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Anonymous asked: How do you stay so positive!? You are such a gift. Can you give a couple words for your fans with depression?
Thank you for the love! :) I made a post about this a while ago and couldn’t actually find the post, but I found the text within the post. I made a few additions and pasted it below. I hope you find it helpful. :)
There are a few different things that I try to keep in mind on a daily basis that help me stay positive in spite of struggles. Things I live by. The first and foremost is to live compassionately. To live with compassion for all living beings including and, very importantly, myself. When I’m feeling jaded and bitter and anti-social, I turn to Buddhist books and teachings. They have helped me more than I can explain to be a more loving, tolerant, curious person, in general, not just to those around me, but also to myself. I don’t consider myself to be Buddhist, but I do believe strongly in many of the teachings and the power and healing therein. I find refuge in practicing love and compassion and strive to do so as often as possible. When I’m actively treating people with loving kindness, the world brightens, people open up and show their sweet sides, everything feels better, and joyous serendipity becomes more of a regular occurrence. I always try to treat others the way I would like to be treated. I am powerfully empathic and I have spent years of my life allowing myself to be ruined by other people’s emotions and struggles. I have learned that, personally, it is very important for me to surround myself with positive, uplifting, loving people who are also on a healing path. Since making this shift, every aspect of my life has been vastly enhanced.
Two of my all time favorite books are The Four Agreements and The Mastery of Love which are both by Don Miguel Ruiz. I highly recommend reading them both, particularly The Mastery of Love. They are both short, incredibly comprehensible, easy to read books with a wealth of wisdom more vast than I have found anywhere else. You can find them both online for free in PDF form. I also read a lot of uplifting children’s books. I’m always on the lookout for good ones at Goodwill. My all time favorite is Hailstones and Halibut Bones and my second favorite is Let’s Be Happy by P.K. Halinan.
Something I try to do daily that I have found hugely empowering is to look at myself in the mirror and say at least three positive things about myself to myself - they can be positive things about any aspect (physical, mental, emotional, spiritual) of myself and they change depending on what aspect I feel I need a boost in or what aspect I’m currently proud of or grateful for. (It may sound silly or feel silly at first, but this has really helped me treat myself better through years of dealing with masochistic, self loathing, and suicidal thoughts and desires.)
Another helpful tool is meditation. I suggest reading books about it, looking it up online, and finding some good guided meditations. I haven’t looked myself but I have heard there are some really good ones on iTunes and some free ones on YouTube if you are unfamiliar with or struggle with meditation. I don’t meditate nearly as much as I would like to, but when I do (especially when I make it a daily practice) it ALWAYS helps tremendously.
I feel waaay more confident and happy with my body when I am eating healthy, happy foods (lots of organic veggies!!!), drinking a lot of water, staying physically active, and getting plenty of sleep. I think these are four of the very best things a person can do to practice self love (to realize self love, I believe one must commit to the process and practice self loving activities regularly). A few more that are important for me are not drinking alcohol and coffee, not smoking tobacco, and not doing drugs that put a strain on my body. If I do any of these things, I must do them in very careful moderation. Additionally, I take supplements that help with brain function and mood. I’m not recommending anything because I’m not a doctor, but the supplements that work well for me are an omega complex and a vitamin b complex. Also, I take evening primrose oil which is specifically good for women who struggle with menstrual discomfort and irritability. I used to have terrible periods with lots of pain and moodiness, and since taking evening primrose oil, I barely even notice them.
I hope you have found this in some way helpful. I wish you all the best! Much love and light!
“Be wise. Treat yourself, your mind, sympathetically, with loving kindness. If you are gentle with yourself, you will become gentle with others.”
Lama Thubten Yeshe
loveseldom asked: I love you! Lol
I love you too! And your name makes me want to change mine to “lovesoften” lol
Anonymous asked: Does either Jason or Dylan have another partner, other than you?
Jason met a wonderful lady at Starwood and struck up a bit of romance with her on our travels. He got her a job as a faerie with me and the puppet people at Vibes, and it was an absolute joy working with her. They had been hanging out for two festivals before she and I really connected and realized that we had known one another for like 6 years through the fire dancing community. She started fire dancing the same year I did. :) So funny because they met in Ohio but I know her from Maine…small world. They ended up really hitting it off. So much so that he took her to Burning Man and they have been gone for almost three weeks now having a blast. :P She is fine with our relationship and we get along wonderfully. :) Dylan doesn’t have another partner and has no desire for one, but doesn’t have any issue with me being with other people.
Anonymous asked: i'm so proud of you, Phoenix Floe! You are such an inspiration to me and others. Especially women like me who society tells to shave! I'm learning to accept myself and projecting that light to the universe so I can attract love from people who aren't scared of body hair!! You are so full of happiness and light! So lucky to have seen this blog! Thanks infinitely. xx
You are infinitely welcome! Thank you for the words of love and encouragement! Wishing you all the best!