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What is light?
Light is where you can see everything,
Light is where darkness disappears.
Who is enlightened?
One who can see everything: good, bad and neutral.
One who can see all and see God.
If you cannot see God in all,
You cannot see God at all.
Those who seek God inside, find it.
Those who seek God outside,
Waste their time and waste their lives.
~ Yogi Bhajan

Hey fellow yogis!

Do you crave to travel and roam around different countries as a way to seek freedom and independence? Do you want to experience new and exciting cultures and learn some new languages? Or maybe you want to travel to meet new people and make new friendships?

Well, for me, travel means more than just freedom, exploration, or connection.

Travel means reaching new levels of clarity, consciousness and community.

I saw a glimpse of what reaching my highest and truest self in my relationships, my being and in my practice of yoga looked like when I stayed in Hawaii.

Let me explain.

I worked in a community as a yoga intern for nine weeks in the rainforest of Pahoa, Hawaii. It challenged me in more ways than one, and gave me a fresh perspective on the life I wanted to create for myself. A life rooted in healthy community, healthy communication, healthy food, and healthy movement in nature.

Yoga opened up so many possibilities in my life and acted as a gateway to healing my relationship with food, healing my relationship with my parents, healing my relationship with myself and accepting the slower paced life to allow me to regain my feminine energy. Yoga revealed my true self and the lifestyle that aligned with my truth and my heart.

After experiencing living in community, and being around other conscious and like-minded individuals striving and stretching for spirituality, it made me crave community more and more. Coming back to an individualistic, self-absorbed city left me feeling drained, numb and depressed. I was craving connection … connection to others, connection to God, and connection to my inner being.

That’s when I made the ultimate life-defining decision about my future. What a convenient time … being that I was finishing university, was single and could create a future me that was ready to research, ready to revitalize, and ready to receive.

I recently have been working for an international yoga school, the Kula Collective and started my journey in Peru this August, as I completed my 200-hour yoga teacher training with them.

I bought a one-way ticket and the biggest backpack I could find.

I am ready for anything and everything to come my way.

But how does one even prepare for such an endeavor?

How does one plan for an adventure of the unknown, an adventure solely planned by God and an adventure built on trust, positivity and hope? How does one prepare for an adventure of learning and growing and expanding … whether that’s on a surfboard, on a cliff or on the top of a mountain??

I don’t plan to go away for a while and then return home … this is not a temporary finding-myself-backpacking-kind-of-trip. This is a journey of conscious-community-seeking filled with work exchanges, with yoga teaching, and with finding beauty in the ordinary and the extraordinary moments.

This is a journey of being both settled and unsettled in the uncomfortable. This is a journey of being a vessel of light to allow for darkness to disappear, and for love and connection to begin. I am on the search maybe not for an end point, but a beginning point … to experience my truest self, being in my elements of nature, community, and yoga. I want to find home everywhere I go, … the feeling of home found in the coziness of people, not places.

I am opened to opportunity. I hope to be inspired to spark initiative, spark change, spark ideas and spark awareness. I hope to create space for others to seek wisdom from within and to reach their highest potential, whether that’s through my teaching, my words or my actions.

So, how have I physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually allowed myself to process such a way of being … such a lifestyle change?

It started with defining what I wanted. Pressured to do a masters and go the traditional route, I had different plans for my future as I have had such a drawn to spirituality and have completely fallen head over heels for yoga. And I know my route is different, however, it is the only route that makes sense for me to experience God from the inside. I don’t want to waste time or waste my life going down a path that isn’t aligned with who I am, what I stand for, and my ultimate life purpose.

I believe that we need to create the life we were meant to live … and that does involve sacrifice and change. We do not grow into the people we need to become when we stay stagnant and in our comfort zones. It’s only when we learn and expand our minds and our hearts do we see the possibilities … and see how we can reach our most joyful and conscious selves.

So here is my blueprint to help you follow your intuition when travelling as a yogi to align you with your dharma, your highest self and the vision God (or the Cosmic Energy, or the Universe … whatever YOU identify with!) has for you:

  1. Ask

Put out your positive and hopeful vibrational energy into the universe and ask for answers. Maybe you don’t know where to start your journey … start by asking and surrendering control. You must trust in the process and release all expectations of what your future looks like to allow for expansion and growth.

  1. Seek

Now don’t just sit there!! Do your research about opportunities around the world that best highlight your skills, your interests, and your values and beliefs. Seek out communities, work exchanges, retreat centers, education or anything that speaks to your soul. Fill out applications, set up Skype interviews … put in the effort without fear, judgment and control of the outcome. But remember to value your worth and your skills so that others value your work and energy too.

  1. Wait

Have a neutral mind towards the outcome of your efforts. See what places return your calls and emails, then sit or go for a walk and meditate on the different places and opportunities. What feels right to you? What are you sensing? What is God telling you? What is aligned with your truth? What signals are you getting internally … not externally from family and friends? What ignites your soul and makes you excited? This is your inner journey … trust your inner guide. 

  1. Allow

Allow yourself to feel. Run to release your anger, cry to release your unease, dance to release your joy, or talk it out to release your anxiety. Allow yourself to process your journey, and process the change that you are about to make. Take time in solitude to be still and silent. Journal it all out to truly understand your intentions, your thoughts, and how you will proceed forward … make a plan for action.

  1. Action

Now it’s time to take the risk and make it happen. Book the plane ticket, accept the offer, get the backpack and start packing!

So I encourage you to live the simple life … live the nomadic life … live the lifestyle your soul is longing for … and don’t be scared to be different, to be bold and to be a trailblazer.

Peace & Love,

Jill – your veggie villager xx

PLEASE SHARE YOUR JOURNEY! Comment below about how you are being a trailblazer and following your passion and your dreams!!

And don’t forget to follow my upcoming Peru adventures and life journey on my Instagram @theveggievillager!

Hey my veggies,

I have recently started to see a pattern with those around me my age that I have met and worked with and wanted to share my thoughts with you. I’ve realized that my generation and the upcoming ones have one thing in common – we like to challenge the norm.

Our baby boomer parents worked hard to go to school with one job in mind, working in a factory in the meantime to pay for school. But our generation is different. We have such big and bold ideas – ways to constantly better ourselves and the world. We are conscious of our impact on the world and want to help with bigger world issues outside of our 9-5 work days.

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We are innovators.
We are creators.
We are visionaries.

We spend our extra time researching how to start our own businesses while constantly volunteering with non-profits that work towards solving local issues. We are invested in our communities.

We are a generation that wants to FIX everything, but doesn’t want to BE anything.

We don’t want to be labelled in that one role – a doctor, a teacher, a lawyer. We have multiple interests, and want to combine them and create our own jobs and schedules. We are evolving with the times and growing in ROWE environments. We want jobs that are keeping us HAPPY busy so we can become passionate people who are working towards bettering our communities.

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I know for me, I have such a passion for health and well-being and love being a Kinesiology student. There are SO many options with a human kinetics degree – chiropractor, massage therapist, physiotherapist, naturopath – but these all seem so conventional.

I want to be a health EXPERT so that I can educate and inspire the next generation and continually learn to better my own knowledge and character. I want to share knowledge and change health in children and in hospitals, beginning with what we are putting on our plates!! Nutrition is critical in such vulnerable states of life – health is VITAL for growth and development and for healing and renewal.

Who said we have to stop learning when we are done being official ‘students’? In order to better ourselves and others, we should continuously learn about what we love, and become experts in that. We find niche problems that we are passionate about solving, then use our knowledge and leadership to start an initiative or creative project that addresses the root cause, not the symptoms of the issue. In order to stop suffering, we need to be out-of-the-box thinkers and innovators. 

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Travelling the world with some earth shakers.

I’m not saying that roles are bad – but sometimes they limit our growth and cause us to become confused and hopeless about our futures, especially when we are young and still searching for that ‘perfect job’. We don’t want our identity to be our roles. We might go to university lost, but that’s okay, as long as we take the knowledge we learn and can apply it to create something fulfilling and transformational. When we have ambition and drive, others will take notice and will gladly support our endeavours – especially when we are others focused!!

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Share some of your deliciousness.

Here is why our generation is radical and ready to turn the world upside down:

  1. We see our potential. 

    We have many interests and want to combine them into our dream jobs – and that can be a reality if we become creative and get out of the role mentality. We can play on our strengths and create positive change and as a result, we become happy and satisfied with our futures. As our knowledge progresses, we progress. We are potentialites!!!

  2. We see others’ potential. 

    We understand that our environments can impact our mind, body and soul. We see the good in all people, no matter their circumstance, and want to help the victims who suffer in their circumstances. A wealthy system or corporation may have taken over and caused others to suffer – and we want to find solutions in order for them to be the best versions of themselves.

  3. We make things happen. 

    Some may think young people have poor work ethic or are constantly glued to our phones, but a large majority are not. I know many of my friends work multiple jobs, are in multiple clubs, volunteer at multiple places and get things DONE. We are leaders of change. We want to create a plan – and put it into ACTION.

  4. We evolve and change like technology.  

    With our world constantly updating and innovating, we have become accustomed to adopting quickly and innovating rapidly. We are constantly reinventing ourselves and learning new things about ourselves and others, changing our ultimate paths and shaping our journeys.

  5. We want something more.

    We don’t want to clock in and out everyday for the rest of our lives, keeping our work separate from our lives and who we are as people. We want to serve a higher purpose, and have deeper meaning in the work we do, always seeing the bigger picture.

So I challenge you to reassess your job, your role in society and find who you truly are and what you truly are passionate about (If you need help with this, check out the Hedgehog Concept).

Use your many talents and gifts and combine them into being the best version of you. Create balance in your life and constantly learn to become an expert in something you love and can apply to the real world to change the root problems of the global issues right in our local communities.

generation

Peace & Love,

Jill – your veggie villager xx

 

 

 

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