This particular gloomy morning upon returning from an adventure I have been thinking about how "Feelings" are one of the most powerful and influential things on earth......
They shape our perspective, perception, experiences - emotional, mental, even spiritual state..... how we relate to others and how our emotional and logical aspects of our identity are influenced.......
Even the way we communicate is often dictated by feelings - How we choose to say things - and the way it is received......
What is it that creates feelings? Learned behaviors? Patterns? Associations? Prior experiences? - I'm sure a book on phycology could explain why...... however this particular gloomy morning I preferred to sit and ponder the meaning of feelings and philosophy behind them rather than the actual neurological backed cause……
So how dow we create these so called “feelings?” -
For me the feeling I get before a trip is usually elated, heightened and happy, It is one of the best feelings in the world….. I am the sort of person who is constantly craving adventure - thriving in situations where I am forced to live out of a suitcase in strange lands..... trying weird food .......... Seeing things I never dreamed of...........
This has been an aspect of my personality since early childhood - so I began to wonder if personality can influence the feelings we have prior to experiences....... yet experiences influence personality don't they? As does environment…..
This particular year - I have already seen so many patterns and parts of myself that have been locked away or changed based on the environments or cirucmstances I have lived in - It has been shocking…… (especially since we are only a few weeks into the new year)
How do we create change………. Could there be a key within the idea of feelings to unlock the depths of our emotional and mental potential?
I am not a doctor …… I am an artist ……… so although I don’t currently posses any of the answers to these questions what I have decided to do is hopefully create a feeling of connection…… a feeling of hope……. And a feeling of light within our world…………. Or at least hopefully inspire you to think about something new…..
I can only share things from my perception ……….. what value it has is up to you.........
In the moment of this photograph I was filled with such intense joy that I wanted to dance - for no reason in the middle of the street............
If I could - I would share that feeling with the world ....
instead the photograph will just have to do........
Your bohemian Girl Next Door
- Kirra Moon
Who do you want to be?
Who are you? - What do you wan to learn? How have you changed?
2020 Here I come!
In my life Traveling has always been a breath of fresh air. I constantly crave adventure and thrive in suitcase situations. Traveling is one of the quickest ways to grow both mentality and spiritually as it provides moments of challenge and opportunities to to change.
Throughout this Blog I have talked about how when I travel I feel Free......
Seeing the world has always been a dream of mine and I have been lucky enough to have multiple opportunities to explore this crazy blue planet - and am excited share them with all of you!
Planes, Trains, Busses, Boats, Mistakes included - I hope your are brave tough to step up and step out of your comfort zone (or time zone) whenever the right opportunities present themselves.
You are beautiful - You are brave.
May this year hold whatever it is you are hoping for this year......
Career Goals..... Travel Goals..... Life Goals.......
Maybe even Love?
_ Your Bohemian Girl Next Door -
- Kirra Moon
Have you ever had something you avoided because you were afraid to even try?
For a long time thats how I felt about driving! Isn't it funny how something so simple for everyone else can still feel like a challenge to you? Still I have learned it life its better to step up to the plate (or wheel in this case) rather than run away. You never know you might not only overcome your fear, and learn a new skill, But also have a lot of fun on the adventure of it. (Like I did) Be brave. I believe in you.
_ Your Bohemian Girl Next Door _
Things I am going to TRY:
Learning a Language
Have you ever dreamed about a spider and than not been able to sleep because you couldn't stop wondering if there really was one in your apartment?
Thats exactly what happened to me tonight! It may sound silly but spiders are often considered a symbol of the Devine feminine, connection to the universe, and creation........
Hopefully the spider in my dream was helping me to connect - I would rather a dream spider than find a real one! (I always try to put them outside/ have saved them on sets) Just because your afraid..... I believe in compassion for yourself and even for spiders.....
The other dream I had was about bouncing on the moon..... However that may have been because my dear friend and I ran away from the city lights last night and went to to one of my very favorite places on earth.... The Ocean!
I love watching light glitter on the waves - while deeper conversations come to light ........ - Im never certain why the ocean brings the truth out of us ....... perhaps because it is so vastly beautiful........ the cleansing salt stained shores glittering with starlight - when I am near the ocean I always feel truly healed........ We stayed watching the Ferris wheel and laughing...... Our teeth chattering but all that mattered was watching the moon melt into the morning sun.....
Do you remember your dreams? What do you dream about?
Is there a place that makes you feel healed? How often do you go there?
Let me know!
_ The BohemianGirl Next Door _
An adventure doesn't have to be selling everything and moving across the country with a suitcase, Or deciding to pack up and travel the world......An adventure really can be as simple as going to the Grocery Store and finding a weird fruit to try, or visiting a public garden/ Library. The most important people in my life are the ones who truly enjoy almost every day and understand how lucky we are to wake up every morning.
Life is all about experiences........ It doesn't matter if your flying first class, Or sleeping in a van, Every person has a story and deserves to be heard. There are a million ways to explore the world even if you can't leave your bed.......
We are so lucky that we have access to books, the internet, research,.............. we have so much capability to be able to learn something every day. (however big or small)
If you find something that interests you I highly encourage you to take some time to learn about it - even If it seems silly - and feel free to let me know what you learned! (I have a contact form and love hearing about all the cool things you have discovered recently)
- Kirra Moon
You never really know what people have experienced. You only have your experience of them in that moment
We all have endured some kinds of pain in our lives as we have grown up and although some pain is not comparable to others - it is very real to the person who lived through it. As I used to say to one of my Acting Coaches "A paper cut in a burn unit is still a cut"
You can't judge someone else for their past - You also can't heal it for them, And although I don't think you should ever ignore patterns or negative behaviors that actively affect you There is so much beauty in seeing someones pain and loving them despite of it. We all have a desire to be seen. We all have a desire to be loved. We all seek human connection.. Their is so much value in the people that allow you to be the entirety of yourself. Beautiful, Complex, Wild, and whatever other adjectives describe all the pieces that make you who you truly are.
I believe anyone can genuinely change - It's just that people seldom want too.
be a light and guide the way.
The creative process requires so much "trust" - it is the definition of falling into the unknown and relinquishing all control or attachment to any specific outcome. We surrender to our creativity - knowing the we must remain present in the moment regardless of the eventual outcome.
As I have slowly transformed into an adult I have struggled with the idea of "trust." Mainly due to the past heartaches and scars that come with growing up. It has taken a lot of work to return to a place of being able to love and leap with arms wide open. I choose to trust people, to trust my creativity, to trust the process, and to trust my choices every day even when its difficult.
It's not always easy to choose to trust someone/ something but I believe it is always worth the risk.
In Life I often find myself craving adventure.
Theres nothing wrong staying still ......
However there is something about the feeling of stepping onto an airplane that sets my soul on fire....
It's the same feeling I get when I am lucky enough to perform or create art.
The idea of going somewhere new thrills me. The Ideas I could have..... The people I could meet..... The places I could go, Things I could see. Traveling allows me to "let go."
I spent a lot of my life attempting to be "Normal" or to "fit in." Ironically I have now realized the people who made me believe I needed to be like everyone else in order to succeed were afraid of me surpassing them. Nothing in life is a competition Everything is individual and success is only defined by your own personal value system. It is easier to limit yourself because being rejected hurts less.. We crave human connection and our Ego's dislike being told we aren't enough.
I have a feeling 2020 is going to be a year full of surprises.
It might just be the kind of year we can be our weird, wild, most creative selves.
- The Bohemian Girl Next Door-
Make a list of what makes you feel alive and lets you be unapologetically yourself:
I am the kind of person who Likes Coffee in the morning, Green Tea in the Afternoon. I light Candles for no reason at all and roll down grassy hills. I have a fondness for Cafes. I love nature, I love to travel. Sometimes I wear headphones when I'm feeling shy - It makes the world seem like I have my own little bubble.
Sometimes when I travel I put on more makeup than I need just for the extra time in the bathroom. I was a competitive swimmer in Highschool but I always hated racing. I just loved to swim. In college I used to stay in the performance rehearsal rooms until they kicked me out at night.
Sometimes I have trouble sleeping.... Other times I sleep too much. I have always felt like home was in a notebook, and a willingness to leap into the unknown.
I wish on stars all the time.... and dandelions.
It's not that Wishing really gets you anywhere but in that moment you truly believe in something with all your heart.
I think dreams keep us alive but its up to us to make our dreams into reality.......
In my spare time I read a lot. Growing up I loved Fairy Tales.... I still do.
Happiness comes from within. We create it. Whats right for you doesn't have to make sense to anyone else. When I love someone I love them with every atom of my being.
Sometimes Love doesn't last. There are so many various Forms. I think we feel the most when we are heartbroken and even though people let you down. The most important people in your life are the people you can tell good news too. I believe in magic. I believe in Miracles, and I believe in you.
- The Bohemian Girl Next Door-
- I LOVE TRAVELING
don't you? When I get my choice of seat I always opt to take a window over anything else - (Isles can also be nice) Than I annoy everyone by not shutting the window the entire flight. There is very little point to a window seat if you aren't looking out into the endless sky..... the abyss of possibilities and adventures......
When I do get to travel I have learned taking time for "self care" when I return home is imperative to my wellbeing. Oftentimes I have to remind myself to take a day to slow down, Meditate, and reground myself so I can be ready for all of the exciting things that lay ahead. - Otherwise I can find myself feeling as though I am spinning.
Do you love to Travel? Which Seat do you choose? - If you could go anywhere in the world right now where would it be and why? I want to go to Bali, Japan, and New Zealand at the moment. But it changes constantly with my mood.............. What cities have you never seen? When you close your eyes can you imagine all the people you have never met? Food you haven't tasted, Sights you haven't seen? A daydream can often times be almost as good as the real thing....... or at least inspire you to start dreaming..................
Kirra Moon is from a small town in Northern California. She believes that art is an important way to show appreciation for our planet. She values the ability to feel emotions deeply because they can be the catalyst for change. Kirra received a diploma from the North Coast Preparatory Performing Arts Academy with an additional IB artist diploma before choosing to study theatre in New York and Los Angeles. She received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from The American Musical Dramatic Academy and continues to explore the creative process. Two phrases that best describe her are “forever free” and “ a la mode.”