1. Creating a Lovely Morning on Zen Habits.
2. Wisdom from Fr. Alfred D’Souza, a quote shared by Courtney Carver,
For a long time it had seemed to me that life was about to begin — real life. But there was always some obstacle in the way. Something to be got through first, some unfinished business, time still to be served, a debt to be paid. Then life would begin. At last in dawned on me that these obstacles were my life.
3. Also from Courtney, on Be More With Less, 3 Simple Ways to Be More Creative (and why it’s important).
4. Eight ways to be (more) here and (more) happy on A Design So Vast.
5. Wisdom from Jessica Patterson,
In my experience, one of the greatest litmus tests of spiritual maturation –that is, how well your practice is working–comes when we bump up against the challenges. Embodying–in thought, word, and deed–what it is you profess to practice/study is easy when life goes according to your plan. But the real measure–and arguably, the greatest teacher–arises from our responses to life’s inevitable disappointments, frustrations, and obstacles. If your response to difficult times is to react (re-act, reproduce) with the same old habitual behavior, based on worn out, old narratives about yourself (or others), then your practice becomes that much more vital; your practice can be what creates space and awareness between the feelings we have and the conclusion we draw about them. If you can remain consciously committed to your center, your Self, when the rug gets pulled up beneath you…and you can be kind and spacious and patient when things don’t go “your way,” you will come to know your progress more honestly than any other time.
6. What in the world is a “blog hop”? from Two Poppies Creative.
7. Green in May on SouleMama.
9. Wisdom from Maya Angelou, “In the flush of love’s light we dare be brave. And suddenly we see that love costs all we are and will ever be. Yet it is only love which sets us free.”
10. the (sacred) art of breaking yourself open from Justine Musk.
11. Baby’s first LOL.
12. Wisdom from Lao Tzu, “If you are depressed you are living in the past. If you are anxious you are living in the future. If you are at peace you are living in the present.”
14. Wisdom from Geneen Roth, “Forgiving yourself expresses a willingness to learn from your fragility and your fallibility instead of pretending that they are not there,” and,
Of this I am certain: Something happens every time I stop fighting with the way things are. Something happens to every one of my students when they stop running their familiar programs about fear and deficiency and emptiness. I don’t know what to call this turn of events or the freshness that follows it but I know what it feels like: it feels like relief. It feels like infinite goodness. Like a distillation of every sweet fragrance, every astonishing beauty and every haunting melody you’ve ever heard . It feels like the essence of tenderness compassion joy peace dark starry night dazzling day. Like love itself. And in the moment you feel it you recognize that you are it and that you’ve been here all along, waiting for your return.
15. What hill running, meditation and achieving your dreams have in common from Life is Limitless.
16. A man, a photo and the long search to find the person in it, a story on Sports Illustrated about a picture from Humans of New York.
17. How to Not Go Insane Being an Artist on Indie Kindred.
18. How To Get A Whole Lot Of Sh*t Done In A Day on MindBodyGreen.
19. A Talk with Patrick McDonnell, coauthor of Guardians of Being, (and one of my favorite cartoonists).
20. Yoga with Adriene. I really like her teaching style, and she’s got some great free videos, if you are interested in practicing alone but with instruction.
21. Got Blogger’s Block? Here Are 50 Ways To Kick Its Ass! from Gala Darling, (shared by Britt Bravo on Facebook).
23. This is a commercial for Chevy, and it’s pretty sweet.