Anna Maria Beach :)

Day 2 at the beach, I had already gotten sunburned,
so I hid under a towel & umbrella.

Oh, and read a trashy romance novel.

R wanted to make a sandcastle. I made the moat :)

Breakfast @ Peaches. We went twice.

Tailgating a wedding, it happend.

i carry your heart(i carry it in my heart)

“A weed is but an unloved flower.” – Ella Wheeler Wilcox

“It may not seem like it at the time, but when you do something that’s necessary for your spirtual growth, it gives permisson to those around you to grow in the way they mosty need. If they are not able to thrive at your level, then you gave them the gift of freedom to be exactly where they need to be, and you’re free to do the same. In the end, be loving, be brave, and be where you are most happy. Whatever the outcome, you just gave yourself the best gift of all: remaining true to your truth.”

I’ve been reading, “Road Trip Guide to the Soul” by Sadie Nardini, and that paragraph really spoke to me with some things I’ve been struggling with.

I need to come to the realization that some people don’t change, or are not ready to. With that, I’m accepting them as they are. I think devotion to a substance is a glaring weakness in will and character, but it’s clear people consider it an indelible part of who they are. It’s truly a sad state when one is partially defined by a substance and it’s sub-culture. But, sadly that’s the way it goes.

I really have no other choice to pick up my heart, pray, and accept they way the cards have unfolded for me.

Psalm 34:18
The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit

Coal transforms into a diamond under intense pressure. If you’re a diamond in the rough, see the friction in your life as a gift.

I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do everything through him who gives me strength.

Philippians 4:11-13

My mind is blown right now. Ealier this morning I was looking for these sandals I saw this past weekend that a girl was wearing at Ginnie Springs. I tried all google searches. I had given up.

I then had moved on to looking in for the perfect black wedges. I stumbled onto Melissa’s “Scarfun Summer” wedges:

I cannot describe how perfect they are. I do usually prefer close toed shoes (Don’t like being smashed) but I’ve fallen in love with these, next pay day I am going to celebrate the closing of this intensely busy month, and buy myself these. If I make till then, I’ll be very proud of myself. :)

While browsing, I FOUND the sandals I saw this past weekend! They are made by Melissa too! They are named, “Secret love”:

Aren’t they different? I love the idea behind them. I want to pick them up as well, but I would like to test try these on first. I wonder how it feels…! I’m so excited, I love the universe and it’s connectivity! More Melissa shoes!!

Admiring some nudes this afternoon. They are positively inspiring.

Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Bather Arranging Her Hair (1885)

Pierre-Auguste Renoir, After the bath (1888)

Peter Paul Rubens, The Union of Earth and Water (1619)

Charles Joseph Natoire, “Le Reveil de Venus” or “ the “Awakening of Venus” (1741)

Alexandre Cabanel, “The Birth of Venus” (1863) This is one of my favorites.

Gustave Courbet, Reclining Nude (1862)

The majority of these were from the mid-1800’s, I guess I’m a fan of Realism/Impressionism, I need to look more into the classifications of art.

I know I first noticed Baroque paintings. I fell in love with Rembrandt’s “The Night Watch” when I was 10 or so. I was so captivated with the drama in the painting. It also has an interesting story behind it.

These past two weeks have been incredibly busy!

This past weekend I went to Ginnie Springs for a friend’s birthday camping trip.

Here is me (far right) roasting some hotdogs over the fire while the burgers were being cooked on the grill. One of the people that came along brought glowstick bracelets that really helped find people in the dark.

Here’s me sitting in the middle of the campsite. We had a total of 11 people, with 5 tents. I was in the far left biggest tent with three other friends. I lucked out and got to sleep on an air mattress, I need to invest in an areo bed, I slept very well. (Other than the hotness)

Birthday boy jumping over the fire. (I’m always getting jumping photos!)

i carry your heart with me
(i carry it in my heart)
e.e. cummings

a super sweet 8 mm sterling silver disc has been hand stamped with the words “with me” – the missing part of the sterling silver disc key chain. the key chain is stamped with “i carry your heart” and is attached to a key ring. all metal, except the key ring component, is sterling silver.

a sweet way to stay connected, even when you’re far (or not so far) apart.

This is the sweetest piece of jewelry I’ve ever seen. I seriously thought I was going to cry. Silver Made Studio

Sahasrara: The Crown Chakra

Sahasrara is generally considered to be the chakra of pure consciousness. Its role may be envisioned somewhat similarly to that of the pituitary gland, which secretes hormones to communicate to the rest of the endocrine system and also connects to the central nervous system via the hypothalamus. The thalamus is thought to have a key role in the physical basis of consciousness. Symbolized by a lotus with one thousand petals, it is located at the crown of the head. Sahasrara is represented by the colour violet and it involves such issues as inner wisdom and the death of the body. Sahasrara’s inner aspect deals with the release of karma, physical action with meditation, mental action with universal consciousness and unity, and emotional action with “beingnness”.

Ajna: The Brow Chakra

Ajna (along with Bindu, is also known as the third eye chakra) is linked to the pineal gland which may inform a model of its envisioning. The pineal gland is a light sensitive gland that produces the hormone melatonin which regulates sleep and waking up. Ajna is symbolised by a lotus with two petals, and corresponds to the colour white, indigo or deep blue. Ajna’s key issues involve balancing the higher & lower selves and trusting inner guidance. Ajna’s inner aspect relates to the access of intuition. Emotionally, Ajna deals with clarity on an intuitive level.

Vishuddha: The Throat Chakra

Vishuddha (also Vishuddhi) may be understood as relating to communication and growth through expression. This chakra is paralleled to the thyroid, a gland that is also in the throat and which produces thyroid hormone, responsible for growth and maturation. Symbolised by a lotus with sixteen petals. Vishudda is characterized by the color light or pale blue, or turquoise. It governs such issues as self-expression and communication, as discussed above. Physically, Vishuddha governs communication, emotionally it governs independence, mentally it governs fluent thought, and spiritually, it governs a sense of security.

Anahata: The Heart Chakra

Anahata, or Anahata-puri, or padma-sundara is related to the thymus, located in the chest. The thymus is an element of the immune system as well as being part of the endocrine system. It is the site of maturation of the T cells responsible for fending off disease and may be adversely affected by stress. Anahata is symbolised by a lotus flower with twelve petals. (See also heartmind). Anahata is related to the colours green or pink. Key issues involving Anahata involve complex emotions, compassion, tenderness, unconditional love, equilibrium, rejection and well being. Physically Anahata governs circulation, emotionally it governs unconditional love for the self and others, mentally it governs passion, and spiritually it governs devotion.

Manipura: The Solar Plexus Chakra

Manipura or manipuraka is related to the metabolic and digestive systems. Manipura is believed to correspond to Islets of Langerhans,[29] which are groups of cells in the pancreas, as well as the outer adrenal glands and the adrenal cortex. These play a valuable role in digestion, the conversion of food matter into energy for the body. Symbolised by a lotus with ten petals. The colour that corresponds to Manipura is yellow. Key issues governed by Manipura are issues of personal power, fear, anxiety, opinion-formation, introversion, and transition from simple or base emotions to complex. Physically, Manipura governs digestion, mentally it governs personal power, emotionally it governs expansiveness, and spiritually, all matters of growth.

Svadhisthana: The Sacral Chakra

Swadhisthana, Svadisthana or adhishthana is located in the sacrum (hence the name) and is considered to correspond to the testes or the ovaries that produce the various sex hormones involved in the reproductive cycle. Svadisthana is also considered to be related to, more generally, the genitourinary system and the adrenals. The Sacral Chakra is symbolized by a lotus with six petals, and corresponds to the colour orange. The key issues involving Svadisthana are relationships, violence, addictions, basic emotional needs, and pleasure. Physically, Svadisthana governs reproduction, mentally it governs creativity, emotionally it governs joy, and spiritually it governs enthusiasm.

Muladhara: The Base Chakra

Muladhara or root chakra is related to instinct, security, survival and also to basic human potentiality. This centre is located in the region between the genitals and the anus. Although no endocrine organ is placed here, it is said to relate to the gonads and the adrenal medulla, responsible for the fight-or-flight response when survival is under threat. There is a muscle located in this region that controls ejaculation in the sexual act of the human male. A parallel is charted between the sperm cell and the ovum where the genetic code lies coiled and the kundalini. Muladhara is symbolized by a lotus with four petals and the colour red. Key issues involve sexuality, lust and obsession. Physically, Muladhara governs sexuality, mentally it governs stability, emotionally it governs sensuality, and spiritually it governs a sense of security.

The Indian Buddhist Sutras, written on cloth in India, were transmitted to other regions of the world. These sutras, written on banners, were the origin of prayer flags. Legend ascribes the origin of the prayer flag to the Shakyamuni Buddha, whose prayers were written on battle flags used by the devas against their adversaries, the asuras. The legend may have given the Indian bhikku a reason for carrying the ‘heavenly’ banner as a way of signifying his commitment to ahimsa.This knowledge was carried into Tibet by 800 CE, and the actual flags were introduced no later than 1040 CE, where they were further modified. The Indian monk Atisha (980-1054 CE) introduced the Indian practice of printing on cloth prayer flags to Tibet.