They might be things that make people ask you, "What are/were you THINKING?!" I've heard plenty of questions along those lines. My reply is always this: "I wasn't/I'm not THINKING...I was/am LISTENING...to my gut...it's always right."
And so it was that I spent 2 1/2 weeks in Brazil this month. I did a lot of yoga and running and exploring solo. I made some connections for the sake of legalizing HEMP. I spent some time on beautiful beaches and floated on the warmest salt water I have ever had the pleasure to be immersed in. I spent time with a beautiful, amazing family, people I love who are now my adopted familia Brasiliera. I ate in cafes and tried new food. I had my share of Caipirinhas. And I ended up with a lot more time alone than I planned, and that was a blessing, too; I did a lot, as one of my friends said, of dating Eva again. That is, I had fun. I asked questions of myself--some of them uncomfortable and prying. I laughed. I cried. I questioned. I smiled.
Anyone who knows me knows that I'm a very spiritual person. That night, I opened myself to signs and synchronicities, indications that I'm on the right path in my life. Here's the thing... My sons are 18 and 21 and doing amazing things with their own educations and passions and creating beautiful careers. I homeschooled them through high school. I write. I act. I model. I work in the HEMP world. I've only worked a 9-5 about 18 months out of my whole life.
Frankly, I can do whatever the hell I want to do at this point. And what I want to do is all things HEMP. My fellow hempsters and I are picking up some serious momentum with our plans and like-minded mission. More on that later...
The next day after this call for signs and synchronicities, I do yoga and I run back home, taking the same path I have taken for days. I've tread the same route--to and from--at least 10 times. Plodding along, I think of the exact words of my prayer/meditation the night before. For some reason, I look down and to my right at that very moment, and there it is...this little plant in the photo above, growing right there next to a telephone pole in a residential area. I had never seen it before.
Now I don't know if that little thing was hemp or MJ. Most of you probably know that hemp and cannabis are different varieties of the same species of plant. You can get high off of cannabis, not hemp. Industrial hemp is used to make hundreds of environmentally sustainable products--clothing, textiles, paper, concrete/adobe, foods, etc. It can restore health and, literally, our environment.
Anyway, in that moment, it didn't really matter to me whether it was hemp or MJ. It was the sign/synchronicity I had asked for and manifested. I stopped in my tracks. I smiled. I think I even laughed out loud.
On the right path? A resounding YES... LISTENING to my gut has gotten me this far. I'm gonna stick with a good thing, carry on with my fellow hempsters, and work to increase our ranks and the number of people who benefit from our work.