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 ❤
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!
Kelsey Lotus Wong