A personal note on Soul-Mates

For those of you who donโ€™t know him, ๐ญ๐ก๐ข๐ฌ ๐ข๐ฌ ๐’๐ž๐ญ๐ก, ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ฅ๐จ๐ฏ๐ž ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐ฆ๐ฒ ๐ฅ๐ข๐Ÿ๐ž! ๐Ÿ’žโฃโฃโฃโฃ


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I absolutely adore this soul, this human, this man, my best friend, best life partner, best adventure buddy, and one of the kindest people Iโ€™ve ever known… โฃโฃโฃโฃ
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๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€โค๏ธโ€๐Ÿ’‹โ€๐Ÿ‘จ We got together what seems like countless moons ago while I was completing my university studies in Missoula Montana, a time of much uncertainty and darkness in my life. Everything started at a friendโ€™s pirate themed birthday party ๐Ÿดโ€โ˜ ๏ธ After that we started to hang out and get to know each other, although I barely even knew myself back then. ๐˜ˆ๐˜ฏ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ญ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ธ๐˜ช๐˜ด๐˜ฆ ๐˜ด๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜ญ in a young body as he was, Seth was there holding a loving-kindness and compassion torch for me shinning bright to navigate my shadows, endlessly patient and loving until I was ready to fully welcome him into my life. โฃโฃโฃ


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๐Ÿฆ‹ Years have passed seemingly quickly while we continue to grow together, mentally and spiritually, continuously stepping into more evolved versions of ourselves. ๐˜–๐˜ถ๐˜ณ ๐˜ด๐˜ข๐˜ค๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ถ๐˜ฏ๐˜ช๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ continues over 10 years strong and I am endlessly grateful to be waking up daily next to the love of my life. โฃโฃโฃโฃ
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๐Ÿ‘ฃTogether we have traveled the world, moved across the country multiple times, experienced some of the most epic transformational events, and continue to show up daily with curiosity of ๐˜ฉ๐˜ฐ๐˜ธ ๐˜ฎ๐˜ถ๐˜ค๐˜ฉ ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ข๐˜ฎ๐˜ข๐˜ป๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ ๐˜ค๐˜ข๐˜ฏ ๐˜ญ๐˜ช๐˜ง๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฃ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ต๐˜ฐ๐˜จ๐˜ฆ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ!โฃโฃโฃโฃ
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โ˜ฏ๏ธ Seth is the grounding Earth beneath my feet when my fiery wings take me so high that I get lost in the clouds. Literally, his double Capricorn-ness compliments my double Sagittarius-ness so perfectly, and I bring in the fire and adventure as needed. โฃโฃโฃโฃ
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โ™พ As opposites as we seem to be in our personalities, backgrounds and upbringings, I feel that that ๐˜ฑ๐˜ฐ๐˜ญ๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ช๐˜ต๐˜บ ๐˜ช๐˜ด ๐˜ธ๐˜ฉ๐˜ข๐˜ต ๐˜ฎ๐˜ข๐˜ฌ๐˜ฆ๐˜ด ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ช๐˜ด ๐˜ข๐˜ต๐˜ต๐˜ณ๐˜ข๐˜ค๐˜ต๐˜ช๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ ๐˜ด๐˜ฐ ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜ฆ๐˜ท๐˜ช๐˜ต๐˜ข๐˜ฃ๐˜ญ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ง๐˜ถ๐˜ญ๐˜ง๐˜ช๐˜ญ๐˜ญ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ. Our souls made the contract long ago. And now here we are on this lifetime weโ€™ve chosen to spend together, ๐˜ต๐˜ณ๐˜ถ๐˜ญ๐˜บ ๐˜ด๐˜ฆ๐˜ฆ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ ๐˜ฆ๐˜ข๐˜ค๐˜ฉ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ ๐˜ฃ๐˜ฆ๐˜บ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ฑ๐˜ฉ๐˜บ๐˜ด๐˜ช๐˜ค๐˜ข๐˜ญ ๐˜ง๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ๐˜ฎ, going beyond the mind and melting our hearts back into one. โฃโฃโฃโฃ
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๐Ÿ’— ๐“๐ก๐ข๐ฌ ๐ข๐ฌ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ž๐ฆ๐›๐จ๐๐ข๐ž๐ ๐ฆ๐š๐ญ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐ญ๐ฐ๐จ ๐ฌ๐จ๐ฎ๐ฅ๐ฌ, ๐ญ๐ก๐ซ๐จ๐ฎ๐ ๐ก ๐ฉ๐ฎ๐ซ๐ž ๐ฎ๐ง๐ข๐ฏ๐ž๐ซ๐ฌ๐š๐ฅ ๐ฅ๐จ๐ฏ๐ž, ๐š ๐ฌ๐š๐œ๐ซ๐ž๐ ๐›๐ข๐ซ๐ญ๐ก๐ข๐ง๐  ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐ฎ๐ง๐ข๐ญ๐ฒ ๐œ๐จ๐ง๐ฌ๐œ๐ข๐จ๐ฎ๐ฌ๐ง๐ž๐ฌ๐ฌ!โฃโฃโฃโฃ

Who I Be

๐‡๐ž๐ฒ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž๐ซ๐ž ๐›๐ž๐š๐ฎ๐ญ๐ข๐Ÿ๐ฎ๐ฅ ๐›๐ž๐ข๐ง๐ ! I thought I’d share a bit about me, as I’ve never actually introduced myself on this blog aside from my brief bio on the home page. I hope you find some resonance and inspiration along th
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๐Ÿค— My name is ๐„๐ซ๐ข๐ง๐๐š and I am 33 years old. I was born in the small country of Albania and lived in Greece during my teen years. I moved across the globe to U.S. at 18 to attend university, and have explored all over the country since then. I currently call home the colorful and hip city of Austin Texas. I love to travel quite often.โฃโฃ
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๐Ÿ”ฎ I love connecting with open minded people, getting past small talk and discussing existential topics and matters of the heart and soul. I can listen to Alan Watts and Ram Dass lectures for hours! โฃโฃโฃโฃ
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๐ŸŒ I also love exploring indigenous cultures and learning from ancient wisdom. Iโ€™ve done quite a bit of world travel and each time I get enchanted by the beauty of this planet and the hearts of the people on it.โฃโฃโฃโฃ
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๐Ÿง˜๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ Yoga and Meditation tune me straight into my heart, and have helped me heal tremendously in my body and mind. Iโ€™ve made it my current life mission to share the wisdom and healing potential of Yoga as a holistic approach with those who are ready to heal, grow, and connect to greater levels of awareness.โฃโฃโฃโฃ
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๐Ÿ’“ I love designing my lifestyle in a way that encourages playfulness and lightheartedness to guide the way of the heart. I also love expressing myself through art in various mediums – dancing, flow arts, music, photography, painting, writing, etc. When I forget how important play is, I look at nature and children and remember again.โฃโฃ
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๐ŸŒŽ I feel most at home when Iโ€™m immersed in Nature: forest, ocean, mountains, etc. Iโ€™m a lifetime treehugger and animal lover. I can connect quickly with animals and tune in into their instinctual wisdom. I find a teacher in every creature as well as circumstance. โฃโฃโฃโฃ
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๐Ÿ™๐Ÿผ If you have read so far, thank you! I honor you for being here in this human experience.

Heart Open

When this world seems like itโ€™s falling apart, โฃโฃ
when you donโ€™t really know what to believe, โฃโฃ
when the hero and villain alternate like an unpredictable chess game, โฃโฃ
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There is one thing Iโ€™m unshakably confident in: โฃโฃ
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Weโ€™ve never needed to open our hearts more, โฃโฃ
than when we feel like closing them to protect ourselves…โฃโฃ
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I know it hurts, Iโ€™ve been hurt and Iโ€™ve hurt others, too…โฃ
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We all have, knowingly or not. Some seemingly more than others. Thatโ€™s beyond my human understanding to bestow meaning or justice upon. โฃ
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And with all the pains and sorrows, โฃ
with all the fear and uncertainty,โฃ
with all the hope seemingly gone…โฃ
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I choose to crack my heart a little more open!โฃ
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One of the biggest lessons this year has beenโฃโฃ
trusting in the darkness of the unknown…โฃโฃ
Like an unborn child in the motherโ€™s womb, โฃ
floating in a sea of darkness, being, trusting, โฃ
that same darkness nourishes them until birth….โฃ
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I choose to trust and I choose hope!โฃ
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Remembering love, amidst all the hatred and fear…โฃโฃ
Choosing hope, during that darkest night of the soul…โฃโฃ
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Coming back to Love, over and over again!โฃโฃ
Countless times, again and again.โฃ
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Here is my favorite heart-opening prayer, by Beautiful Choir:โฃโฃ
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I Believe Only in Love.โฃโฃ
Everything else on earth lacks meaning.โฃโฃ
Even if this world is leveled to the ground;โฃโฃ
Even if the seas dry up and the mountains wear down;โฃโฃ

Love will Live Forever in the Infinite Universe,โฃโฃ
Forever in the Infinite Universe,โฃโฃ
Forever in the Infinite Universe.โฃโฃ
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SHE who dances

SHE who dances in dirt knows the joy of being clean.โฃ
SHE who dances in first eats a slice of darkness alongside her cup of sunlight.โฃ
SHE who dances in dirt can smell the stench and survive, โฃ
wonโ€™t hesitate to cry when she feels pain.โฃ
She screens until her anguish breeds laughter and her laughter breeds movement.โฃ
She proclaims her boundaries loud, proud, with conviction, โฃ
and believes fervently that her input it valuableโฃ
SHE who dances in dirt breathes fully, breathes freely.โฃ
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SHE who dances in dirt has also flirted with fire, swam in sadness, tasted tragedy, felt the forceful flames or fury rise within her soul then bubble up, out, and over into a salty sea.โฃ
She has been there. She has gone deep.โฃ
She knows the meaning of suffering, โฃ
and has risen from her pain alive and cleanโ€”ruggedly scarredโ€”but shinning clean.โฃ
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SHE who dances in dirt does so because โฃ
she knows her dancing will cause he wounds to heal.โฃ
Her dancing will connect her with the pulse of the great mother.โฃ
Her joy atop a mass of confusion โฃ
will help others learnโฃ
to trust the dirt, befriend the pain, knowโฃ
its watery depthsโฃ
and in them find power to rise from the black hole.โฃ
Her dancing with spread until โฃ
SHE who dances in dirt โฃ
will not dance alone.โฃ
SHE who dances in dirt is one of manyโฃ
who move their bare feet โฃ
across and into the landโฃ
dancing, dancing, dancing . . . โฃ
joyfully, confusedly, wildly, in the dirt.โฃ
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โ€“ Anna Ruth Hall