Archive for March, 2014

March 27, 2014

If you saw yourself through my eyes…

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Do you like your body? Are you really happy when you look in the mirror? If you are a woman, I’m going to go out on a limb and guess the answer is no. I can confidently say, in all honesty, that I do not have one friend that doesn’t pick themselves apart. Is it the media, and all the pressure society has put on women? I have no doubt that plays an enormous role. You have to wonder if the cave women were walking around all pissed off that the girl 3 caves down had a banging body. Is it inherent, or have we learned it?

I have a distinct memory of a conversation with a friend, when we were probably 18 years old. She was broken hearted over this boy, and we were all gathered by her side to try to help ease the pain. She was crying…

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March 17, 2014

Strawberry Coconut Smoothie

Take care of yourself.

 

Ingredients

1 cup spinach or baby kale, green of your choice

1 cup strawberries, fresh or frozen

1/2 cup almond milk or coconut milk, as needed

2 teaspoons unsweetened coconut

1 teaspoon cinnamon

Directions

Blend and if it is too thick, add more water or almond or coconut milk.

March 17, 2014

This is for me.

“The city had beat the pants off me. Whatever it required to get ahead, I didn’t have it. I didn’t leave the city in disgust—I left it with the respect plain, unadulterated fear gives. New York is an ugly city, a dirty city. Its climate is a scandal, its politics are used to frighten children, its traffic is madness, its competition is murderous. But there is one thing about it—once you have lived in New York and it has become your home, no place else is good enough. All of everything is concentrated here, population, theater, art, writing, publishing, importing, business, murder, mugging, luxury, poverty. It is all of everything. It goes all right. It is tireless and its air is charged with energy.”

 

-Steinbeck

March 17, 2014

i want to apologize to all the women i have called beautiful
before i’ve called them intelligent or brave
i am sorry i made it sound as though
something as simple as what you’re born with
is all you have to be proud of
when you have broken mountains with your wit
from now on i will say things like
you are resilient, or you are extraordinary
not because i don’t think you’re beautiful
but because i need you to know
you are more than that

-rupi kaur

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March 17, 2014

March 12, 2014

Things That Have Inspired Me Lately

Elizabeth Street’s reasons to bake bread in your own home.

This blog that spends quality time discussing breakfast and her travels.

This cover of “Let It Go” with Idina Menzel and Jimmy Fallon

March 12, 2014

Because it inspired me

March 7, 2014

zen habits: The Busy Person’s Guide to Reducing Stress

 


The Busy Person’s Guide to Reducing Stress

Posted: 07 Mar 2014 07:45 AM PST

By Leo Babauta

Stress is one of the biggest causes of health problems in many peoples’ lives: it can cause heart disease, depression, anxiety attacks, sleep problems, auto-immune diseases, weight problems and more.

But we’re busy — how do we drop the stress levels down while still getting our jobs done, taking care of ourselves and our families?

The busy person might have no time for weeklong meditation retreats, mini-vacations, or weekly counseling sessions. So what can be done?

I’m going to be brief about this: there are five small things you can do. A few shifts in mindset, a couple actions that take only a couple minutes. These won’t solve the most severe stress problems, but they’ll help most of us.

  1. Be completely in one task. Instead of being in the stressful task-switching mode, take your next task, let everything else go, and just be in the moment with this one task. Let yourself be immersed in this one task, letting go of the feeling that you need to quickly rush through it, that you need to get on to the next task. There will always be a next task — the nature of task lists is that they’re neverending. So let those other tasks come later. Just be in this one task, like it’s your entire universe.
  2. See your ideals, & let go of controlFear is causing you to be stressed, not external factors like your job or family problems. Those external things are just a part of life, but they become stressful when you fear failure, fear people won’t like you, fear you’re not good enough, fear abandonment, and so on. This fear is based on some ideal (and you fear not getting that ideal): you have an image that you’re going to succeed, be perfect, have people like you, be comfortable all the time. These ideals are a way to be in control of the world that you don’t actually control, but they’re hurting you by causing fear and stress. Instead, let go of control. Be OK with chaos and uncertainty, and trust that things will work out. You’ll fear less and be less stressed.
  3. Accept people & smile. We get upset at other people because they don’t meet our ideals of how they should act. Instead, try accepting them for who they are, and recognizing that, like you, they’re imperfect and seeking happiness and struggling with finding happiness. They’re doing their best. Accept them, smile, and enjoy your time with this person.
  4. Take a brief walk. When things are getting stressful, take 2-3 minutes to take a walk and clear your mind. A short walk does wonders.
  5. Do short mindfulness practices. You don’t have to meditate for 30 minutes to get the benefits of mindfulness. You can do a quick body scan (see how your body is feeling right now) in 10 seconds. You can pay attention to your breath for 30 seconds. You can watch your thoughts, fears, ideals for a minute. You can walk mindfully, paying attention to your body, your feet, your breath, your surroundings, as you walk. You can do each of these kinds of mindfulness practices in little bits throughout your day.

And beyond: If you have extra time after doing those things, I have a few other recommendations that will help. Eliminate unnecessary tasks on your todo list, reduce your commitments by saying no to people, start a regular 5-minute meditation practice, eat healthierexercise regularly, spend some quality time with loved ones, get more sleep, drink tea.

I should note that many people cope with stress in unhealthy ways — alcohol, smoking, drugs, unhealthy eating, lashing out at people, watching TV, procrastinating. Ironically these cause more stress. Instead, learn to cope without these crutches.

March 4, 2014

Diaz on the body with her new book

Diaz and Handler

March 4, 2014

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