Even the most prolific among us needs to write love letters to ourselves.
I have done good work.
Your life, your story, your words have meaning.
You have done good work.
~Brandi Cheyenne Harper
In many shamanic societies,
if you came to a medicine person complaining of being disheartened, dispirited or depressed, they would ask one of four questions:
When did you stop dancing?
When did you stop singing?
When did you stop being enchanted by stories?
When did you stop finding comfort in the sweet territory of silence?
Dancing, singing, storytelling + silence
are the four universal healing salves
+ where we have stopped them is where we have experienced the loss of soul.
Pay more attention to every moment, however mundane.
Find novelty not by doing radically different things
but by plunging more deeply
into the life you already have.
Experience life with twice the usual intensity,
and 'your experience of life
would be twice as full as it currently is'.
~Oliver Burkeman / 'Shinzen Young'
This weekend, someone asked me why I don't do a men's line.
I replied, I am working as hard as I care to be.
I value my free time.
He said, that is pretty interesting, I like that.
You know what I say,
freedom is wealth.
~Jesse Kamm (photo via)
When we’re feeling overwhelm,
it’s because we relate to tasks as a burden
or a chance to let others down or fail or look foolish (or something similar).
If we relate to our tasks this way,
then the more tasks we have, the more stressful and burdensome things will be.
If we have two tasks, that’s not too bad,
but having a hundred chances to fail is super stressful!
we viewed the tasks as an opportunity
to practice focus and to be present?
An opportunity to serve and add value?
An opportunity to play and be curious?
A place to find joy and transcendent experience?
on a journey toward zero-waste, simplicity, + compassion :: daring to choose fair one choice at a time