In vain have you
if you have not
imparted it to others.
As I look out my apartment window at Prospect Park, I’m reminded of one of my favorite pastimes: long walks in nature with friends, sharing knowledge, opinions, advice, and good vibes. It’s in that same spirit that I decided to start a blog to take those enlightening conversations to this global, binary environment that is the internet.
My Origin Story
The first 18 years of my life could best be described as controlled chaos. Like many people, I lived unconsciously, scrambling for happiness, and suppressing any urge I had to be “sensitive”. At least that was my cultural programming. The boys get “toughen up” and the girls get “don’t be so rough”. My mentality growing up was externally focused and extremely individualistic. It wasn’t until a difficult breakup that I was redirected inward and got to meet the real me for the first time.
Like many New Age types that I know, it was a book/movie called The Secret that opened my mind to a different way of thinking. In The Secret, they talk about how you are the creator of your reality and all of its highs and lows. This gave me a new sense of empowerment over my life and a feeling of connection with everything in the universe. From there my obsessive personality drove me deep into a world of thought that was a total departure from the mainstream. I was lead to spiritual teachers like Mooji, Paramhansa Yogananda, and Eckhart Tolle. Daily meditation and contemplation began soon after where I would ponder the nature of reality and what the purpose was of this thing we call life.
A Hippy Grows In Brooklyn
My journey in spirituality is going on a decade now, but about half way through is when I moved to Brooklyn to start a career as a music producer. While living here I have met tons of interesting people and gained many more points of view. At that point in my spirit quest, I was totally enthralled with positive thinking and non-attachment/desire. But about 3 years after I moved here I started dating my partner Tugce who taught me to embrace the dark side of our humanity. That sounds much more sinister than it really is. She had been practicing the other less discussed side of spirituality which focuses on validating old wounds, or shadows, in order to move through them. It was at this point that my spiritual perspective was complete and I could work on myself in a holistic way: focusing on the darkness and the light that exists in all of us.
So what is Brooklyn Hippy? Is it a hipster thing or some kind of Age of Aquarius dancing around type of stuff?
Somewhere in the middle, I guess?
Simply, Brooklyn Hippy is my way of sharing things that make me happy with a focus on all that encompasses living a New Age lifestyle in Brooklyn.
Great, another term… what is New Age? It can be defined an infinite number of ways (I’ve heard at least half), but the dictionary defines it as a broad movement characterized by alternative approaches to traditional Western culture, with an interest in spirituality, mysticism, holism, and environmentalism. I’ll go with that and leave the rest of the interpretation to you.
Some things you can expect to read/see in this blog are:
*articles about starting a meditation practice, and advice columns for your spirit,
*informative posts on lucid dreaming and healing foods/herbs for your mind,
*fitness advice and delicious recipes for your health,
*and reviews about fun/interesting things to do and see in Brooklyn to enhance your earthly experience
With that being said, I hope you find something here that helps you expand your current state of mind and brings your life happiness.
Love and Light,