Last year, I was a stable lady with her own apartment and ever-growing collection of stuff.
After a few months, I started to feel the possessions literally weighing me down, as I worried how to take care of them or store them.
More and more, I’m hearing reports that the more people own, the less happy they are. Inversely, the more zen and minimalist people are, they happier they seem to be.
Sure enough, when I can look into a closet and admire all my worldly possessions in one glance, I feel a lightness and a freedom that I imagine birds to be very familiar with. Birds, who travel thousands of miles a year to spend time in their different homes.
After almost a decade of being a part-time gypsy, here’s how I do it, in alphabetical order.
Over the years, I’ve always struggled with packing up my altar helter-skelter, jabbing crystals in nooks and seashells in pockets.
Lately, I had a breakthrough when I came across a lovely card box that could easily house all my precious, symbolic objects.
Nothing centers me more than spending time gazing at my own altar.
And there is no time that I need to center and focus more than when I’m traveling.
To give you ideas for your own altar to-go, my altar features a picture of the goddess Aphrodite on the top of the box. Inside the box, I keep a piece of chrysacolla gemstone, a poetic card from my loved one, sage and paula santo for smudging, and some all-purpose quartz. These are tools I use to hone in on the divine and heal my energetic field. When I need to travel, all I have to do is pop the lid back on the box and stash it.
Let’s admit it: many of us have old clothes we’re clinging to. At the same time many of us feel the need to “update” our closets constantly with new fashions.
Yet all I really need in this world are a good jacket, few shirts, a couple of pants, a couple of dresses, a handful of under-garments, a half-dozen socks, and I’m good. That usually makes half a laundry-load a week, which can easily assimilate into someone else’s laundry system.
If a piece of clothing wears out, I replace it. This way, I only keep the items I LOVE, they stay fresh-and-vogue, and I have an excuse to wear them almost all the time.
I find this more fun than having dozens of options of mediocre clothes to choose from in a closet.
I own just a few books at the moment. I find books on other people’s shelves wherever I go, and there’s usually one they can part with if I need one to travel with. There will be a time in my life where my own little library will have a chance to flourish. In the meantime, I am an active agent in keeping good books circulating, as I believe all great information and stories should.
How do I travel with a laptop? After touring several times with one, I ditched the robot and now have nothing but my phone.
The truth is, there always seem to be computers around for the little tasks I need to do. They’re usually slow clunkers, but they get the job done.
Also, in Europe, there are plenty of internet cafes where you can pay a small fee to do all the needful online activities.
Honestly, most of my time online is spent on trolling social media, so I find it relaxing for my mind not having a laptop/macbook/tablet/gadget at all times.
Recently, a friend asked me how to avoid exposure to toxins in an increasingly toxic world. These tips are especially important for us ladies, who have the highest standards for beauty and cleanliness, yet the greatest sensitivity to toxins via our precious reproductive system. These products I mention are actually life-savers!
Through my extreme sensitivity to modern substances, I have been on quite a journey that has led me to some great, light-weight products I’d like to share.
Shampoo Bar: This is one of my most exciting discoveries. Unlike bulky shampoos and conditioner bottles that can spill open in your luggage or get confiscated at the airport, this is a dry bar, identical to a bar of hand-soap. Unlike even the most “natural” hair products, which still contain a long list of dubious ingredients, the bar of shampoo can have as few as three, identifiable ingredients. It rubs onto your scalp and creates a lovely, low-toxin lather. It’s base is a combination of oils, so I can sometimes skip conditioner completely, making it the IDEAL cleaner for a traveling head of hair.
Sea-Sponge Tampon: You read that right. Men, I encourage you to keep reading. I also encourage everyone to spread the word about this option.
It turns out the ocean, Earth’s metaphorical “womb,” has manufactured a plentiful, all-natural alternative to tampons. Tampons, if left in the body too long, create TOXIC shock, so you can imagine the risk of using these over a lifetime. On the other hand, I present to you a small, soft, oceanic option.
Two sea-sponge can be bought for $12-20 at most large natural food stores. As a budget option, I once bought a large sea-sponge for $2 and trimmed it down into two tampons. The beauty of these tampons is that they last for a year. The only down-side for some is that you have to get rather up-close-and-personal with your sponge, as it requires hand-washing it in a sink or with a water-bottle in nature. It only takes a minute to wash, and then easily slides back in. One of my favorite aspects is that the sea sponge actually feels like the walls of the vagina, so it literally fits right in. I know many people are familiar with the diva cup, but I could never wrestle on in, and even though I probably could now, I’m totally satisfied with my soft, absorbent little sea creature.
Soap Nuts: Okay, giggle if you must. Now, may I introduce a marvelous invention straight from mother earth. I bought a box of these for about $8, and it will last for 100 loads of laundry. The product is much like it sounds: these flexible, soapy tree nuts go into a small cotton bag which gets tossed into your laundry. Again, these are easy to travel with and for me, ensure that I don’t have to be exposed to the gamut of crazy, unlisted laundry detergent ingredients, especially “fragrance,” which has the power to meddle with the gender of your unborn children. Yeah, spooky. So try out these innocent little nuts.
A Word from the Gaia Pulpit on Eco-Friendly Toiletries
So there’s an introduction to my favorite natural options for staying clean. By now, you probably have guessed I’m a bit of a hippy. I prefer eau naturale to deathly beauty. None of these options are especially fragrant, but I’d rather smell natural than synthetic.
In the end, my friend who asked about avoiding toxicity wasn’t interested in my all-natural alternatives. She settled for the more spiritual answer, which was to stay stress-free and loving.
That’s a great conclusion to come to, for sure.
But I believe intention combined with action is a more powerful option in today’s increasingly poisonous environment.
Can you really keep low-stress-levels and love in your heart, as reports of water quality go down and aquatic death tolls rise?
Our small actions DO effect the web of life in ways we can’t always see.
We HAVE to connect the dots and realize that a city of a million people using slightly toxic toiletries every day impacts not only human health but the health of the Earth’s ecosystems.
Similarly, a return to simpler products will impact you, your unborn children, and the other life-forms that mutually support yours.
Do it for our the lovely little eggs in our ovaries. For God’s sake– think of the wee little spermies!