I’m Crystal Fleming: 30-something spiritual adventurer, thrifty fashionista and Assistant Professor of Sociology at a research university in New York. I have random bursts of creativity that manifest as cooking, making music, songwriting and waxing poetic. I like to smoke cigars and drink champagne while seated in the lotus position. Or something like that. And while I’ve traveled the world, lived in Paris, speak French and am in most ways an ordinary, cosmopolitan suburbanite/Neo-Soul Intellectual
(okay, I fully admit there is no such thing as an ordinary, cosmopolitan surburbanite/Neo-Soul Intellectual), I am primarily a child of the irreverent, independent, soulful, passionate, hilarious, loving, fiery Take-No-Shit-Southern-Negro-Women in my family tree.
I mostly blog about emotions, spirituality, fashion and, oh, whatever else comes to mind. I’m influenced by the nondual teachings of Eckhart Tolle, Mooji, Alan Watts, Ernest Holmes, Joel Goldsmith and Thich Nhat Hanh among others. My spiritual perspective draws from Hinduism, Buddhism and Christianity. It boils down to these basic tenets:
(1) Everything and everyone is a manifestation of the All-there-is / God / Universe.
(2) What is most real in life is the conscious experience of the present moment.
I don’t claim to have the answers or to have life ‘figured out”. I’m just as beautifully flawed as everybody else. I use this blog as a space to share my experiences, insights and questions as I play out my time here as a manifestation of Consciousness. I invite you to share with me so we can learn together.
The title of this blog comes from a mantra a friend shared with me to help connect with the present moment. “I am aware that I am aware.” Can you sense, right now, your own awareness of being awake and alive? Who is sensing these perceptions? Who are you?
About my singing & songwriting:
Making music is a new hobby and the most enjoyable creative endeavor I’ve ever experienced. It is all consuming: the feeling of channeling emotions into an external form.. bringing something that’s in my head out into the world.. conveying the energy and spirit that inspired the lyrics.. the excitement of giving birth to this new thing.. all of it is so incredibly rewarding. Quite a high – right up there with the transcendent experience of feeling my connection to God.. or making love. For me, it’s all the same anyway: being one with creating, creation and the Creator.
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