Hello, I’m Asli. I’m a world citizen with 2 passports but I believe in a borderless world. I have lived in 3 continents and visited over 40 countries so far. I’m also an environmentalist who’s obsessed with all living things, an avid world traveler, and a yogi. I’ve been on a quest to find my truth and remove the obstacles that prevent me from connecting to my divine purpose.
“Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise, so I am changing myself.”
I was born in Turkey and spent most of my conscious life in New York City. While growing up, I took every opportunity to travel abroad and finally transported myself to the US as an exchange student in my 20s and that’s how my adventures began.
I have started this blog to share my experiences with those who yearn to break free from the matrix and pass on everything I’ve learned both in the worldly and spiritual sense.
I had all that I was supposed to want, a job with a good income, nice colleagues, a beautiful apartment in Brooklyn, great friends, nice weekend escapes, and perfect holidays. But I had a huge void inside me that none of these could satisfy.
My journey started when I took a sabbatical from my shiny career in advertising in New York City in 2012. I had an irresistible urge to break free to find freedom outside the corporate world.
By following my inner voice, I packed my backpack and started traveling in and around South American jungles, the peaks of Andean mountains and the Himalayas, the beaches of Hawaii and Uruguay, and the ashrams in India, Bali, and Thailand discovering new cultures, experiences, and world views. My motive was to learn to get out of the autopilot mode, undo the programming that I needed to survive in the modern society, surrender to life, and leave my comfort zone to experience a more authentic and fulfilling life. I didn’t realize at that time that I was embarking on a lifelong journey.
By leaving the things I was used to behind, inevitably a deep exploration into myself and a journey of self-healing began. My eyes opened widely and I was guided step after step to the exact places I needed to be.
I met great teachers who guided me on my path. With every step I took, my materialistic view of the world slowly but surely crumbled apart.
In the last few years of my life, I have been so fortunate to realize the dreams I’ve dreamt of. Now when I look back, I laugh at the rat race I have been a part of to gain more possession or higher status. It is so liberating to finally see that we all exist in unity and there’s no success in anything unless we all succeed together.
I can tell my remarkable transformation from the old Asli to this new me started with my introduction to Ayahuasca, the ancient plant medicine that connected me to my true-source as well as to everything around me.
Participating in my first ayahuasca ceremony in the woods in 2012 opened the doors of a new reality. I learned valuable lessons about who I was and what my place was in the universe. Since I woke up from the dream, I’ve been constantly facing and taming my mind and learning to respond from my true source. You can read more about my experience with plant medicine here.
I chose South East Asia as my home in 2015 and since then I’ve been educating myself to be a good, mindful, and woke human being.
I met my partner Michele in 2017 in Thailand and we decided to continue this journey together. It was an amazing surprise to find each other as the universe brought us together at the same exact phases in our lives. We had both closed our homes in our respective cities (NYC and Milano) and we had nowhere or no one to go back to.
We both dedicated our lives to studying traditional tantra in Thailand while also working on our self-growth and evolution, learning from each other and holding mirrors onto our shadow parts.
Why do I call this a conscious blog? Michi and I have been pursuing a path as exemplary global citizens. What that means for us is respecting the culture, environment, and the local communities in the places we visit. We always look for opportunities to contribute to the local economy and exchange ideas/knowledge with the people we come across. While doing that, our priority is to leave the smallest ecological footprint behind us.
I no longer find satisfaction in talking about myself so I will leave this intro short like this 🙂 Please feel free to get in touch if you have any questions I can help you with. Or drop a comment below about your dreams and journey. I’d love to hear from you!
Thank you so much for visiting my site!
May you all be happy just as you are. Namaste 🙏🏼