1. The Above and Beyond Memorial at the National Veterans Art Museum, “an immense 10 x 40 foot sculpture…comprised of imprinted dog tags, one for each of the more than 58,000 service men and women who died in the Vietnam War.” Click the link to see it. It’s weirdly beautiful and utterly heartbreaking.
2. The Illusion of the Bottomless Pit from Rachel Cole.
3. A Non-Diet Diet: The Case for Eating Whatever You Want on New York Magazine.
4. I’m coming out of the closet from The Brand Alchemist, “I have depression…and I’m GRATEFUL for it.”
5. Ultra Small Bonsai Plants Give New Meaning to the Word Miniature on Colossal.
6. An updated Radical Self Love Manifesto from Gala Darling.
7. 21 Pictures Guaranteed to Make You Feel Better About Life from Pleated Jeans.
10. I’m a yogi on antidepressants and I’m cool with it on Rebelle Society, which says,
Yoga draws a lot of different types of people, and many of us are searching for a way to be okay. Yoga can be part of that solution; it can even be the whole thing. But if it’s not, then it’s not because you’re weak; it just means you need a few more members in your village.
12. The Truth About Careers That Your Parents Didn’t Tell You, a guest post by Kate Swoboda on Create as Folk.
13. the secret life of a curvy girl, a beautiful story by a beautiful woman on Spirit Soul Earth.
14. 20 Questions — Soul-Style, with Rachel W. Cole on My Peace of Food.
15. A beautiful poem by William Stafford, The Way It Is, shared in Erin’s Body Happy newsletter, (you should sign up if you love poetry, she’s always reminding me of some of my favorites or sharing something new).
There’s a thread you follow. It goes among
things that change. But it doesn’t change.
People wonder about what you are pursuing.
You have to explain about the thread.
But it is hard for others to see.
While you hold it you can’t get lost.
Tragedies happen; people get hurt
or die; and you suffer and get old.
Nothing you do can stop time’s unfolding.
You don’t ever let go of the thread.
16. Don’t “write blog posts” or “launch products.” Create little miracles. from Alexandra Franzen.
17. Wisdom from Brave Girls Club,
One kind person can make such a difference. One compassionate hand placed on a hand in distress can make such a difference. One phone call, one thank-you note, one sweet text message can make every bit of difference. One job well done, one child rocked to sleep, one lunch packed, one single daisy given away can make such a difference.,/p>
One smile in the grocery store, one proclamation of forgiveness, one loaf of freshly baked bread, one handmade card, one offer to help can make such a huge difference.
It’s the little things, gorgeous friend, that make the heroes. It’s the one thing, after one thing, after one thing. It’s that one person who makes the difference. Be the one.
18. Mudita. The practice of sympathetic joy. on Superhero Life.
19. Wisdom from Tulku Thondup,
There are two crucial junctures of the day when meditation can be especially fruitful—when you are falling asleep and when you are waking up. At these times, the mind is in a transition state, and you are especially open to the power of healing. If you make a habit of experiencing peaceful feelings when the mind is naturally more open, the healing energies can take hold more deeply and firmly in your mind. Then, because you are cultivating this deeper level, it will be easier to develop a more open hearted attitude toward the rest of life. You can be more open to the experience of peace even as you are involved in your everyday activities.
20. Awakening, a blessing from Mara Glatzel.
21. And Then I Could Breathe Again on Painted Path.
22. Ordinary Moments from Jonathan Fields.
23. what’cha growin’? on Chookooloonks.
29. 21 Girls Who Don’t Know What Eyebrows Are Supposed To Look Like. These are more scary than funny, unlike the baby eyebrows I shared on last week’s list. And I’d say there are 20 on this list, because I disagree with the inclusion of Amanda Palmer. She knows exactly what she’s doing.
30. a sweet list of things to remember on Rebelle Society.
31. Meet Millie, The Rock Climbing Adventure Cat Who Goes Camping With Her Human on Huffington Post.