1. Wisdom from Brave Girls Club, “Let yourself be a perfectly imperfect human being. Let yourself feel what you need to feel and process your life the way you need to process it. Let yourself BE in all your beautifully imperfect human-ness. And give everyone else the same grace.”
3. 33 thoughts on reading (A manifesto of sorts) from Austin Kleon.
4. Dear Homeless Guy: I Don’t Care If You Buy Crack With The Dollar I Gave You on Medium. The last line of this really has me thinking.
5. Write from a full cup from Alexandra Franzen.
6. Truthbomb #648 from Danielle LaPorte, “I don’t want to change the world. I want to love it.”
8. reasons for my leaving from lists and letters.
9. Once more unto the breach, dear friends, once more from Claws Carefully Sheathed.
10. Wisdom from Rachael Maddox, “Maybe the magic that was missing all along was the will to be all the way true to the call of your brilliant heart.”
11. Learning to Measure Time in Love and Loss on The New York Times, Modern Love.
12. Wisdom from Pema Chödrön
Instead of asking ourselves, “How can I find security and happiness?” we could ask ourselves, “Can I touch the center of my pain? Can I sit with suffering, both yours and mine, without trying to make it go away? Can I stay present to the ache of loss or disgrace — disappointment in all its many forms — and let it open me?” This is the trick.
13. 33 Mantras to Quickly Calm Your Stress Response: Because you deserve to live with ease. Sandra Pawula on Medium.
15. Wisdom from Phillip Moffitt,
The truth is that you will never be absolutely safe. All things change constantly, even what is most precious. You know that you and those you love will die, but not when or how. This is the angst of life, the price of being a conscious human being. It is not a flaw, although many people cannot let loose of seeing it in such a manner. It is just the way life is constructed. When your awareness of this vulnerability is triggered, you can be swept into panic, collapse into depression, or desperately try to distract yourself. One of the values of spiritual practice is that you are able to come to terms with this anxiety in a conscious manner. Your life becomes more integrated because you are no longer trying to deny or avoid what is true.
16. It Happened to Me: I Taught Fitness and Failed a Fat Test from Sadie Chanlett-Avery.
17. Wisdom from Rebecca Lindenberg, “I think there is a general misconception that you write poems because you ‘have something to say.’ I think, actually, that you write poems because you have something echoing around in the bone-dome of your skull that you cannot say.”
18. If People Were Honest About Women’s Bodies from BuzzFeed Video.
19. What Happens When Cross-Species Best Friends Reunite After Five Years? Hint: someone makes a video, I watch it and sob.
20. Wisdom from Adrienne Rich, “All new learning looks at first like chaos.”
21. Wisdom from Geneen Roth, “When you stop shaming and blaming and feeding the desire to be someone else with a different life, the war with food ends as well.”
22. a ghost’s schedule from Marc Johns. I love this so much.
23. Dear Body: I’m sorry for mistreating you on Hello Giggles.
24. 28 Teeny Tiny Wild Mice on Bored Panda.
25. Wisdom from Brave Girls Club, “Is it time to simplify? Instead of being spread in a too-thin layer all over the place, maybe it’s time to pare your life down to the handful of things that mean the most to you. Then let the rest go so that you can give the very best of yourself to the very best things.”
26. An Itty Bitty White Lie from Rachel Cole. Reason #238 why I love her.
27. Awake in the World: Waking Up Without Words — Ikebana by Alexandra Shenpen.
27. Wisdom from Hafiz,
I should not make any promises right now,
But I know if you
Somewhere in this world –
Something good will happen.
Satya Robyn shared this on Facebook today, and followed it with some wisdom of her own, “Pray, give thanks, ask for help, admit something to yourself or another human being, listen carefully, be kind, eat chocolate, stop blaming, love everything. It all works.”
28. To Hear the Falling World by Jane Hirshfield. (Thanks for sharing, Jessica).
Only if I move my arm a certain way,
it comes back.
Or the way the light bends in the trees
this time of year,
so a scrap of sorrow, like a bird, lights on the heart.
I carry this in my body, seed
in an unswept corner, husk-encowled and seeming safe.
But they guard me, these small pains,
from growing sure
of myself and perhaps forgetting.
30. Wisdom from Sogyal Rinpoche, “Although we have been made to believe that if we let go we will end up with nothing, life reveals just the opposite: that letting go is the path to freedom.”
31. you are your own damn permission slip from Justine Musk. Word.