From Sunrise to Siesta: a Piece of El Camino de Santiago

El Camino de Santiago (the Way of St. James) is a pilgrimage trek towards Santiago de Compostella, a cathedral for St. James in Santiago, Spain. There are numerous ways to get there, most commonly walking or biking vertically from Portugal or across the north of Spain from France. One woman I met began in BelgiumContinue reading “From Sunrise to Siesta: a Piece of El Camino de Santiago”

Psychedelic Substances: An Evolutionary Medicine

There’s heavy stigma on psychedelic/hallucinogenic substances. I have little faith that this post will reverse the stigma (certainly not on a cultural level), and like other Live Fluently topics, I approach merely as a humble devil’s advocate. I write about what I’m learning and what I like to talk about. This topic is no exception.Continue reading “Psychedelic Substances: An Evolutionary Medicine”

Labyrinths: The Winding Road to Healing

Labyrinths are powerful ancient symbols, and if you’ve been following Live Fluently, you know that I love symbols. The purpose of this symbol, even more closely aligning with my interests and inspiring my extensive knowledge of it, is to represent a healing journey inward. Interestingly, the inner structure of the ear is called a labyrinth,Continue reading “Labyrinths: The Winding Road to Healing”

Your Blank Canvas: The True Power in the Creative Process

Do you ever notice a deep sense of connection from looking at an image, listening to a song, tasting homemade food, reading, or watching a film? Maybe if you’re an artist you’re familiar with a particular feeling in the creative process that is difficult to explain but happens from the moment you begin executing anContinue reading “Your Blank Canvas: The True Power in the Creative Process”

Ode to Poetry

This is my letter to the World That never wrote to Me— Emily Dickinson April is National Poetry Month! Let’s celebrate! Poetry is beautiful, tragic, raw human emotion. Poetry is power and vulnerability. If you watched the recent US presidential inauguration in January, Amanda Gorman completely captivated the world with her poem “The Hills WeContinue reading “Ode to Poetry”

Can Compassion Be Taught?

I’m not convinced that compassion is as abundant as kindness or love. At least, compassion isn’t as easily recognizable as kindness and love. We can name thousands of different acts of kindness, but compassion seems to be more like the quiet introvert of characteristics. How exactly is compassion expressed? If I had to guess I’dContinue reading “Can Compassion Be Taught?”