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5 Days of Meditation: Day 4 – Calmness During Corona

A few months ago, heck, even a few weeks ago, I thought news of the Coronavirus would blow over in the same way that so many attention-seeking stories do. Little did I realize that what I thought was the peak of the pandemic was only just the beginning. 

Borders are closing, entire cities are shutting down, and global tension is on the rise. A screenwriter couldn’t have crafted a more cinematic experience. A great script for the movies, maybe, but certainly not the best for mental health.

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5 Days of Meditation: Day 3 – A Beach Walk

After running some errands this morning, I decided to walk home along the beach. The island here (Koh Tao) is quiet, with tourists returning home to be with their families and take care of themselves as the Coronavirus continues to spread around the world. It was just me and the ocean as the sun began to rise higher into the sky.

Along my stroll I stumbled across a wooden swing that overlooked the water. Solitary and tranquil, it was beckoning me to sit and stay for a while. Of course, I obliged. 

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5 Days of Meditation: Day 2 – Self Love

Today left me feeling worse than yesterday, in terms of health at least. I didn’t sleep that well last night and am definitely not feeling 100 percent. I just took a fat cat nap, which almost persuaded me to remain on my couch and miss work. There are worse things that could happen…

On the flip side, the view from my current seat is one that I wouldn’t trade for the world. The sun is glistening off a turquoise sea, waters lulled and tranquil from the lack of boats. Cicadas and the soft lapping of waves on the sand cradle my mind with sounds of island ease. 

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5 Days of Meditation: Day 1 – Immunity Boost

Today was not great for me. My head has been in a bit of a haze for the past few days, and my dive ended terribly. With a small but decently impactful injury (don’t worry Mom and Dad, I’m still healthy), I’m going to have to take a solid week or two out of the water. To make it worse, I just ordered a new pair of fins, so they will be taunting me from the confines of their shiny new box.

By the middle of the afternoon, I seemed as if I just couldn’t shake this downer of a feeling. I tried writing about it, talking it out, but that heaviness was still there, sitting on my chest with a firm stubbornness many of us know all too well. 

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‘Social Isolation’: Turning Negativity into an Opportunity for Self-Discovery

In the current pandemonium that the entire world knows as Coronavirus, much of the population is facing a bit of a crisis (other than a potentially fatal flu): What should I do with all of my spare time since we’re being pushed into isolation? 

Now, as society seems to be traversing a tightrope, people are being forced into the physical confines of their homes and the mental confines of their minds. It’s a scary thing, to be alone with ourselves. Most of us are never really alone, surrounded by the buzzing noises of social media, as well as the presence of friends and family. 

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How I Afford to Live Abroad in Thailand

Money’s always a bit of a sensitive topic. We’re nervous to bring it up and then when the discussion finally happens, it turns into a ballet dance on a withering sheet of ice so as to avoid insult or offence.

I’ve had a few people ask me, not without uncomfortable pause before, about how exactly I’m paying for all of my travels and life abroad – what with being a broke Millenial crushed by college loans. 

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My Floating Peace

I wrote this little snippet while sitting on the night ferry, leaving Koh Tao for a quick visa run.

The night is young, stars awakening in the dimming daylight overhead. The evening air whispers promises of potential in my ears and grazes my skin with traces of what can only remind me of the ocean. So sweet are the moments between now and next which we often take for granted. Linger in the present. Stay a little while longer. 

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What I Learned While Watching the Sun Set in Koh Tao

There are a lot of things I’ve wanted to write about recently: freediving, Thailand, living abroad, food, making a living. I’ve also been trying to find my viewpoint on all of these things, too. It’s one thing to have a thought or an idea, but another one entirely to be able to share it with others.

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The Spins

My mind is spinning just like the fan above my head: tirelessly, noisily, infinitely. It continues in circles forever and I wonder if we are just doing the same thing. We circle to and from our jobs, our homes filled with things that will leave us when we die, places that will forget us as soon as we are gone. Time is continuously extending but our moment to exist in this universe is only fleeting.

To a butterfly we exist for centuries, yet to a tree whose roots extend hundreds of years into the dirt or to a river that has carved canyons, we are gone with the next sunset. We come and go with the start and end of each day, today melting into tomorrow.

With this in mind, I long to know: is it then just a matter of perspective? Is our perception of time or value or worth purely personal, or is there some greater purpose we have yet to grasp? Can I make this day just as important as any other?

These questions, these unrelenting inquiries, whir in my mind like the continuous hum of the fan. There is no off switch, no toggle to stop, just the continuous, unphasable force that is time.

me posing for a picture with some of the girls from the orphanage
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October 13, 2019: Sophie’s India

This entry is quite a long one, but one that makes me smile whenever I read it. My time in India was jam packed, so every entry during that time spans a few days. To summarize, Aunt Jayne and I were staying at the Michael Job Center in India, where Christian girls, most of whom are orphans, are taken in and given housing and an education. They are incredible, bright, kind girls and I wanted to spend as much time getting to know and help them as possible. I’ll never be able to thank my Aunt Jayne enough for bringing me on this trip!

Wow, wow, wow! What an incredible, busy, crazy few days! I don’t even know where to begin so I’m just going to throw random things down as they come to me. 

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