Posted on October 18, 2016
The answer to everything could be SELF-COMPASSION … the results would be proof.
Posted on July 25, 2016
“Hitler took advantage of the people’s anger by offering them a convenient scapegoat and a promise to restore Germany’s greatness”
(also amazing graphics!)
Posted on July 25, 2016
Self-care isn’t apathy … I’m sharing this article by Mary Elizabeth Williams, because it touches on more than one topic worth talking or thinking about …
You can read the full article at source HERE
Self-care isn’t apathy: You don’t have to watch the whole Trump horror show
Let’s pace ourselves, America — overdosing on insanity is killing our spirit
Nope. I didn’t see it. Not live, as it unfolded, not Friday morning, as the spin kept rolling in. I have my limits, and my limit is voluntarily watching Donald Trump officially accept the Republican nomination for president of the United States. And over the next few months, I promise to not watch a whole lot more.
It’s not that the alarming spectacle that played out this week in Cleveland can be ignored. It’s not that we all don’t have a profound personal stake in the utterly terrifying agenda of Trump ticket. It’s this — you can’t immerse yourself in round-the-clock crazy and not go a little mad yourself. You can’t, as someone wisely said on Twitter recently, “constantly stare at a device that beams nightmares” into your eyes and not wind up “anxious.” And if you, this often bizarre and heartbreaking summer, sometimes decide to choose Pokémon Go over Make America Great Again, I totally get it.
Granted, I have the privilege/curse of working in the media, which means that I get heaping eyefuls of current events in my workday. By the time many of my friends come home in the evening, eager to catch up on the news, I am slumped at my desk and trying to pick my jaw up off the floor. There’s no part of kicking back and taking in even more upsetting words and images at that point that sounds even remotely mentally healthy.
But even if your 9–5 involves piping roses onto wedding cakes, can I still offer a little friendly advice? Pace yourself here. Remember that self-care is not apathy, and that sensory overload isn’t social justice. It’s estimated Americans consume roughly ten hours of media a day. And 33 percent percent of Americans — a full third — say that they follow the news all throughout the day. That is an overwhelming amount of information to take in — especially when a fair amount of that information involves a paranoid yelling person. Last fall, I attended an all-day event for journalists sponsored by the Dart Center, an organization for journalists who cover traumatic events. One phrase one of the event leaders mentioned has stuck in my mind ever since — “We spend our days consuming human distress.” And that is simply not a normal, natural, healthy, or — and this is important — sustainable — state of being. So on Tuesday evening, I was at “Ghostbusters.” The world didn’t need me to watch the trainwreck.
On Friday morning, my Facebook feed was neatly divided between friends who’d watched the Trump show and had a lot to say about it, and those who admitted they couldn’t bear to watch it. One person expressed that she couldn’t, but she was grateful to those who did, to bear witness. As for me, I oscillate between understanding the need to remain vigilant and also feeling pretty played when Trump ridiculously boasts that “Good news is Melania’s speech got more publicity than any in the history of politics especially if you believe that all press is good press!” It often feels like a losing proposition to consider how much the very worst people in the world truly feed off our attention — even when that attention is pure disgust. I remind myself that we do not have a moral responsibility to participate in all of it and we certainly don’t have one to passively look at it. I remember that someone once reminded me, “You don’t need to go to every argument you’re invited to.” You don’t need to go to every political disaster either.
Posted on April 13, 2016
4 minutes of a break 🙂
Posted on November 23, 2015
I love his stuff … simple as that … many happy memories of my youth …
Posted on October 13, 2015
Cowspiracy, taken from Youtube .. an interesting educational (?) watch ….,
Love and coconuts,
Posted on July 1, 2015
I just read this and wanted to share it …. I found it compelling and profound, and really quite stirring ….
The darkness is in every one of us
The author of ‘This House of Grief’ and ‘Joe Cinque’s Consolation’ on writing about darkness
to read the full piece, so I don’t get done for copyright infringement!!
It’s from The Monthly.
Posted on May 18, 2015
YES!! Did you ever think about that … WE ARE STARDUST!
I guess the ancient yogis were quantum physicians ….
The other day in my yoga class, when the students were in Savasana, I felt an immense sense of connection, a hug from the universe if you like, and I heard this loud, clear and confident voice in my head ( it was me! ) telling me to remember this:
I AM JUST AN ENERGY, A FORCE, AND A SPIRIT HAVING A HUMAN EXPERIENCE ….
When life throws it’s curve balls …
I didn’t realise when life starts going all nonlinear, how easy it is to just completely forget all the stuff I intellectually and experientially know and have learned and practiced over these last few years.
It just gets emptied out of the pot in one big gloop, like thick, chunky soup and all that gets left are the BITS THAT STICK TO THE SIDE OF THE POT – old gooey patterns and burnt bits of behaviours that don’t serve anyone.
Never saw that coming!
I thought it had it all figured out and would know what to do and how to respond when the world of matter and form closed in with all it’s free gifts of fear and anxiety!
Anyway, guess that’s really when we’ve got to knuckle down to ‘the work’ … and I have to acknowledge that perhaps for the first time in my life, I’m grateful for the opportunity to turn towards and sit with the challenges, instead of running away from them. And grateful too for the mental, spiritual and physical strategies, and support with which I am truly blessed.
It’s bloody hard work, but isn’t it funny how sometimes, that which you think is the object of all your problems, can be the very thing that holds all the solutions.
Or more precisely, if objectively studied, can turn out to be the map and toll fare for the roads that will lead you in the direction of the City-Of-Resolving-The-Issues-All-By-Your-Own-Self!! 🙂
I feel such a great sense of relief, comfort, inspiration and excitement, when I can remind myself of what I feel I already know at such a deep level (the energy / spirit part) , and just keep forgetting (the human part) … and it’s little videos like this one, that for me, are the markers on the road that get me on my way again, with my wholesome soup in my backpack, all set once more for the trip!! 🙂
“The fact of the matter is, the substance of the universe is consciousness …”
Thought it was time to share it with you.
PS. I wonder if I had read THIS book when I was a child, if it would have made it all a little easier now?!
This innovative picture book aims to reintroduce children to their innate relationship with the world around them by sharing many of the surprising ways that we are all connected to the natural world.
Grounded in current science, this extraordinary and beautiful book provides opportunities for children to use their imaginations and wonder about some big ideas, and is available HERE at Pure-Li Marketplace.
Posted on March 31, 2015
I am a great admirer of Brené Brown and a fan of her work … it resonates deeply with me and my learned behaviours.
I am familiar with this story, but here is a cute animation to go with it from the RSA, (who do some really cool stuff!).
Hope you enjoy it, don’t blame me if it irks you!