“As soon as I am out the door headed for a walk, I am hit with a breath of freedom. As soon as I am surrounded by trees, consumed by the woods, I filter out the bullshit. There is only me. There is only pristine clarity. JOY.” Me, Brittany.
This is the first thing I wrote in my journal yesterday (the lovely one with a Thoreau quote pictured above). And it is absolutely true. I have found myself slipping away from hiking as much lately (I want to hike everyday, I may make it out a couple of times a week). But for me I know I need to be more committed. We all have ways we deal with life. Ways we explore our feelings (or often, ways we avoid our feelings). Ways we feel connected. Ways we reboot. Ways we refuel, recharge, energize. We all have things we are passionate about. I am passionate about being outside. Continue reading →
“The world we have created is a product of our thinking; it cannot be changed without changing our thinking.” ~Albert Einstein
I love my Aunt Cheryl, after a chat about meditating she sent me this. Ever since I read Change Your Thoughts Change Your Life by Dr Wayne Dyer three years ago, I have come to wholeheartedly believe this. You can also think that thoughts become things. Like Thoreau said too:
It is never to late to give up your prejudices.
It’s never to late to change. To be a better person. To be a nicer person. To be a loving person. To be a forgiving person. To be a compassionate person. To be a leader. To be inspired. To live intentionally. Any moment you can change your thought. A moment when you’re feeling anger, you can stop midstream to a positive loving thought. Yesterday I temporarily got frustrated with my mom. I stopped: is this really important? Will I remember this tomorrow, in a week, in a year? Is this relevant? Let it go! So I changed from huffy to loving instantly because I changed the thought, I filled myself up with gratitude and killed the anger.
Chose to meditate and focus on the positive thoughts. Lastly, another quote from the email I received:
Whatever things are true … noble … just … pure … lovely … of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy — meditate on these things. ~Philippians 4:8
Let’s start out with Thoreau: Any fool can make a rule, and any fool will mind it.
We are of course under laws. We are under governmental rule. And societal rules. Unspoken rules of what is right and wrong. How we should be. What is expected. What is weird and out-of-place. What is inappropriate. It’s a bunch of bullshit. Continue reading →
You’re a dreamer, living in my own Brittanyland. I’ve been told this my entire life. To come down from the clouds and join the real world. Well, this ‘real’ world has captivated my attention and taken over my hikes. Dreams, I have this affinity for dreams. Some of my favorite Thoreau quotes (like the tattoo on my arm) deal with dreams.
“If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put the foundations under them.”
“Our truest life is when we are in dreams awake.”
“Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you’ve imagined.”
“I do not know how to distinguish between waking life and a dream. Are we not always living the life that we imagine we are?”
When I was thinking of how I was going to convey my point I knew that I wanted to reference reality TV, but yesterday it came to me to make an Continue reading →
Be willing to change your concept of yourself, which means changing what you have believed to be true. -Don’t let yourself be defined by others and conditioning. Who you were yesterday, doesn’t have to be who you are today. Your perceptions of yourself depend on what you choose, and at any moment you can change them. It is never too later to change our prejudices (a round about quote of Thoreau’s).
Recognize yourself as always connected to your Source of being. -You are an infinite being living a temporary human experience in a temporary body. But your soul, that is infinite. Don’t be limited by downplaying this. Dwell in possibility.
Become willing to say ‘I am God’ from an egoless perspective. -This goes hand-in-hand with the last one. Not necessarily a religion exclamation, but an acknowledgement of you being an infinite being. Continue reading →
Yesterday I finally got in a hike and I didn’t hike just anywhere, but my favorite place in the whole world: Snow Hill behind my childhood home. Not only an opportunity to sing and dance my way around the woods in the rain, but to practice some mindful walking and of course self-discovery.
Lesson 1: What you want isn’t necessarily what you need. Today as I look at the window it is another sunny gorgeous Indiana day, just like Tuesday and Monday. Yesterday as I anxiously waited to get off so I could go outside, I see the darkening clouds and the coming rain. It’s not that sunny-happy day that I thought or hoped I’d get. How silly was I? I barely make it into my shed before my backpack is flung over my shoulder ready to go. It’s sprinkling and dark, how to react? With the same enthusiasm as I had before. As in everything with life I have the opportunity to choose my mood, change my thought, change my prejudice. Sometimes it rains. I can’t control that, but what I can do is put on a smile crank up my IPod, find a song with a beat (PYT was a favorite yesterday), and just feel it, let the music take over and lose myself for a moment. I have the chance to choose.
Lesson 2: Choice is beautiful. I’ve been stuck in this vicious reading cycle (borderline obsessive). What have I been reading? Well after reading the Hunger Games I’ve been hooked on these futuristic young adult dystopia novels. Currently pushing through the Matched series and what I’ve found to be a central theme is choice. The Society controls Continue reading →
Found this the other day and it made me stop and think for a moment. Yesterday I woke to a sunny day and decided to go to Turkey Run for the third weekend in a row. As I was driving through the Indiana countryside this once again popped into my head. I’ve been thinking that I need to get away to take a trip, but as I’m driving I think of what a ridiculous idea that is, when where I am is so right. Indiana is perfection right. Yesterday was sunny, but just cool enough, for the perfect temperature. It was green everywhere I looked, plus the blossoming trees added sparks of purples and whites. As I was hiking wild flowers blossomed in purples and whites as well, but this week there were added red ones. As I drove, listening and belting out my Celine Dion, I thought that happiness is right here where I am and it’s like the Thoreau quote that I frequently remind myself of:
It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see
When I looked around yesterday, it seriously took my breath away. Driving, I decided that I was going to try to find Shade’s State Park. I didn’t have a map and refused to use the navigation on my phone, so needless to say I was lost. I notice that usual anxious feelings would come creeping up, but I would again remind myself of another Thoreau quote:
Extraordinary, extraordinary, extraordinary; this word has been racing through my mind as I’ve been journeying into Dr. Dyer’s Wishes Fulfilled. As this weekend began I set off to discover just what it is like to lead an extraordinary life is like and to catalog and ponder upon it here. So set out with “What do extraordinary people do?” imprinted on my hand and a new-mind set. So put on your heart-shaped glasses and travel along with me. It began Saturday with me and mom whisking my nephews away from my sister to take them to the park to run up the hill. As they giggle and topple their way down the hill, with Trenton’s curly hair proceeding his legs, I can’t help but laugh and feel light-hearted. How lucky am I be here? To have these Continue reading →
In this calming nature that has come over me and revitalized my vision; I have come to recognize opportunity. Generally a mellow spirit. I find lately, things rarely ruffle my feathers, anymore. I.E.
My mom tells me Dad is sorry for cutting me off, something I hadn’t minded at all. I didn’t take it personally and actually thought the discussion as a whole was great.
I drop my phone in the snow and I have to go back and retrieve it. I don’t care about the phone (things are replaceable) or the fact that I’m going to be late for work.
I am a firm believer that things happen for a reason and things that may seem shitty are actually blessing or opportunities if you view them as such or are open to them. Dropping my phone was an opportunity to take the original 2 Continue reading →
I just completed reading Into the Wild and naturally it has brought many things to my attention. I can’t help but feel a kindredness and see many similarities between myself and McCandless. A fan of Tolstoy and Thoreau, many may consider him an ideological, dreamer. He was too green or ignorant about survival in the Alaskan bush and had it coming to him, is what many of his critics proclaim (how easy it is to judge from the outside, to see flaws and determine how best to solve or live a seemed problem, when it is not actually happening to us and we’re not in someone Else’s shoes). I don’t see this at all. I get his perspective (I live in a freaking shed with no electricity for crying out loud). I’ve frequently been testing myself with little adventures. For me its about breaking down Continue reading →