What makes me say “YES!”? Think, write, create for sure, to practice. And yet, that isn’t everything. I also need nature, books and music, Eric and Sam, love, to move my body, to be connected and awake.
1. The Sunday Rumpus Essay: Grief Magic by Emily Rapp.
2. How To Thrive At Work (Even If You Can’t Stand Your Job) on MindBodyGreen.
3. Wisdom from Elizabeth Gilbert on Facebook, Is Your Gut Instinct Your God Instinct?
4. Celebrating Little Steps on Becoming Minimalist.
6. First Listen: Neko Case, The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight…, Neko Case’s new album on NPR.
8. For Apologists, a Confessional Phone Line Is Reborn on The New York Times.
9. Wisdom from Tama J. Kieves on Facebook,
The only thing in your way right now — is an idea. Let go of that one idea or story and the universe can rush in with a thousand new possibilities. Everything is waiting to support you. Let go of what you “think” is in the way and discover the way.
Are you waiting for your one big chance? There is no one big chance. There are a thousand chances every day. In an inspired life, we keep loving, showing up, practicing our promises ourselves. We’re not looking for a ship to come in. We’re sailing daily.
10. The story I cannot edit from Lisa Bonchek Adams.
11. A Love Note to the “Hypersensitive,” “Too Nice,” & “Takers-of-It-Too-Personally” from Randi Buckley.
12. The Blessing Is Next to the Wound, Dani Shapiro on Positively Positive.
13. 23 Signs You’re Secretly An Introvert on Huffington Post. I’m pretty overtly an introvert, but I still liked this list.
14. Wisdom and other good stuff from Elephant Journal: 50 Reasons Why You Are Absolutely Beautiful, and Ashton Kutcher Reveals His Real Name & Inspires in Speech at Teen Choice Awards and Baby, I was Born to Blog (amen, Britt).
15. How Four Years Can (and Should) Transform You: Mark Edmundson’s Essays Ask, “Why Teach?” from The New York Times.
16. When you shouldn’t give up sugar on first ourselves, in which Karly Randolph Pitman says,
But if you feel that your desire for sugar is really a symbol of a deeper desire – a desire to let your deepest essence unfold in the world – don’t cut out the sugar. Instead, listen to your desire. Befriend, allow and listen to your longings for sugar. Sit with them. Let your tears fall and ask yourself: How is my longing for sugar my voice, and what is it trying to say? What I am truly needing?
Listen to this voice. There’s so much wisdom in it.
And then be willing to go out on that limb – trusting what you hear – and live it. Let your deepest self speak, and your essence, unfold.
How many times, how many ways has Rachel Cole tried to tell me this? How many times do I need to hear it, from how many, before I finally get it?
17. Of tiny pink dumbbells and fat chicks from Carrie Patrick.
18. Thin Women: I’ve Got Your Back. Could You Get Mine? on Jezebel, in which Lindy West says, “ALL of our energy, collectively, no matter what our size, should be directed at the system that makes us hate ourselves for profit.” Amen.
19. What Happens Here Matters, living on the internet like I live on my block from Brit Hanson.
20. How I revolutionized my relationship to “doing”: Meet The Divine Medicine Woman & The Impeccable Street Sweeper from Danielle LaPorte. I think I need to fire my street sweeper.
21. Wisdom from Seth Godin, “Do you have three minutes?” The conservation of mental bandwidth and 120 seconds (shipping vs. rushing)
23. The Many Flavours of Freedom from Deva Coaching.
24. Wisdom from Pema Chödrön,
You can cruise through life not letting anything touch you, but if you really want to live fully, if you want to enter into life, enter into genuine relationships with other people, with animals, with the world situation, you’re definitely going to have the experience of feeling provoked, of getting hooked, of shenpa. You’re not just going to feel bliss. The message is that when those feelings emerge, this is not a failure. This is the chance to cultivate maitri, unconditional friendliness toward your perfect and imperfect self.
25. Creating Your Habit Environment on Zen Habits.
26. #Inbound13 and the Culture of Caring from Susan Piver.
27. Architecture Student Bought a School Bus and Turned It Into Cozy Mobile Home from Bored Panda.
29. Monday Blues on SF Girl by Bay.
30. The 30-Day Negativity Cleanse on Live After Tampons. I’m in. What about you?
32. Wisdom from Your Inner Pilot Light,
Not sure whether you’re making the right decision, sunshine? Ask yourself these questions. 1. Does it make you feel free? 2. Is it in line with your vision and mission? 3. Does it feel authentic? 4. Will it help more people than it hurts? 5. Does it make you break into a happy dance? 6. Will it light my fire?
32. 18 Everyday Products You’ve Been Using Wrong on BuzzFeed.
33. Wisdom from Sharon Salzberg, “Generosity is the very first quality of an awakened mind.”
34. Poem shared by Elizabeth Gilbert on Facebook, There’s a Hole in my Sidewalk.
35. Motherhood: The Big, Fat Fuck You on Scary Mommy. I’m not a mom, but I totally get this.
36. The Days Before Classes Begin by Jeff Oaks.
37. A free video series by SARK. Don’t miss it! on Superhero Life.
38. From Brave Girls Club,
Keep looking for goodness, beauty and truth. It is worth the effort. While life is sometimes dull and gray and even downright miserable in patches, there is always even more beauty and truth than darkness and ugliness. May you find other beautiful souls who are seeking just like you are. If you cannot find what you are seeking today, may you go out and create it. You are more than capable and you will effect more lives that you could ever know . . . especially your own. Keep looking. It is there, and you will find it.
40. More on the wisdom of grief, from Amy McCracken on 3x3x365.
41. Bright Flashes, from Danielle Ate the Sandwich, just because.
42. 7 Truths About Being A Yoga Teacher That No One Will Ever Tell You on MindBodyGreen.
43. Brené Brown On Why Courage, Vulnerability And Authenticity Have To Be Practiced on Huffington Post, in which she says, “The people who practice authenticity work their ass off at it.”
44. Modern Love: Picking Up the Scent on the Road to Bliss on The New York Times, in which Tatjana Soli says,
Necessity creates opportunity that can lead to bliss… In my life, dogs have always been a part of that equation, a way to find the small, grounding moments in life — the grass, sunlight and sweet bite of plums — that we commonly call happiness.
45. If I Were a Dog, a beautiful poem by Richard Shelton.