Day 1 Island: Saint Lucia Nickname: Helen of the West Indies Local Beer: Piton – after the twin peaks What I liked most: the topography, villages and the general atmosphere which is very similar to Grenada; only more developed. PITONS … Continue reading →
The Clabony Sulphur Springs is tucked away in the hills of Byelands St Andrew which is also the source of the Clabony bottled water. Getting to the springs is a short 2 minute walk from the main dirt road and 10 minutes away from the Footprint air bnb hut perfect for a getaway from the hustle and bustle; totally off the grid.
A soap in the spring is the ideal way to kick back and rejuvenate in the most natural and simplistic way.
Natural spring – water is warmer and bubbly. *Orange colour on the stones is sulphur.
Did you know that in Grenada within the last year over 500 children were infected with STDs as a result of child sexual abuse? A staggering number for such a small nation which makes it even more devastating. There is very little distinction lately between mother and child (babies are making babies) which results in lack of good judgment and guidance (eg. mothers/guardians of victims are in-denial) Continue reading →
Love is an untamed force. When we try to control it, it destroys us. When we try to imprison it, it enslaves us. When we try to understand it, it leaves us feeling lost and confused.
After all, what is happiness? Love, they tell me. But love doesn’t bring and never has brought happiness. On the contrary, it’s a constant state of anxiety, a battlefield; it’s sleepless nights, asking ourselves all the time if we’re doing the right thing. Real love is composed of ecstasy and agony.
Time is the master of all things. It gives us the opportunity to reflect, to reason, to learn, to love, to create, to explore…..We have the freedom to explore no man’s land called philosophy. We are posed with so many questions and when we think we’ve found an answer, it leads to another question and so on. What do we really know if we learn every day? Knowledge is continuous and so we must revel in the mystery of the unknown. Take heed to the signs from the universe and know that everything happens it its time. If everything happened today, there would be no need for tomorrow. Take everything day by day, use our time wisely, for time lost can never be regained. Life is precious so we must look forward to making the best of each day.
Patience is indeed a virtue and so it requires humbleness.
I love my heart enough to allow it to love freely when it wants and who it wants, even from a distance. And dismiss those who has taken it for granted. How can you not cherish or tend to your heart’s needs? It is the engine for your existence in this dimension.
In this journey called life, we are constantly being tested by the challenges we face everyday. The way in which we cope with the obstacles that we encounter builds character, and so we cannot allow the pain and rage define who we are. We must not be products of our circumstances! When we accumulate the burdens of our past we get trapped by them which in turn hinders our growth, and so our happiness is at stake.
We have ridiculous ideologies of what life should be and unrealistic expectations which makes us forget that we are human and so we are flawed. And although everything happens for a reason; part of the grand design, we have control over the choices we make.
In some cases the reasons behind the pain and rage are well founded but the support system is absent, not everyone can find the strength within them to overcome. In other instances we play the game of deflection; blame everyone else and not take responsibility for our actions.
The solution lies with spending time with yourself. Go on a spiritual journey; withdraw into the company of your thoughts; challenge your mind to explore depths of consciousness; hew and hack away at oneself; shed the many layers of your soul until you get to that point of recognition and acceptance. Then when you know what you want from life, set your goals and how you intend to achieve them.
It’s not expected that one is going to be automatically rid of their troubles, however, it’s critical to find a medium to channel all your emotions into something positive. This is best done by finding a cause you care deeply about and devoting your time, touching the lives of others I believe brings clarity and makes you more appreciative of life. We must always look forward and keep a positive mind.
Give yourself closure. If your mind is still at war with things of the past, you still live there. To grow you must let go.
In recent times the public fascination with homosexuality be it in support or against has intensified. Although the lifestyle has been around for centuries, the discovery of HIV/AIDS and their openness have made them a target. Continue reading →
I no longer tolerate the presence of those who don’t have my best interest at heart.
People who exude negative energy have no place in my life as they inhibit my growth.
I no longer conform to the ways of society in order to be accepted and/or validated. Through my spiritual journey I have realized that I should only be concerned with things that make me happy. It’s my life and I am the ruler of my destiny!
I have no tolerance for those who have no appreciation for nature and seek to destroy it.
I believe in a world of diversity; no one culture is superior to another. Arguments that are biased and simply lack logic enrages me.
I refrain from socialising with educated fools, and those who suffer from sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity irritate me.
I do not get along with those who are selfish and lack empathy. I believe in the power of love.
I have realized that patience is a treasured virtue and I refuse to waste it on things that don’t deserve the little i do have.
I have reached a point in my life where I’m learning to let go of the things that displeases me and accept the things I cannot change.
We constantly take for granted our many blessings, but people like Fred reminds us of how fortunate we are and it’s ever so humbling. Amanda and others who devote their time in helping others gives me hope. Thank You!
This past May I had a coworker approach me and share with me a story about a young boy she had known for years named Fred. She told me this little one was born with two leg abnormalities and that both he and his family have faced many challenges and obstacles because of his disability. A week later my coworker Clarice and I hopped in the car and headed to his home. His lived about 10-15 minutes from HFLM. The ride to his house is gorgeous, endless green hills and crops being grown all along the way. We parked the car and started walking up hill through the tall grasses. I followed behind Clarice with my backpack on. I remember thinking, “How amazing is this life?” It was a gorgeous day, sun shining, green hills all surrounding us. A few minutes later, we arrived. I met his mother, then his…
Today we celebrate the 70th Earthstrong of a LIVING Legend, and I say living because his legacy lives on and will grow stronger with generations to come. He was a man who used music, with his simple yet profound lyrics to make a difference in the lives of so many people. Jah knows his music has gotten me through some rough days! He wasn’t a perfect man or an educated man but he was however a selfless man who believed his purpose was to serve the people. A true soul rebel. In commemoration of his big 7-0, the Grammy Museum has dedicated February 6th Bob Marley Day.
For the week-long celebration, I dedicated some of my personal favorite songs for each day.
Many people associate Africa, the Motherland with extreme poverty, oppression and calamity but what they fail to see is the inter-connectedness among the people of the various tribes. That bond they share shows us what resilience is, self reliance, the power of a strong intellect and the insignificance of worldly things. Continue reading →