1. Marisse Gabrielle 6 years ago

    By the way, Dakota, is that a photo of you paddling off a waterfall?! Oh my gosh, that’s out of this world!!

  2. Marisse Gabrielle 6 years ago

    My mom. She passed away six years ago to the day, yesterday. She was such a beautiful, deep, spiritual, sensitive woman. Her heart was so big and she was everything to me. But she was also very flawed. She died from bile duct cancer, probably due to liver cirrhosis from her alcoholism. She struggled with addiction and depression in her later years (when I was 15-23) because of physical, emotional, and sexual abuse she faced as a child. She was raped by her father from the age 6 or 7 and I believe they carried on with an incestuous relationship till her teens. In many ways she was so weak, but in other ways she was so freaking strong. The holes she left in me when she died, I had to teach myself: How to be a woman, my strength, my authenticity, how to stand up, my worth, how to have a voice, and how to break through my family pathology. My god, I’ve learned so much from what she left me with. I’m still learning today – she’s left me with a lifetime of lessons. But I feel that our relationship is much healthier now and it’s definitely very alive. She’s in another realm, free of her human limitations, helping me in ways that she wasn’t able to when she was alive.

  3. Autumn 6 years ago

    Dr. Bob was my greatest teacher. He looked like Jerry Garcia and was from New York. He was my therapist. We talked about philosophy, mental perceptions, and he helped me to realize that I did not need to follow the path of a spiritual teacher like Buddha. He said to me, “Autumn who was Buddha before he became enlightened”. I replied, “he was Siddhartha”. He said that I needed to follow Autumn’s path just like Siddhartha followed his path to become the an enlightened Autumn. This was very liberating for me. He use to write Haiku’s and poetry. I miss him.

  4. Carol Sloan 6 years ago

    I would have to say that Stumpy has been my greatest teacher but then again I have had a lot of help from Mother Nature. Years ago when depression was at its darkest I learnt how to get some relief by going walking in the forest. She has also helped me learn news ways of coping with the world, finding the beauty in the smallest of things. With Stumpy I have learnt how to live my life again, how to be independant, how to find ways around things I could no longer do. Most of all Stumpy set me free to follow the path I was meant to walk.

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