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You are walking along a bright narrow path between tall grasses sprinkled with delicate wildflowers. It’s a warm day, and the sun is bright and blinding in the clear blue sky. The earth is soft beneath your feet, and as you approach the beach it begins to get sandy. You take off your shoes to feel the earth between your toes.

The sound of the sea washes over you, welcoming you to relax, and breathe deeper. You inhale the salty sea air and sigh with content. The smell of the sea is intoxicating. …


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Once upon a time, there was a small herd of elephants living in the forest of Burma. Shawani was a young adult elephant and enjoyed spending her day roaming the forest looking for the most succulent leaves to munch on. One day, she came across a young puppy frolicking beneath a tree. Shawani was full of love and joy for this tiny creature. They became fast friends. She called her friend Kuttal. The puppy grew up fast and while Shawani was much larger, Kuttal multiplied in size in a matter of months. One day on their morning walk, the young…


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A mini-version of Golden Rock — Photo by author

Two years ago this week, I was with friends exploring Kyaiktiyo Pagoda, also called Golden Rock, on Thadingyut. Thadingyut is a famous festival but I don’t think anyone will be able to travel to celebrate it in 2020. Since this hasn’t exactly been a year of travel, I’ve been enjoying my Google Photos sharing with me where I was on this same day in the past. So let’s take a trip down memory lane.

How We Got to Golden Rock

Kyaiktiyo Pagoda (Golden Rock) is on the summit of Mount Kyayktiyo, about 15 km from a town called Kinpun and around 200km from Yangon, in Mon…


But Chronic Illness is Not a Joke

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Less than two weeks after World Narcolepsy Day, I see the term “quarantine narcolepsy” on my newsfeed. When I learned that it was a reference to narcolepsy on Late Night with Seth Meyers, I was vaguely curious.

Seth Meyers asked Taylor Schilling, known for her role as Piper in Orange is the New Black, if she has developed any new coping mechanisms during quarantine.

She responded, “I think I’ve become a bit of a narcoleptic person like I hear like oh ‘plague and pestilence’ and then I go [ugly face] and I pass out again. …


She wants other people living with narcolepsy to know that they are not alone

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“In 1979, fresh out of high school living in Atlanta, I was ready to start my life,” says Paula. “Going to school full time, working part-time, and enjoying a full social life, I never felt there was anything wrong with sleeping every moment I could. It was even okay when my friends started teasing me for always falling asleep.”

As far back as college, Paula remembers sleeping a lot. “Back then I blew it off as being young, clubbing, and drinking too many Pink Champales.”

Paula worked part-time, did her school work, and didn’t think anything of spending her Tuesday…


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Once upon a time, there was a young boy living in a tiny village.

His grandmother gave him a handful of seeds and told him to do his best to help them grow.

He had so many questions.

Where should he plant the seeds? What would they turn into?

“Just listen to your heart,” she told him. “Put them where it feels right.”

With his analytical mind, he wanted to know the identity of every seed and learn what was the ideal circumstance for each of the seeds. …


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When I’m rushing through the airport, I am grateful when I see these empty moving walkways, that allow me to hop on and move at double the speed of the people walking on the shiny tiled floor.

When I use energy to heal, create, or manifest, I am on that moving walkway speeding along reaching the destination in record time.

But when I reject the side of me that knows about energy, feels the energy, and is drawn to it, then I am on the tiled floor dragging my baggage behind me at a snail's pace. …


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The gods were up in the heavens one day having a debate because they had a dilemma. The Human race was coming closer to discovering the truths to living the virtuous life, the free life. The gods didn’t want this because it was these truths that kept them in power.

They didn’t want the human race becoming their equals.

They had to discuss where to hide the truths. So they started making suggestions.

One magnificent being suggested they put those secrets in the depths of the deepest oceans. …


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Embracing the Duality of the Human Experience

I’ve always considered myself to be an artist. Even in the years where I created no more than a few doodles on the edges of pages, I knew deep down that I am an artist. I felt something when I was painting or drawing or creating that I didn’t feel anywhere else.

I was lead away from art because it wasn’t a “realistic” career path. Being an artist is hard, and you need to have a steady stream of income if you are going to have the luxury of creating art. Those were…

Kayla Douglas

Life Coach, author, lifelong learner, travel enthusiast, narcolepsy advocate, living in Myanmar, she/her https://www.kaylamdouglas.com

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