#joshuatree

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The first time I consciously meditated was in high school. I only participated because I was required to during class. I was taking a course called “World Religions” and as part of our unit on Buddhism, our teacher had us meditate for 10 minutes during class. We all lay on the floor, the lights were turned off and we were encouraged to let go of our thoughts. I was totally mortified.

All I could focus on were the million other things I *really* needed to be doing in that moment- like getting into college and reviewing my notes for a test I had later in the afternoon. •
I had a very jaded view of religion growing up, and as a teenager, my mind conflated religion and spirituality. I deeply resented being made to go to church as a kid, bristling every Sunday. I even had my mother, who is trained as a lawyer, draft a “contract” that we both signed, absolving me from required church attendance when I turned 13.

I thought it was cool to be “intellectually superior” to people who had faith and organized their lives around principles. How could anyone be so trusting, so “simple?” It was obvious to me, with zero experiential investigation of my own, that they were wrong and unintelligent. •
Today, I am still not religious. I don’t attend any organized religious institution, but I do believe in something greater. What that something greater is is constantly evolving the more I explore, read, travel and talk to new people. I most easily access this connection in nature.

I believe deeply in curiosity, exploration, open-mindedness, and the necessity of questioning everything- even what you think you know. We need critical thinkers and open hearts now more than ever. •
Yesterday, my exploration took me to the Integratron in the California desert where I took part in a sound bath with about 30 other people. What exactly happened, I don’t know, but the hour and a half experience felt both instantaneous and eternal. We all left with smiles on our faces. Today, I’m driving into the desert of Joshua Tree to see what waits for me there... •
happy exploring! ✨☀️🌵

"How often sadness hides behind mirth..."
. 'The Duration of Life' from Grimm's Fairytales by Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm
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In 2016, I lost nearly 100 pounds. I was overweight, tired, sick and exhuasted. I had little to no energy, no zest for life and my moods were erratic, unpredictable and often pretty low. I decided that I was sick and tired of being sick and tired and made a change. I stopped drinking. I started running. I started eating more plants and less processed foods. And things started to change pretty rapidly. I get asked pretty frequently, “what’s your diet? What diet did you go on?” .
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45 million Americans go on a diet each year. Losing weight is one of the most common New Year’s resolutions and yet, nearly 70 percent of adults in America are overweight. Other experts note that about 5% of dieters actually manage to keep the weight off. Americans spend approximately $33 billion dollars a year on losing weight but we cannot keep the weight off. Chronic obesity - and the resulting negative health conditions - are an epidemic in our country. If diets are so common, why is success so uncommon?
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My answer: I don’t believe in diets and we NEED to stop going on them. Diets are about eliminating foods - creating avoidance - whereas a lifestyle focuses on what fuels you. This seems like a simple switch - using one word instead of another…and it is - but it’s important. When we tell ourselves we CAN’T have things, we are making micro decisions that tax our willpower. Willpower has been shown to be a muscle that we exercise when we make decisions. If we are constantly focused on what we cannot have, we are constantly making decisions that exercise our willpower and often leads to this lack of success on diets. Instead, we need to focus on lifestyles - the things we CAN have, the things that fuel us, the things that empower us to live the life we want.

Our beautiful Angel Phantom Quartz with a face in it... A Phantom is a crystal or mineral deposit within a crystal. Phantoms are formed when the growth of a crystal has been interrupted and then begins to grow again. While the color of This Amphibole Phantoms contains inclusions of (yellow) Limonite, (red) Hematite and (white) Kaolinite.

We use ours for the Third Eye and Crown Chakras, as it enables you to gain a stronger connection to the Angelic realm as well as communication with your own Guardian Angel. This protective, high vibration stone increases our awareness of the spiritual realm, past-life recall and lucid dreaming. #crystals #angelphantomquartz #rebeccadruphotography #druified #spiritualawakening #spiritualadventure #crystalskull #misticooperphotography #spiritualmixologists #travel #travelblogger #instagram #spiritualalchemist #joshuatree #energy #energyhealing #getolympus #em5markii

Our beautiful Angel Phantom Quartz with a face in it... A Phantom is a crystal or mineral deposit within a crystal. Phantoms are formed when the growth of a crystal has been interrupted and then begins to grow again. While the color of This Amphibole Phantoms contains inclusions of (yellow) Limonite, (red) Hematite and (white) Kaolinite.

We use ours for the Third Eye and Crown Chakras, as it enables you to gain a stronger connection to the Angelic realm as well as communication with your own Guardian Angel. This protective, high vibration stone increases our awareness of the spiritual realm, past-life recall and lucid dreaming. #crystals #angelphantomquartz #rebeccadruphotography #druified #spiritualawakening #spiritualadventure #crystalskull #misticooperphotography #spiritualmixologists #travel #travelblogger #instagram #spiritualalchemist #joshuatree #energy #energyhealing

Um... just look at these two. JUST. LOOK. AT. EM!!! Feels y’all, feels. Mmhmmmm! I’m headed to the airport now and I’m sooooo sadddd. SO SAD. Buttttt!!! I have a BRAND NEW baby niece to get back and see that was born this morning!! My first time being an official aunt guys!!! I cry.



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So much color 😍 Joshua Tree, you have been so good to me. For those of you visiting near LA, Joshua tree is only 2 hours by car and it’s totally worth the drive. There are nice hikes and beautiful desert landscapes.

So it’s pretty obvious that my Joshua Tree is not coming back from this... but thanks to Amazon my new seeds should be arriving just in time for Christmas!
So I have watched a few videos (there are crazier people than me!) One guy has a YouTube channel about his “Josh”. So even though I find it a little out there that he would have a video diary of the progress of his Joshua Tree spanning over 500 days...I actually found it quite useful. I’ve determined that my guy died from root rot. I’m going to try adding more sand to my soil and water more of the perimeter and from below. I’m also headed to Costco for a grow light and I’m going to set up my grow op at home. I am going to try again. It’s not a failure if you learn from it. I’m hopeful...and to me that’s what a Joshua Tree is all about. I’m excited for my next batch of seeds. I have faith they will sprout, and hope that they will grow. #joshuatree

The brisk Mojave mornings we’ve had lately *mayyyyyy* make you feel like pulling those covers over your head, cuddling up closer, and staying in bed just a tad longer. ✨🌵



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Have a wonderful night!
Im ready for back packing adventure! After about 50 hard working days without a day off and today surprisingly working outside in 6 inches of snow, finally time to take care my soul, photography, travel and my inner child...
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Still opting outside with @rei and was super inspired by my lastest trip to Joshua Tree this week with my beautiful pals! Sometimes the chaos of work can be super overwhelming and it was nice to be able to step outside of the city life and bask in the beauty of mountains for a moment💖 so ready to go back!! #OptOutside

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