Emily Jennings
Wellness & Oneness Writing | Ayurveda & Meditation Teacher | Single Mom | Spiritual Being | www.shaktimindfulawakening.com | IG: @shaktimindful


TRAVEL. SOUTH KOREA

Another tale of my adventures dating Korean men

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I used to live in Jeju Island, South Korea, and I dated a few Korean men there, usually very briefly. I’ve written about the two-day boyfriend who ghosted me and the taekwondo teacher who passed out in his vomit under a table at a bar, and if you’re asking whether these stories can get any crazier, the answer is yes. Yes, they can. And they’ve never ceased to entertain. Here’s yet another one for you.

Through a Korean friend, I was put in touch with some guy who had spent a year working in Australia and was back in Jeju…


I have met some of the most amazing women on this platform

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Although I wish I could do this more often with men, there are several instances with women on Medium when I’ve either said or thought, soul sisters! There’s a feeling I get when I know that this person understands me, though we’ve never met. Their words touch me deeply or they create a deep connection. This is not only the sign of a great writer, but it’s the spark of something really meaningful, and it’s the reason I stay on this platform.

There are five women who have jumpstarted my journey on Medium and been key players in my success…


The paradox of self-care: your self-care routine is actually killing you

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I hear about people’s “self-care” routines, and the term always makes me chuckle a little. Do you really think it does you any good to indulge for a day? My second article on Medium was about the paradox of self-care, and I’m back again with a new angle on the topic. If you throw yourself off balance and then try to regain that balance by eating junk food, slathering non-natural substances on your skin, drinking alcohol, and binge-watching TV, how is this not a recipe for disaster? What kind of care is this, anyway? …


Some tips for shifting your habits with Ayurveda that you can implement today

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Ayurveda is the five-thousand-year-old philosophy on living and health from India, and for me, it’s the ultimate holistic wellness guide. It has transformed my existence in many ways, and now I am on a journey toward becoming a certified Ayurveda instructor. I’m so excited to be able to share some subtle changes you can make to your life right now in order to live more fully and vibrantly.

Maybe you aren’t ready for a major change in your life habits, and maybe you’re basically healthy right now. Even so, you can make small changes to create happier days and a…


A true story about Jeju Island expats and their sense of privilege

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I used to be an expat in Jeju Island, South Korea, and I wasn’t in the cool crowd. We used to say that expat life there was pretty much like high school — except my actual high school didn’t have drama and cliques the way the expat community in Jeju did. One of the ways I excluded myself from the “cool people” was by active non-participation in breaking the law with petty acts of superiority. What am I talking about? …


A true story of the unexpected ways the world oppresses single parents

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A year ago, I never expected that I would be interested in psychic mediums, let alone that I would be a single parent trying to handle the logistics of attending a session with a psychic medium. But recently, I became very involved with the occult. Part of my spiritual growth has been to understand my family lineage and connect with the spirits of the dead. I recently connected deeply with a living cousin who is interested in our family history including our ancestor who was an astrologer to movie stars. Through discussion of spirituality and how it shows up in…


The benefits of waking up and give your digestion some fire with lemon

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How can you wake up your digestive system and get your stomach primed for the food of the day? By drinking a glass of lemon-infused water! This is a method used by ancient Ayurveda. It helps move nutrition through your system and avoid the buildup of toxins that might be produced if food sits in your stomach unable to be broken down.

A glass of water with a squeeze of lemon in it wakes up the digestive system with a little fire — particularly needed for Vata and Kapha types, who have less natural fire. Digestive fire is what is…


Stop trying to apply external forces to heal your inner misalignments

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As I study to become a holistic healer — a career I never saw coming even one year ago — I understand more every day that we are in charge of our own healing. Anything that ails us is manifesting from within. There’s a misalignment somewhere and patterns are shifted, creating effects that we (in modern society) only notice when they produce effects in the physical parts of us. When this happens, the human experiencing it often turns to quick fixes, temporary relief, and hacks.

I’m here to argue that this is not the way to true health. …


The North American animals that have crossed my path and the messages that most of us ignore

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This past year has truly been a dance between the events of my life and the nature around me. Now, I finally understand that they are not separate things. I’ve learned to read signs from the universe, and a big part of that journey has been the appearance of wild animals in my path. Since I was a child, I’ve always thought that the arrival of crows in my life has coincided with big events, and their behavior is foretelling. …

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