1. Time to Thrive, transcript of speech given by Ellen Page on Huffington Post, in which she says,
You’re here because you’ve adopted as a core motivation the simple fact that this world would be a whole lot better if we just made an effort to be less horrible to one another. If we took just 5 minutes to recognize each other’s beauty, instead of attacking each other for our differences. That’s not hard. It’s really an easier and better way to live. And ultimately, it saves lives.
Then again, it’s not easy at all. It can be the hardest thing, because loving other people starts with loving ourselves and accepting ourselves.
2. Wisdom from Lodro Rinzler, “Gentleness to oneself is the foundation of the entire meditative path.”
3. How “Fearless” is the new perfectionism from Your Courageous Life.
4. Let thanks land from Jonathan Fields.
5. A Photo Essay: The Lone Tree from Tammy at Rowdy Kittens.
6. Wisdom from Brave Girls Club,
The crazy life is oh so tempting….ohhhh sooooo tempting. It is tempting to go go go and prove prove prove and seek seek seek for apPROVE-al, isn’t it? It is tempting to do what everyone else is doing…and to make it shiny and sparkly and perfect and wonderful and to sacrifice anything and everything to make it so. It is oh-so-easy to get caught up in the competition…in the comparing…in the craziness of what it *seems* like everyone else is doing.
Beautiful friend…pay attention very closely to how you feel when you are giving in to this kind of temptation. Pay attention to how it feels to go faster than you really have strength to go….to prove that you are just as good, or just as wonderful, or just as talented. Pay attention to how it feels to constantly seek for the approval of others. Pay attention to how it feels to enter into the competition…to compare your life with the life of others. If it doesn’t feel good, any of it…….it’s time to evaluate it all.
Sometimes we get so caught up in this way of living that we forget that there is another way to live. There really is another way to live, beautiful soul. We don’t have to enter in to the crazy life…and even when we do….we really can walk away.
It is worth the hard decision of turning around and walking away from a crazy life that doesn’t make sense. It is always always always worth it to go where the peace is….where the best stuff is…….where we can just BE and not feel like we have to BE ENOUGH. We are ALL already enough.
Go where the peace is, sweet girl. You were always meant to have peace.
7. How an On-Air Panic Attack Improved My Life by Dan Harris.
8. Wisdom from Kris Carr, “Confidence and self-reliance come from a deep trust in yourself. You know that you’ve got your back and that no matter what, you will not abandon yourself.”
9. Wisdom from Meryl Streep, “This is your time and it feels normal to you, but really, there is no normal. There’s only change and resistance to it and then more change.”
11. Remembering Maggie Estep from Neil Gaiman.
12. What I won’t and will miss, a list from Norah Ephron.
13. Uncommon Advice to Heal a Broken Heart, Susan Piver on Huffington Post.
14. College Students Scared Straight Prank. I don’t want to laugh, but I can’t help it.
15. A Lost Dog Story from Mark Hass.
16. Wisdom from Henry Miller, “Let us do our best, even if it gets us nowhere.”
17. Truthbombs from Danielle LaPorte: “Be willing to start over” and “Start leaving what you want to leave. Your future is waiting.”
18. More wisdom from Brave Girls Club,
Dear Sensitive Girl,
Your soul is whispering something to you. Slow down so you can hear it.
You know what do to…..your heart is smart, and it is telling you in a million different ways. You can trust it.
You know exactly what to do….you really do. Listen to those whispers….they are leading you toward all that is good and right for YOUR life.
You are so brave, you are so wonderful, you are so on track.
You are so loved.
19. The story of Owen and Haatchi on Viral Nova.
20. An Awesome Book of Love, “Yael Staav’s poignant and emotional interpretation of Dallas Clayton’s celebrated storybook, An Awesome Book of Love, shows us that love is truly humanity’s greatest gift.”
21. Jump Off the Busy Train for a Simpler, More Passion-Filled Life on Tiny Buddha.
22. The Complete Guide to Not Giving a Fuck on Medium.
23. On Softening to Pain on Zen Psychiatry. Since I read this, I can’t stop asking myself this question, “How can I soften into this?”
24. Warning: Do not read this if you enjoy clinging to excuses that prevent you from making art, moving forward + doing wonderful things from Alexandra Franzen. No more excuses.
25. A story from Elizabeth Gilbert on Facebook that will make you think.
26. Rachel Cole’s 5 Essentials for a Passionate, Well-Fed Life on The Kitchn.
27. Laurie Wagner on breaking a love affair with the screens that fuel our lonely habits on Flourish. P.S. There’s still time to sign up for her ecourse, Telling True Stories.
28. Should spiritual teachers be paid? from Susan Piver. (Recognize that shrine? It’s on my writing desk.) According to the logic of the original email, it would suggest that doctors and teachers shouldn’t be paid either, that if you are fulfilling a need you shouldn’t be compensated. I don’t buy it.