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ODE TO OAKLAND

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THERE’S NO PLACE LIKE HOME...ODE TO OAKLAND.

After 2.5 years on the road less traveled, this free bird is ready to rest her wings. I've been in deep prayer for a sacred space, a sanctuary to come home to and those prayers have been answered!!!

It's a freaking MIRACLE. I'm OVERJOYED, GRATEFUL, BLESSED to have met Darrell Jones III, a fellow seeker on the path, and to be moving into his ZenDen Sanctuary in Oakland while he continues to journey.

What a cathartic moment. After all my seeking, exploring 10 countries, staying in over 150 places, I don’t need to travel anymore (though I still will some!) because I found the place I was looking for…home.

Coming back, I now know that home isn’t a single physical space, it’s an eternal place in the heart. The bridge between worlds - the cathedral of the soul.

And over the past two years, I’ve been going through a purification process which has been fucking bruta-ful (beautiful + brutal) to say the least.

But no mud no lotus. No rose without thorn.

And now I am experiencing so much grace, feeling how good it is to finally come home ❤

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WHY OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA?

Why the Bay Area? It’s soooo expensive, isn’t it? Haha, well short answer, yes! But why?

Because people want to be here. Because despite it’s high cost of living and fast pace of life, people feel a deep sense of belonging.

Though it’s not perfect by any means, this is a place that celebrates difference. Though much of the culture is threatened by gentrification, displacement, and mental/emotional illness, it is also ripe with diversity, creativity, and vibrance.

Oakland is a place of progress that inspires me. It’s a place where people are marching daily. It's a place with soul.

And the symbolism of the 🌳 Mighty Oak 🌳 is no mistake. The Oak tree is one of the most beloved trees in the world, and with good reason. It's a symbol of strength, morale, resistance and knowledge. The oak is considered a cosmic storehouse of wisdom embodied in its towering strength.

With that, I got a 2 bedroom spot in the heart of the city near Lake Merritt with LOTS OF SPACE. So come through! And if you live in the YAY AREA, expect an invite for a House Warming and future gatherings at the “ZenDen Lotus Pad” soon.

Beyond that, I would love to see you, reconnect with you and be a part of this community again.

Thank you for all of your support. It's so good to be home!

With gratitude,
Kelsey Lotus Wong

#cominghome #heroinesjourney #oakland #oaklandish #thatlakelife#yearofdivinelove

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AN ODE TO HOME

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28 years ago today, I was born in Tucson, Arizona, U.S.A. to Audrey and Justin Wong.

A little soul, beautiful, clear, and as pure as could be. Bravely journeying forward from the comfortable safe waters of my mother’s womb into this bright sterile place they call a hospital feeling a little lost-pital, the first door into a world of unknown.

A baby lotus bud, born without expectation. Loved without condition. Accepted fully, received completely, given everything my parents could possibly give.

There is no greater gift than the gift of life and even if I carried my parents on my back for the rest of my days I could never fully repay them. 

Upon receiving such a remarkable gift the next question is, what do you do with it?

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I believe that your life’s journey represents how you carry that gift.  

Life has been generous and my path has propelled me forward into a new world of traveling, healing, and expanding in Southeast Asia. It has been three months of growth, challenge, and absolute joy.

But as Marcel Proust says, “The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes."

This time and space away have given me fresh perspective, immense gratitude, and a deeper understanding of the meaning of home. 

What is home?

Home can be a place, a person, a memory, a feeling, an energy. It is many things to many people...and here is a window into what home means to me.

Lotus Home | Ubud, Bali

Lotus Home | Ubud, Bali

AN ODE TO HOME

Home is…Tucson

  • Koala hugs from my sister, Lauren
  • Sunday breakfast potatoes made by my Dad
  • Hosting family gatherings and holidays with my Mom
  • Hearing my Grandma tell me the story of how she kidnapped me from the hospital when I was born for the hundredth time and listening intently and joyfully like it's the first time 
  • Sharing laughs, the latest adventures, and eight course Chinese meals with first cousins, second cousins, third cousins, aunts, uncles, great aunts and uncles, family, and sneaking in the occasional best friend (Jake!)

Home is…the Bay Area (Oakland and San Francisco)

  • Riding my bike home from the market with a jetpack full of groceries
  • Hearing Feliciano’s footsteps up the stairs followed by a kiss on the cheek 
  • Exploring life’s magic and mysteries MuSoMing with Michelle and Zanette
  • Community dinners, coordinating crazy schedules, and late night chats with C.Lai.
  • Cwerking with my Delivering Happiness team, Jenn, Sunny, Zaharah, and Jeff

Home is…Phoenix

  • Pillow talk, ALL the feels, and ALL the foods with Tanya
  • Late night snuggles, smoothies, and coconut oil popcorn with Jeremy
  • Coworking at CO+HOOTS and catch-up's at Green with Jenny

Home is…New York

  • Safely landing and reconnecting with the Wonder Wife, Karla
  • Arriving – the right friend at the right time with my longest known amiga, Karmay
  • Infinite mirror mirror same same sister sister soul shares with Vickie

Home is…Koh Phangan

  • Coming. Going. Rising. Falling.
  • Kirtan. Ecstatic Dance. Shibari. Tantra. 
  • Flowing in love and setting it free
  • Being surrounded by and remembering I am magic
  • Floating in stillness for hours in the infinite ocean
  • Riding on motorbike in the jungle howling to the stars
  • Breathtaking sunsets, reflecting like glass, no separation between sky and sea

Home is...MAMMA BALI

  • Feeling the heartbeat of Pachamama beneath you
  • Feeling the warmth of Father Sky above you
  • Feeling acceptance and belonging, being safely held in the space in-between
Rice Terrace | Bali, Indonesia

Rice Terrace | Bali, Indonesia

Home is traveling around the world only to find that what you were looking for has been there all along.

Home is discovering that spirit is at the center of everything you do.

Home is coming full circle in wholeness understanding that YOU are the love you’ve been waiting for.

Home is many things to many people.

My birthday wish: that you may find home wherever you go, wherever you grow, within and all around you.

Here's to home,

Kelsey Lotus Wong 

p.s. a collaborative Spotify playlist I created inspired by HOME. Feel free to add songs that remind you of home!

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Lotus rising | Koh Phangan, Thailand