How I Got High On Life

How I Got High On Life

How I got high on life and how you can too.
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Walking down the streets of Manhattan, I began to cry, not even thinking twice about what others would think. Grinning ear to ear, tears of gratitude and bliss filled my eyes, as I noticed the beauty of the world around me and the freedom I felt inside. I thought "This is it! I'm free! This is how we're meant to live!"

All of my life I had been living as a prisoner inside my own body and mind, and I finally found the key to open the gate which was within me the whole time. Unfortunately, four months later, I found myself imprisoned once again. I'm not saying I'm miserable now, in fact, quite the contrary. That being said, no words can describe the ecstasy and total bliss those four months gave me.

Four months of no worries, no stress, just a constant flow of the ultimate love, trust, and freedom. The craziest part was nothing in the world around me had changed, only what was inside. I even called my dad and said "Dad, don't freak out, but I feel like I'm high on life." That statement was followed by my father replying "Be careful.. What comes up, must come down...." Which was an expected response coming from him, though I would have much preferred "You're on the right track!" or "That's great!" Though I don't believe what my father said always applies, I may have to admit, he might have been a tiny bit right in that instance.

A few months after that phone call, I woke up in my bed, and felt my heart drop to the pit of my stomach. I sat up quickly and put my hand on my chest. My heart was pounding as I thought to myself "Oh no, oh no, oh no! I feel NORMAL!" It was such a contrast from what I had been previously experiencing, that the following month was followed by a deep state of depression because I was trying so hard to get back to that sense of pure bliss. I'm so grateful to have experienced a type of joy most people never do, but ever since then, I had been trying to get back to that undescribable place.

Last week, I was talking to my friend about that place I was trying to get back to. His response blew my mind though it was something I fundamentally knew I had to do. "You have to stop trying." He said matter of factly. It felt like a literal lightbulb had turned on in my head. I knew that's what I had to do because when there is no resistance, opposing forces, or trying, miracles happen. Planets move in perfect proximity to other planets, and plants bloom effortlessly when nature runs its course. It may not seem logical that when you stop trying, you get what you want, but it doesn't seem logical that water nourishes the planet from fluffy floating objects in the sky either.

How did I get so high on life? When reflecting back on how I got to that state, I realize I never really GOT there because it was always within me. I simply allowed myself to realize what was already there by chilling out, not caring about what others thought about me, or worrying about this or that. I didn't try, I just let myself be loved by the universe by being grateful for what was and excited for what will be, trusting fully in the support that life would bring to me.

Energy, universe, life force, God, whatever you want to call it, is the same energy that nature calls to it to blossom and evolve seamlessly. When you let go of the struggle and resistance, and allow yourself to align with that energy, you receive abundance, love, and happiness. I may not be where I once was, but I've made a tremendous amount of progress in my life, and at least I know what has to be done to allow myself to realize the love and abundance being offered to me, and am working on it every day. The best has yet to come.

Cover Image Credit: Brooke Lyn Landon

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Bailey Posted A Racist Tweet, But That Does NOT Mean She Deserves To Be Fat Shamed

As a certified racist, does she deserve to be fat shamed?
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This morning, I was scrolling though my phone, rotating between Instagram, Snapchat, YouTube and Snapchat again, ignoring everyone's snaps but going through all the Snapchat subscription stories before stumbling on a Daily Mail article that piqued my interest. The article was one about a teen, Bailey, who was bullied for her figure, as seen on the snap below and the text exchange between Bailey and her mother, in which she begged for a change of clothes because people were making fun of her and taking pictures.

Like all viral things, quickly after her text pictures and harassing snaps surfaced, people internet stalked her social media. But, after some digging, it was found that Bailey had tweeted some racist remark.

Now, some are saying that because Bailey was clearly racist, she is undeserving of empathy and deserves to be fat-shamed. But does she? All humans, no matter how we try, are prejudiced in one way or another. If you can honestly tell me that you treat everyone with an equal amount of respect after a brief first impression, regardless of the state of their physical hygiene or the words that come out of their mouth, either you're a liar, or you're actually God. Yes, she tweeted some racist stuff. But does that mean that all hate she receives in all aspects of her life are justified?

On the other hand, Bailey was racist. And what comes around goes around. There was one user on Twitter who pointed out that as a racist, Bailey was a bully herself. And, quite honestly, everyone loves the downfall of the bully. The moment the bullies' victims stop cowering from fear and discover that they, too, have claws is the moment when the onlookers turn the tables and start jeering the bully instead. This is the moment the bully completely and utterly breaks, feeling the pain of their victims for the first time, and for the victims, the bully's demise is satisfying to watch.

While we'd all like to believe that the ideal is somewhere in between, in a happy medium where her racism is penalized but she also gets sympathy for being fat shamed, the reality is that the ideal is to be entirely empathetic. Help her through her tough time, with no backlash.

Bullies bully to dominate and to feel powerful. If we tell her that she's undeserving of any good in life because she tweeted some racist stuff, she will feel stifled and insignificant and awful. Maybe she'll also want to make someone else to feel as awful as she did for some random physical characteristic she has. Maybe, we might dehumanize her to the point where we feel that she's undeserving of anything, and she might forget the preciousness of life. Either one of the outcomes is unpleasant and disturbing and will not promote healthy tendencies within a person.

Instead, we should make her feel supported. We all have bad traits about ourselves, but they shouldn't define us. Maybe, through this experience, she'll realize how it feels to be prejudiced against based off physical characteristics. After all, it is our lowest points, our most desperate points in life, that provide us with another perspective to use while evaluating the world and everyone in it.

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Let's Face It, Coconut Oil Should Be Called 'Super Oil' Because That's Exactly What It Is

I use coconut oil so much, it might as well be running through my veins.

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Since I was five, I remember my mom using coconut oil for almost everything! My hair, my skin, my food, you name it, my mom had a way to involve coconut oil. My dad, being in the government, had the opportunity of living in the southern parts of India, where coconut oil has massive significance. His friendship with the people down there ensured an endless supply of coconut oil, even when we moved back to the north.

Over the years, I have seen my family use coconut oil for so many things. How could I not share this valuable information with others?

1. In cooking!

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A lot of south Indian dishes see the use of coconut oil and not only for flavor. If used in moderation in terms of usage as a cooking oil, coconut oil can be very good for health. It increases the "good" HDL cholesterol levels in the body.

Some studies also show that it can aid weight loss!

2. For your skin!

Coconut oil is antibacterial, antifungal, and moisturizing. It has made my skin so much better! Simply using it as a moisturizer for all the dry areas is so helpful—from cracked lips to parched skin to annoying cuticles and dry feet, coconut oil makes your skin super soft! Mixing some crushed sugar in coconut oil makes a great scrub—one that exfoliates yet leaves your skin moisturized!

Coconut oil can also be used as a makeup remover, and it works like magic! Ditch those expensive makeup-remover wipes and buy yourself a bottle of virgin coconut oil!

It is also great as a shaving cream. It moisturizes the skin and allows blades to easily glide. It can be used for almost all body parts! In my opinion, coconut oil is so much better than any shaving cream I have ever used!

3. For your hair!

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Coconut oil has done wonders for my dry, damaged hair! It can be used as an alternative to harsh serums that are full of chemicals. Using coconut oil is a great way to tame frizz and nourish your hair with the much-needed oil that is washed away by shampoo. Applying coconut oil overnight deep-conditions your hair, leaving it silky smooth after a wash. It is also used to treat dandruff and aids hair growth!

Since I was a baby, my mom has used coconut oil as a detangler. It is extremely gentle and has no chemicals attached to it.

Coconut oil can also be used as a base for hair coloring.

4. For your teeth and more!

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Oil pulling! Also known as "kavala" or "gundusha," it is an Ayurvedic method of cleaning teeth. Just take one scoop of coconut oil and keep it in your mouth for 20-30 minutes. It sounds gross, but it has helped many people overcome bad breath and unhealthy gums. Before you try this, read a little more about it to make sure you get the best results!

Coconut oil has lauric acid, which has antiviral, antibacterial and antifungal properties. As a result, coconut oil can be used to fight infections. This is also why it is used in oil-pulling.

This property of coconut oil and its ability to cling to makeup particles is made use of in cleaning makeup brushes!

In case, I haven't mentioned this before, coconut oil works like magic for almost anything!

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