coop was one of the first stores I walked in and was happy to see such gorgeous veggies, mushroom, fruits, roots, and greens! Plus the cashier informed me I could ‘purchase’ or own part of the coop which really got my attention, but more on that in the Spring! For now, I will say there is a huge vegetarian and vegan health conscious population residing here.  And i cant wait to explore the food agriculture here both personally and academically.

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For now I will end with thankfulness and anticipation of new journeys, awakenings, and empowerment of knowledge, wisdom, and understanding!

 

Always Love!

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Ria


Resources: 

https://www.oregon.gov/ODF/Documents/AboutODF/NativeTreesPlants.pdf

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The Heart of Transformation – My Fitness Journey in Progress

I don’t allow society or the ‘norm’ whatever that is to dictate my health, mind, or body – “She” belongs to me! ~ Ria

 

Seeing Your Hard Work Take Shape

So I woke up this morning no alarm slightly sore but glowing! Last night was an emotional day. I was releasing some unacknowledged pain and sadness I thought I’d already released during this New Moon, Full Moon, Moon Eclipse, Equinoxes, Blood Moons (- smirking- ) these past few months have been eye-opening and full of personal truth and resolution. Spiritual transformations and physical transformation!  I was feeling a bit sorry for myself, when I decided to pick up my bags (literal and metaphorical) and head for a swim.  Surely that water would help clear my head and aid my spirit.  I looked at my app and realized I had another work out before my Rest Day.  Yesterday being Leg Day, I was still slightly sore but in need of some transformation. Day 9, Chest and Triceps!

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Expanded Facility

This facility I hadn’t been to in months (maybe a year aside from the pool) had expanded. I was so surprised and excited once I discovered they had added new equipment even though tiny in room size, this gym was equipped with everything and more. Kettlebells, dumbbells, free weights, olympic bars, curl bars, tricep bars, hex bars, smith machines, mats, medicine balls, Bosu balls, exercise balls, weighted balls, massage balls! :‑O
It was an athletic dream aside from the Marine base gym I visited last year. This gym for the local public was dope! And I’m thinking how to make this a permanent gym while in the area because Planet Fitness is “ehhh!”

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September 4, 2018, Chest, Triceps, (added Abs, Calves and a Swim!)

I’m so amazed at how this transformation is taking shape- literally! ~ Ria

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Knowing What You Need and Listening to Your Body

In addition to the workout above, I added an abdominal routine! That left me sweating before my swim and jacuzzi session.  I will do this routine at least 4-5 times a week because it made my total routine complete. My abs are the hardest for me to loose and I realize that if I don’t focus on their development “it aint gonna happen!” After twin boys and a daughter and several C sections my abdominal wall split from its natural anatomy and unfortunately my pregnancies left me with extra skin that never stretched back to shape. Something like a Kate and 8 the mother (Kate Gosselin) who had the 8 babies and had to have an abdominoplasty to return her stomach to its original size, look, and aesthetic.

My Secret Body Shaming 

I was told by plastic surgeons I have a 6 pack under my extra skin! “Yuk,” “Yikes” and “Wow!” all at the same time. I was blown away at their comments “We had another very young women your age who did quite well! You have a fit body type.” This was at my 150lb body-weight at my initial consultation. I’ve pretty much been in a secret self body shaming cycle for the past ‘few’ years since taking on fitness and gave up a few times because my abdominal section just wouldn’t budge beyond the rock hard underneath the childbearing scaring.

I kept this in dire secret never telling a soul and its affected so much of my life including my sexuality and intimacy! I’ve since decided to say “Fuck it! I‘m gonna keep going no matter what and see what happens to the rest of my body!”  I have to see how far I can go. No, I have no interest in competing professionally or turning into a professional body builder! I just want to be REALLY FIT for my body type and my ideal look and feel, sorta like a  Jada’s-mom-fit, Angela-Bassett-fit aesthetic look! I have to defy my “age” and the societal norms that say being over 40 is old, and being ‘old’ means out of shape and struggling with dis-ease. (Especially in the Black community!) I say “NO” to the mental programming. I am choosing a lifestyle that is serving my highest good and the rest will follow and fall into place. This is for no one else but me – I owe myself this opportunity to shine!

 

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Ab Workout Routine: 2-3 Reps to Failure. Russian Twists (Weighted), Alternate Heel Touchers, Bottoms Up, Plank, Cocoons, Air Bikes, Side Planks, Elbow to Knee, Repeat, Repeat! This should leave you feeling an ‘ouch’ on your tummy – now you know you’ve got it in! (smile)

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September 4, 2018

 

Finding the Right Facility for Your Goals

I usually try to cover up during my workouts, I wear hoodies and zip up to my neck! While at Planet Fitness this week around 11pm (after work) I was surrounded by group of young Arab men who continuously commented on my physical “attributes.” Their comments made me so uncomfortable I gathered my water bottle and exited the gym. This new facility, however, was safe and well equipped for the novel fitness person as well as for the school athlete or military veteran all of whom were present yesterday evening.  It’s important to find the right facility for your goals and comfort level- not all are created equal so be objective, envision, and plan for your workout sessions accordingly.

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Friday,  August 31, 2018 – 122.7 lbs

I say “NO” to the mental programming. I am choosing a lifestyle that is serving my highest good and the rest will follow and fall into place. This is for no one else but me – I owe myself this opportunity to shine!  ~ Ria 

The Heart of Transformation

When I woke up and looked in the mirror my arms looked like well-sculpted parts of someone else’s body!!! I was blown away at how I had changed since January being closer to 150 lbs at 5 foot 0 inches. I don’t have a morning pic but a photo from last week I will share (pictured above). I’m so amazed at how this transformation is taking shape- literally! I am determined to be 50 and fabulous (in just a few short years ahead!) I really didn’t mind my 150 lbs body to be honest, “thick” is trendy and desirable these days so women at almost any size feel appreciated, loved, and happy with their body type and weight. For me, however, I wanted to simply ‘see’ what transformation looks like on me. I am proving to myself that I can go all the way to make significant gains on my own terms and in my own “time.” Plus I have a goal (image) in my head that wont disappear no matter how lazy or non motivated I get from time to time. I get back up and get back in and keep it moving. I keep hearing the voice “You can do better! You’re more than this!” And its this voice that keeps me on this focus of self-transformation and consistency.

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January 2018 at 150lbs

 

I really didn’t mind my 150 lbs body to be honest, “thick” is trendy and desirable these days so women at almost any size feel appreciated, loved, and happy with their body type and weight. ~ Ria

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January 2018 Collage as the Thick Ria

 

Fit in Progress Pics

I can actually see the difference in my body shape taking form. I was afraid my arms would get too muscular and have me looking like a little man woman but they are actually looking good, still feminine, but slightly defined and toned. I love ♡  it! A few more tweaks and it’s all maintenance from here!

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From Thick Girl to Fit Girl – Progress Pic- August 2018

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122.7 lbs – Slowly but surely, hard work taking shape! 08-31-18 as the Fit Ria

If I can inspire just one person to eat healthy, exercise, and continue to learn (mentally and spiritually) then I’m doing my job here on this planet Earth!

Be Happy, Be Abundant, Be Empowered! 

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Travel – Smithsonian Gems Exhibit – Ancestor Montage

 

Ria Sweetraw | NaturalSelfGoddess ™♥ Blog travels to Washington, DC to visit the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, Annenberg Hall of Geology, Gems, & Minerals. In awe of the massive gemstones and minerals from around the globe, particularly the amount of stones from Brazil (Brasil), Mexico and South America, this montage pays hommage to those Ancestors. The autochthonous tribes of the Ancient MesoAmerican Indigenous cultures and ancient Mayan Inca Aztec tribes in Mexico, Costa Rica, Guatemala, and Panama whose origins and bones are buried deep within the land of those regions. Feeling compelled to not only remember but to share their memories with everyone. I am another You! xo ~ Ria ( Daria)

Forms of Gratitude & Love!

Peace Global Family!

Happy August! That Blood Moon ( Full Moon Eclipse) has provided some powerful shifts and I’m so thankful for this growth, wisdom, sight, and the myriad of opportunities! So much has been happening since my last post (so much I don’t post). I am working on creating a blog post schedule to keep up with my daily life, what I’m doing, eating, writing, studying, etc. Everything brand new! (Wink) I’ve been beading making new waistbeads with greater gratitude and intention, beaded anklets, men’s bracelets (from some requests), and getting back on my fitness routine for the ending of summer into the autumn time.

I know I’m late to the party, but I just discovered the delicious Oyster Mushroom (Fake Fried Chicken) dish! Oh heaven (haha!) I also have fallen in love with Sunwarrior plant based protein adding this to my green drinks! Chlorella is my best friend (the supplement of choice). I’m crazy over Wolfberries aka Goji Berries as a snack! I’ve been studying vibrational medicine and the vibration of Essential Oils in healing through my Aromatherapy Practitioner certification course! Im also retaking some earlier alternative healing courses like Herbalism and Wild Harvesting, Crystal Healing, Nutrition and Vegan, Plant-based courses, Yoga, as well as, new courses like REBT Life Coach certification, Reiki 1, 2, and Master Certification, and others,  to explore, discover, and retouch upon knowledge and recertification.

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Oyster Mushroom (Fake Fried Chicken), Sweet Plantains, and Salad! (notice my aromatherapy addiction; Clove Bud, Myrrh, Tea Tree, Orange – not shown but worn almost daily!! High vibration energy oils! )

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Ahh the BEST Green Drink ever! Just when I was craving Green Matcha Tea, I used the Pukka as a Smoothie Base, added a table spoon of Raw Honey and Whoa! Sooo delicious! xo

 

I will be able to offer some of these services and create classes for community as a way of giving back (Karma Yoga). What other form of gratitude could one have but to give gifts of healing, love, and creative abundance!

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Summer 2018 – 48 years young!

 

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Always Love, Empowerment and Freedom!

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Ria (daria)

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Words of Power – Adding mantras to your physical routine

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Adding mantras to your physical routine

Mind over matter, thoughts create things, if you think you can or you cant you’re right, all these philosophical phrases are true. They can make the difference between winning or failure, attaining your goal or watching it drift up with the wind of your dreams. Truth is you create your reality, everything you have or don’t have is a result of your deepest perception and belief in your self.  What you say to your self (the internal dialogue) shapes your existence, what you attract, and your progress.

Adding mantras to your physical practice are key to helping you shape the life you desire and body you envision. They can help keep you focused, on track, and committed to your vision (goals, targets, and dreams).

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Mantras in History

Mantras have long been used to reshape reality and create change. Known as “sacred sound or utterances” these syllable word groups are believed to bring forth spiritual and mental powers. Some of the oldest mantras were used by yogis and priests in the holy temples of ancient India (Indus Kush) predating Aryan invasion, however, the oldest known mantras are in Vedic Sanskrit.  Today these mantras aid meditation, increase abundance, and empower change to create the life you desire.

Healing Benefits of Mantras

Mantras can induce altered states of consciousness, trance, and reprogram the subconscious mind. The use of  “power words” in your spiritual practice and meditations empowers your heart and chakra centers, aligns and attunes higher frequencies to your sense of self, grounds and uplifts your spirit, and sets forth positive affirmations of change and dynamic transformation on a soul-level in the universe. Your words are vibrations that create change and take form into solid matter, experience, and outcomes.

Power words are like seeds that take root and form abundant trees full of healing fruit, seeds, nuts, berries, flowers, and medicinal bark. Your words can flourish, create, destroy, preserve, and activate. Mantras are perfect creative tools to mindfully place intention as a vehicle for your transformation.

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where is ria?| fitness check’in

It’s been some time since I posted to NaturalSelfGoddess the Blog, for one I’m happily in college and killing it so far (fingers crossed) in my courses. Truth be told I LOVE SCHOOL, ACADEMICS AND LEARNING!  (i’d learn something new even if i wasn’t in a classroom)

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where is Ria? Fitness check in collage.  Photo Credits: ©2017. Daria Smith Giraud, DwriteDesignStudio & Ria Takharu Media LLC.

Since childhood, I’ve been competitive in academics and treat it much like a sport. I push hard, I’m relentless in my pursuits, and I expect the very best of myself knowing full well that I have the potential and aptitude to achieve beyond my expectations. Since I’ve picked body building (body sculpting) back up it’s only helped me to shape my mind to become more disciplined and push harder passed limitations. Just last week, when my Trainer Friend was missing in action and I had some free time to myself, I lifted over #210 lbs on the leg extension! It was at that moment I realized, I could do and be so much more. Adding to more realization that self-motivation blossoms in the midst of adversity and challenge (should that be the lesson of the moment).  I no longer ‘complain’ about my challenges, misfortunes or illusionary defeats but recognize them as opportunities for pure growth of mind, body and spirit! so much appreciation, gratitude and innerstanding~ One Love, Gains and Creative Abundance! Ria

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Finding Nature! Road Trip Amicalola Falls

In  June, I took an impromptu road trip through the state of Georgia. Unlike Virginia, I knew very little of the back roads, paths, rivers, creeks, state parks and landscapes Georgia has to offer. And i was in “need” of some form of Nature relief so I packed my trunk with what was initially a ‘day trip’ turned into a 3 day adventure from Augusta to the mountains of Amicalola Falls to the coastal marshes of Tybee Beach Savannah Georgia. I wanted to search the waters of Georgia and to feel out this land and its historical past. The past of my father’s ancestors and find more connection.

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The tallest cascading waterfall east of the Mississippi River. The “Tumbling Waters” (Cherokee), Amicalola Falls, Georgia. Photo. Daria Takharu. 2016.

I was in my last week of my fitness program and surging full steam ahead.  Emotionally I was feeling drained from the mundane and needed a “Soul+filled” experience centered around Nature.  As a child, nature had always shared with me a glimpse into a kind of symbiosis – a deep healing thankful breath and whisper at the trunk of trees,  a hug or thankful smile I might offer for simply being in its presence,  extreme gratitude and love for each variety of species my eyes would discover.  Nature had taught me to meditate when I was just eight years old turning inward from a very highly emotional dysfunctional family environment I learned that inward breathing not only slowed my nervous system but awakened me to the wondrous world around me. Nature was my ally, teacher and church. And throughout my adult years, I would always find my way back to her /him when the modern world whirled in confusion and left me feeling anything but centered in peace.  So I put on my workout gear, packed my car, filled my gas tank and set out for the unknown.  A mini road trip into the mountains of Georgia was calling me and off I went.  GPS set for Amicalola Falls through Dawsonville, through Etowah country,  through Dahlonega country, in the Chattahoochee National Forest, through Cherokee Native American land. And with all the markers and talk of the Appalachian Trail I instinctively knew without having to google or search an internet keyword that some historical atrocities had taken place where I now stood.

 

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Road Trip to Nature. June 2016. Photo. Daria Takharu.

Road Trip to Nature. June 2016. Photo. Daria Takharu.

I was later reminded I was in Cherokee and Yamasee indigenous land. Ive always been a ‘special’ child with ‘special’ vision you can call it bit psychic with much empath intuitive gifts.  As  a child I could tell you insights into the future, see events of past, present and future but as an adult these gifts became more like a burden and I closed them off to mere feelings and visions rather than visits or direct talk with the dead or other shamanic abilities. Perhaps this was in my own folly at not truly recognizing my own unique gifts and empowerment. Or that such “gifts” could in fact be used  to serve humanity and help others but as I was drawn into the norms of working society ideas of shamanism closed to day to day survival for my family.  And an age old tradition was closed off (for a time) by smaller bursts of these mystical ‘insights’ and flashes of ‘truth’ and visions and dreams that connected me to Indigenous tribes, communities and healers who in the Dream World showed me miraculous secrets of the world we choose to be blind to in our day to day mundane tasks.  But here I was being called by “spirit” once again to a place unknown to me in this lifetime to AmicalolaTumbling Waters” as the Cherokee called it. Where I later learned was also part of the Trail of Tears.  Dahlonega  the “Gold Rush” town in North Georgia was in fact a starting point for this push off, out and onward toward Oklahoma  where over 20,000 Chicksaw, Creek, Cherokee, Seminole, Choctaw, Muskogee and other tribes and Black and Brown people of color walked and perished between 1830 and 1850.

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What I felt and saw were brown and black people (ancestors) traveling the most rugged terrain and extremes during very difficult oppressive times in America. These Native Americans and Free Blacks and escaped Slaves who were forced to leave their homelands for the unknown—those who made it and those who died along the way! In some ways, I  could feel their agony and others their resilience.  The deep lines of Americas historical extremes were strong in that national park once marked as  indigenous sacred land in a very different time. When I looked over the man made railing it was so steep that anything that would mistakenly trip would surely fall feets to its death. Only in movies like Indiana Jones or Romancing the Stone had I ever seen any type of terrain like this almost an amazonian type of depth with less dense forestry. Even in my native Guadeloupe rain forests and Soufrière mountains, I hadn’t (to date) come across land as steep in these Amicalola mountains 729-foot falls of the 829 – acre lands.   I was both enchanted and horrified simultaneously.

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Appalachian Trail. State Marker. Photo 2016. Daria Takharu.

Appalachian Trail. State Marker. Photo 2016. Daria Takharu.

I kept saying silently ‘this land is sacred’ looking up at the healing waters and wanting (naturally) to enter these waters to cleanse or even baptize my over burdened spirit. The duality of hatred of skin, race and culture carried upon the backs of these Colored Trail of Tears were embraced with a kind of unconditional ever-flowing love of Mother Earth and all her children flourishing upon the very deaths of those warriors, victims and survivors. As I witnessed both tragedy of the past and beauty of the present butterflies came to play and dance while Bees extracted nectar from blossomed flowers — each partaking in the rhythmic exchange of life! Such immense beauty exuding beyond the historical darkness.  And what struck me most were these seemingly opposing forces melded together in the harmonic essence within the forest. What was once tragedy was blissfully flourishing. And in this pristine well groomed well guarded space I realized and saw this for myself with my own eyes, heart and soul.

Bees and Butterflies. Amicolala Falls, Georgia. Photo. 2016. Daria Takharu.

Bees and Butterflies. Amicolala Falls, Georgia. Photo. 2016. Daria Takharu.

The Falls. Amicolala Falls, Georgia. Photo. 2016. Daria Takharu.

The Falls. Amicolala Falls, Georgia. Photo. 2016. Daria Takharu.

This Oak Tree. Amicolala Falls, Georgia. Photo. 2016. Daria Takharu.

This Oak Tree. Amicolala Falls, Georgia. Photo. 2016. Daria Takharu.

It was a hot day when I arrived in the Falls and miles leading up to the park were confederate flags hanging from homes and shops that not only caught my attention but spooked me into an uneasy “i better get out of here” type of vibe.  Although the park had lodging, I felt vulnerable and almost like prey in territory  I was unfamiliar.  It saddened me and I inwardly smirked that this kind of energy was so prevalent in such a  once sacred site. Within my being I knew that Native and Indigenous peoples came to this Falls for healing and sacred ceremony where steep mountains celebrated with the mysteries of the waters and birthed a kind of life and rejuvenation- this was Healing waters that I needed to taste, to immerse my spirit, my body to heal my mind, my body and soul and yet there were signs and gates everywhere telling us we could not enter that in a way we were not truly welcome.  And  it seemed more like these  “nature” energies were being held hostage then being preserved or even free.  It saddened me that man was not able to self-govern himself or his behavior from destroying this land and being at peace or one with it and had to have such drastic measures to ensure its ecological survival. But surely if he could not value human life how could this kind of mind and spirit value plant life or water life or air life? When truly they and we were (are) all one web of life. It saddened me that I didnt feel welcome on land that was once maintained and guarded by other brown and dark people who looked like me and members of my family.  This is the legacy that is kept alive in America for which it is paying for today. Instead of true healing and holding shame and resolve for its brutal past, the entitlement of such savagery is upheld as a tradition of pride and place in society among the diverse people of this land and country. In a way this is a perfect July 4 article raising questions to past present and the future of where our country is heading. There are the young and so many others  who wish for this country to move forward and beyond the mental, political, physical, socio-economic, racial hatred of the past and yet the underlying legacy of this indebted slavery upon which this country was founded pops up all over the place all the time reminding you sometimes subliminally but too often in your face front and center to the very core and heart of your being. It is like the dark satan we were brainwashed into believing to be flaming his pit of fire in the depths of hellish moments of time when the real demonic force is truly everything and anything that opposes life, love, liberty and the pursuit of  happiness, growth of  responsible technology, trees and the equilibrium of bees!

Forbidden. June 2016. Photo. Daria Takharu.

Forbidden. (Although park signs stated no one was allowed off the trail. I had the urge to sit near the base of the waterfall, find a spot and just put my feet in the water and chill. Much like I had done for years in parks like Rock Creek Park (Washington, DC) and Oak Canyon (Shenandoah, Virginia). Do what I came there to do which was ‘meditate’ and ‘heal thy self’ . I was approached by many people of many races and all I could do was smile in thanks and deep gratitude.) June 2016. Photo. Daria Takharu.

In my love of Nature and love of Man, I truly pray (affirm) that we one day come together in respect for our survival, equality and equilibrium in this very delicate web of balance of our ecological systems, monetary systems, health and mental body systems, technology and spiritual systems. It may not be in my life time but I am hopeful that these cycles the ancients spoke and wrote of will come to pass and this new age will lift the debts and burdens of our ignorant past into an true age of enlightenment in which the all thrives in more harmonic states of being.

In Love, In Light, In Courage, In Freedom! (happy 4th of July) 😉

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Question to Mr. Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Why Don’t You Know Your REAL History?!!

Question to Mr. Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
“WHY DON’T YOU KNOW
YOUR REAL HISTORY!??”

(after watching a few episodes of his show, Finding Your Roots,
with Bill Hader and Keenen Ivory Wayans, Mr. Gates, You Pissed Me Off!)

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Black Knights of the Black Holy Roman Empire (Germany)

 

Race Rant #1: No black people are not all descendant of slaves Mr. Henry Louis Gates let us remember the Moors in Europe hence Queen Charlotte and De Medici of Rome, why this man exhausts me with his “I’m helping you reveal your DNA Ancestry! Oh you have African in your DNA –ohh that was some slave late night going on?” chuckling.

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All saints of Ireland and British Isles Saint Seraphim Church Norfok England

How about the dialogue with Keenan Ivory Wayans. “We found that on your Mother’s  side your DNA shows no African DNA, but South East Asian DNA, yes, by way of the slaves of Madagascar! (?)

 

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Royalty in the DNA of African and White Europeans

Wow Mr. Gates,  you honestly telling me you did not do ANY real history training up at Harvard?

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Why don’t you know of the Mons, the Xia, the Naga, the Funan, the Mani, the Olmecs,  to name a few Dr. Gates? 

Okay so let’s just skip the Moors who birthed the Renaissance prior to their expulsion from Granada (1492) and let us take a look to  South East Asia ( 1500 – 1000 AD).  Simply take a tour to Angkor Wat Khmer (Land of Khm) let us look at the etymology of the word “Khm” and its many derivatives “Khem” “Kham” Kem”  as in “Khemit” “Kemet”  derived from “KMT” in what modern man calls the same region Egypt.  The phonetic value of Km has no less than 24 terms the primary meaning “Black” while “KM.T” was known as the “land of the Blacks”.

Sudanese Beja Tribe Berber

Sudanese Beja Tribe Berber Moor

In  fact,  it is noted by many scholars that the name “Angkor” it self is derived from
“Ankh – Hor” or “Ankh-Horus”  (Life Force of Heru) Horus or Heru being the Kemetic God of Osiris (Asr) and Isis (Ast) of its sister city Egypt.

Obessed_with_AsAbove_SoBelowDuring this time, the Mayan and  many Ancient Americas pyramids were also constructed and erected. In fact these temple sculptures are perfectly mathematically ‘aligned’ to temples all across the planet, including Angkor Wat, Teotihuacán (Pyramid of the Sun),  Chichén Itzá,  Giza,  Mounds in Ohio, Machu Pichu,  Thames, and so many more from Europe throughout the Americas (South and North), Asia, and Africa,  along ley-lines, meridians,  and vortexes around the world.

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Shiva, Brahmans, Krishnas, and Buddhas of Angkor Wat, Cambodia and Champa, Vietnam, South East Asia

I just wish the new Google filters allowed me to find the rich information and data I was able to find back in 1999 and in the early 2000s! Nonetheless, this will be a project for me when I visit or return to the DMV (Washington, DC, Virginia, Maryland area) and renew my Library of Congress, Main Room, Researchers Library Card.  😉

Black Asia-from Real Historydotcom

Black Asia-from Real Historydotcom

But okay back to Angkor Wat and Angkor Thom, both in  Cambodia, Mr. Gates check out ancient China, Vietnam, Korea, Thailand and Nepal what do they all have in common? The Black Buddha! This is NOT an Ego fest it an illustration of just some historical facts and data that are already and readily available despite the decades of attempts to distort, hide, and deface the truth of our global history. 

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Female Yogini Goddess, Khmer, Cambodia, 1100 A.D.

Arent we just ready to move the fuck on? Confront all the pain, loss, rape,

Cambodia, Angkor_Meditating Buddha, Naga Snake Kings 1100 AD

Cambodia, Angkor_Meditating Buddha, Naga Snake Kings 1100 AD

Surprise Mr. Gates! There is evidence of Black people who did NOT descend from the anals of the Atlantic Slave Trade but there is more on (pun intended) documented evidence that these Blacks in Asia were  of Black Royalty  and celebrated and venerated as Spiritual  Gods (the Blue-Black Blooded Ancient Ones)  who founded Buddhism, Confuciusism, established the royalty in Asia, who taught the healing sciences, alchemy and chemistry, architecture, and mathematics, agriculture and even Martial Arts just to name a few.

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Even ancient India had Mohenjo Daro,  Harappa, Mehrgarh, Lothal and of those cities nations, the Naga supernatural “draco/dragon” tribes of Lanka (Sri Lanka) (among many others noted in the Ramayana and Mahabharata ) where Krishna (the Blue-Black One) originated from ancient India’s Indus Khush, these regions were noted as being identical to the Ethiopian aka “Egyptian” Napata  Kushites in Africa!

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In fact, Krishna of the Hindu, Rig Veda was identical to the God Amen (Amon-Ra/Amen-Ra) of Ancient Egypt (Kemet/KMT) in Thebes. To my amusement Keenan Ivory Wayans reply was laughter with a “I’m a Black Chinese!” Uhh perhaps ‘he’ did further his History research Mr. Gates cause you sure as hell have not!

Shang Dynasty, Ancient China 1100 BC, Jade Sculptures of Royalty.

Shang or Chiang dynasty, Ancient China, 1500-1100 BC, Jade Sculptures of Royalty. The Shang were also called Nakhi, which literally means “Black” (Na) and “Man” (khi).

This is just but a tip of an iceberg waiting in plain site to avalanche the whole of our dummed-down, hum-drum inaccurate history that you so easily perpetuate as fact Mr Gates, we also have temples and ruins that bare jewels of mystic mathematical and astronomical questions and answers screaming to all mankind that ‘WE WERE HERE, WE ARE STILL HERE, and we were the  Masters and Genius of Thought and Spiritual application using stars, sciences, and buried mysteries that have long been purposefully forgotten and secretly practiced by the powerful elite.

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Spanish Moors of the European Renaissance New York Times Magazine A Spectrum From Slaves to Saints ‘African Presence in Renaissance Europe,’ at Walters Museum By HOLLAND COTTERNOV. 8, 2012

Speaking of the Power Elite, I lived directly across the street from the Scottish Rite Masonic Lodge in Washington, DC without even knowing what it meant until some 15 years later! On a side note, Washington, DC is a mathematical sacred geometric little Egypt on the Potomac and  was designed by or rather completed by (no ‘diss’ Pierre Charles L’enfant) who by the way conveniently worked closely with Banneker during the “design” phase whom L’enfant has been credited for designing.  Did I not mention Graham Bell has been quietly discredited for inventing the telephone? It was found out that he paid someone in the patent department to steal the light bulb patent initially invented by Antonio Meucci ! (Im just sayin’)

Queen Charlotte

Queen Charlotte
Mulatto Mixed Ancestry Royalty of England. Charlotte, original name Charlotte Sophia of Mecklenburg-Strelitz (born May 19, 1744—died November 17, 1818), queen consort of George III of England. Queen Charlotte, wife of the English King George III (1738-1820), was directly descended from Margarita de Castro y Sousa, a black branch of the Portuguese Royal House. Finally, it should be noted that the Royal Household itself, at the time of Queen Elizabeth II’s coronation, referred to both her Asian and African bloodlines in an apologia it published defending her position as head of the Commonwealth.

Architecture from Africans of the Diaspora (Banneker, Washington, DC), Moors Architecture of Grenada, Al-Dulusia, Spain, Queen Hatshepsut, Tekhen, Luxor, Karnak, Kemet (Egypt)

Mastery of Architecture from Africans of the Diaspora
1. Banneker, Washington, DC; 2. (center) Moors Architecture of Granada, Al-Andalus; 3. Andalusia, Spain, Moor Architecture; 4. Obelisk of Hatshepsut, Temple of Amun, Karnak, Thebes, Kemet (Egypt)

The Free Black Moor, Benjamin Banneker (Astronomer, Inventor, Scientist, Mathematician, Tobacco Plantation Owner, Author, Master Architect, Clock Maker, Land Surveyor, ) who designed 16th street  and the whole of Washington, DC along meridian ley lines and power grids! He was no different than his predecessors (Ancestors) who designed and constructed Cordova!

Benjamin Banneker and Major Andrew Ellicott must both be credited with saving the capital. Banneker, an African-American mathematician and astronomer, had been engaged by Ellicott to help survey the federal territory during the time Ellicott was working closely with L’Enfant. Banneker was able to reproduce the complete layout – streets, parks, major buildings. A "Black" Man, a Moor, John Hanson was the First Black President of the United States! 1781-1782 A.D.John Hanson George Washington was not the first President of the United States. In fact, the first President of the United States was one John Hanson. Don't go checking the encyclopedia for this guy's name - he is one of those great men that are lost to history. If you're extremely lucky, you may actually find a brief mention of his name.


Free Moors and Black Nobel’s of America and Europe

John Hanson, A “Black” Man, a Moor, was the First Black President of the United States! 1781-1782 A.D. George Washington was not the first President of the United States. In fact, the first President of the United States was one John Hanson. Don’t go checking the encyclopedia for this guy’s name – he is one of those great men that are lost to history. If you’re extremely lucky, you may actually find a brief mention of his name.

Benjamin Banneker and Major Andrew Ellicott must both be credited with saving the capital. Banneker, an African-American mathematician and astronomer, had been engaged by Ellicott to help survey the federal territory during the time Ellicott was working closely with L’Enfant. Banneker was able to reproduce the complete layout – streets, parks, major buildings.

Alessandro de’ Medici (July 22, 1510 – January 6, 1537) called “il Moro” (“the Moor”), Duke of Penne and also Duke of Florence (from 1532), was ruler of Florence from 1530 until 1537.

 

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African Ancestry in Royal Europe

1. (left) King Edward III, England (1327-1377), 2. (middle) Sconce from Royal Family Henry IX of France purchased by Louise XIV, 1684 (Louvre Museum, Paris France)
3. (right) Coat of Arms of Aragon

Let me point out that during the constructing of both land and law of the United States in the 1700s, the so called founding fathers, George Washington, Thomas Jefferson,  to name a few slave and land owners housed and befriended FREE BLACK AFRICANS like Banneker and  Senator John Hanson (First Black President of the U.S. Continental Congress, 1781)  who  were both noted as being from Mali, Iberia and other FREE African nations AND of African Royal Blood families. Hence, during the preset of the American Atlantic Slave Trade these gentlemen and others whom history fails to mention were actually not enslaved along side the thousands or millions of misfortune slaves of the triad holocaust.

Drake Royal Jewels depicting Royal Moors of African Descent (Iberia) and White Royalty

Drake Royal Jewels depicting Royal Moors of African Descent (Iberia) and White Royalty, Museum of London, 1591

Why were they, unlike their contemporary captives who were sold and documented like chattel on the steps of the  Capitol Hill and New York’s Wall Street,  permitted t be separate, different and allowed the Rights denied by others of the same exact black skin that they too possessed? Because these men and many other unnamed historically forgotten Black men were among a social elite group of Free, African Royals,  let’s suppose, a ‘Moor’ ( meaning ‘Black’)  class who did read, write, add and subtract, legally own property, hold early public political offices, owned plantations, acres of American land, even purchase their own slaves!

A Mayan corbel arch, Uxmal, Yucatan, Mexico

A Mayan corbel arch, Uxmal, Yucatan, Mexico

These free men were integral parts to the formation of what we now consider early America from land architecture to political policy ! Before racism became the tool to control the global economics of and spiritual bodies (literally) of humanity. Some two thousand years after the expulsion of Moors in Spain’s Andalusia in the late 15th century. Free Black Men AND Women and their descendants lived freely in all parts of Europe (711 AD to 1491)!

Moors in Europe

Moors in Europe

So Mr. Gates why do insist of playing the cane-toting bafoon elder of our global history? (smh in sadness and disgust) exhale. [end of rant]

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Okay.. Leo Full Moon surely I can let go of these ‘tiny’ slaps of injustice, it’s just the build up piled up like dog shit in a runners park after while the air of “entitlement” just gets outrageous and must be corrected for the balance of ALL along the path. (smile) Until then I will continue my mission of food justice, organic equality and the love train. (wink)

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Ancient-South-and-East-India_Indus_Kush

I guess I will be  THANKFUL for You Mr Gates, Had you been a truly responsible elder in your position of power and authority I would have not responded so passionately and would not have spent my day gathering this quick research of facts and gorgeous Ancestral memory. It only reminded me of where I truly come from Cosmic Royalty, DNA that has Blue Black Royal Blood, DNA of Masters of Architecture, Mathematics, Astronomy, Maritime and Navigation, Irrigation and Agriculture, City Builders and Temple Spiritual Priests and Priestess,  Ancestors who traversed 360 of this beautiful planet from West, to East, North and South, from the pole shifts of what has been buried beneath the ice and sea levels, from the core of  planet’s center in Africa. Africans are the OLDEST so called race on this planet and have been here forever!

A modern Khmer girl photographed at the temple of Ta Sohm

A modern Khmer girl photographed at the temple of Ta Sohm

I will simply say “Thank You Mr. Gates! We know who we are and where we must go to truly be free of all Illusion.”

KnowThySelf, HealThySelf, LoveThySelf!

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Ria Sweetraw aka IAMDARIA

 


Sources: 

History
Graham Hancock: https://grahamhancock.com/dmisrab5/
The journey of Jagannath from India to Egypt: The Untold
Saga of the Kussites
Bibhu Dev Misra | See: http://bibhudev.blogspot.com/
Unchartered Ruins
Looking for Remnants of the Lost Civilization
Angkor, The city of the Celestial Dragon (Part III)
http://unchartedruins.blogspot.com/2013/01/angkor-city-
of-celestial-dragon-part-iii.html

Angkor Wat
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Angkor_Wat

Km
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Km_(hieroglyph)

Exotic Tribes of Ancient India
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Exotic_tribes_of_ancient_India

Naga People of Lanka
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Naga_people_(Lanka)
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AE Networks
Pyramidsn: Henry Holt. 2001

A Black Man a Moor John Hanson
http://dickgregory.com/latest-news/blog/a-black-man-a-moor-john-hanson

Ancient Man and His First Civilizations
The True Negro (2a)
The Berbers-Tuareg-Moors of North Africa
http://realhistoryww.com/world_history/ancient/Misc/True_Negros/The_True_Negro.htm

Frontline: Queen Charlotte
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/shows/secret/famous/royalfamily.html

 

Black History in Europe

http://realhistoryww.com/world_history/ancient/Misc/Synopsis/Black_History_Europe_synopsis.htm

 

 

 

 

 

Happy Fortitude Fitness ♥ Friday

Happy Friday Family!
(Happy New Moon in Sagittarius and for the vedic kemetic astrology Opichius New Moon!) I had no idea it was a new moon although I think a few days ago, I was looking at a crescent waning moon and thought “Ahh, how gorgeous” before rushing into my next task.  At some point I did find it was in Scorpio! Thank God for Breath, Yoga and the slow-down -and -pause moments to place you back into center.  I am thankful for that awareness.

Fyi: If you are a must know metaphysics enthusiast like myself and wonder how you can use the new moon for your benefit, here’s how:
New Moon Magick: New beginnings, new ventures, fresh starts, new jobs/hunting, optimism, new love, romance, hope and faith, strengthening your health and good intentions.  New Moon in Sagittarius: Philosophical,  Health and Sports, Compassion and Freedom-loving, Optimistic, Chanting, Yoga, Natural Quest for Knowledge. Truth and Wisdom.

New Moon in Sagittarius Art: Steel Eyes

New Moon in Sagittarius
Art: Steel Eyes

Yesterday was Cardio for me, today Dirty 30! Working my way back into the Gym..I’m so VERY excited. After visiting my Trainer Fitness friend on his birthday at his new gym this week, I was very wound up eyeing the equipment and space! I truly do love training, working out, dancing, nature and the best organic, nutrient rich foods; guess I’m a true Sagittarius, Virgo moon! Haha! Something about the Primal Physical Element mixed with a heap of Hermetic Mentalism that turns me on! What can I say- Strength is Sexy! Mind, Body and Spirit! 😉

"Thought is the Sculptor who can create the person you want to be." Henry Thoreau

“Thought is the Sculptor who can create the person you want to be.” Henry David Thoreau

And in keeping in that alignment, Happy Happy Fortitude Fitness Friday! Whoot whoot!

  • Get Your Early Morning Superfood Protein Shakes and Smoothies
  • Eat Whole Foods after your workout or training
  • If You are doing the Intermittent Fasting remember to Hydrate and Train Smart!
  • Remember to use Good Form
  • Hydrate some more!
  • Show and Share Gratitude and Appreciation!
  • Get Shyt Done!
  • Love Yourself Some More!

Fortitude Fitness Fridays Inspiration!

Fitness Fridays Inspiration

Fitness Fridays Inspiration: Maggie Watson

Self Acceptance and Change : A Great Mix of Action !

Self Acceptance and Change : A Great Mix of Action !

Make it Your Intention to Be Both; Give and Take! True Reciprocity!

Make it Your Intention to Be Both; Give and Take! True Reciprocity!

BElieve in YOUrself! Stay Consistent! Eat Right, Eat Clean, Work Hard!

BElieve in YOUrself! Stay Consistent! Eat Right, Eat Clean, Work Hard!

EatClean Fight for Fitness!

Eat Clean, Train Mean,  Fight for Your Fitness!

 

InLove,

Ria

 

 

WillPower Wednesdays

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I know I’m a bit late with this post but I DID workout today! I’m  loving the way I’m transforming; Sexy, Slimmer, Shapely, Tighter, Toned with a “Glow” as my Body Builder Trainer Champion friend told me yesterday while visiting him at his new gym in Martinez. It so happened to be his birthday. “What are ‘you’ doing to stay so fit?” he asked. I quickly responded almost in doubt in the midst of answering him “Fit? I’m not fit YET! I haven’t been in a gym in ages” catching the “WOW” on his face as his eyes flowed from my shoulders to calves. “I’m getting there.” I assure him seeing my image in my mind.  And Im thankful at how quickly my body is responding to my daily workouts.

Never Limit Yourself Never Limit Others

Never Limit Yourself
Never Limit Others

Perhaps I am more ‘fit’ then I think I am and my daily fitness routines are proving to show and prove.  But knowing my personal fitness and wellness goals, I am on this journey to exceed my own expectations and be in the best shape of my life at any age.

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In fact, my Sun was blowing up my phone when I was in the middle of an Upper Body workout. He asked me why I was breathing so hard. I smirked.  As we got into our conversation and he shared his heart with me my voice shifted becoming stronger, more clear, more honest. I listened. REALLY listened to him before answering. I really listened to him and repeated some of his own words back to him. I asked him questions like “Why?” I asked him to look within himself to find the answers, to be brave, to be confrontational with himself, to be honest and lose all the distractions from deeper self-inquiry.  There were many “wow’s,” pauses and realizations we shared between the two of us.  By the time I hung up he said he knew what he must do and I had realized not only about him but about myself,  my family and the generations in my circle.
The longing to be whole, realized and fulfilled are ageless. And my words that happiness only truly comes through finding your passion, your happiness, your reason for waking echoed from my heart to his. Life is for exploration and being present! And keeping your will power strong.