Saturday, October 14, 2017

You Go Girl!

You Go Girl!

It's a few years old, but this is so inspirational on so many levels. Skateboarding in a tutu and fairy wings, falling and getting back up, try and try until you succeed, and that this is a little girl doing this.  
I am RARELY impressed or give anyone/anything my approval. This is impressive and I approve of it.

Thursday, October 5, 2017

No One Else

"Do not think you can be brave with your life and
your work and never disappoint anyone. It doesn't work that way." - Oprah

If you spent years of your life pursing a particular path, then no one else should care about your passion as much as you do - otherwise, it would be their path, too! The sacrifices you have or will make to reach your goal should not be understood by other people simply because they have their own set of goals to pursue. People are often disappointed not because you did something wrong, but that you did something that doesn't match their personal standards. It often has nothing to do with you.

Your partner, your friends, your family and even the public at large may praise what you are doing, but do not mistake that for them understanding what you are doing. Accept that the work you put in will often be invisible to even your biggest supporters and you'll save yourself from disappointment for both yourself and others. It's your dream; not somebody else's. Waiting for a cosign usually yields disappointment, as not everyone can or should get your intention as much as you do.

- Adapted from Braving the Wilderness:
The Quest for True Belonging and the Courage to Stand Alone
by Brene Brown 

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Coffee Please

Drinking lots of coffee is good for you!! Drinking lots of coffee will kill you!!

I don't know.  No one seems to know.

Like most things, it's probably fine in moderation. But then again, what is a "moderate" amount?

I have come to the conclusion that, it doesn't really matter. Life is short, you might as well enjoy it.

That is my philosophy nowadays.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Why (Sometimes) It's Okay To Feel Pain

We think that by protecting ourselves from suffering (that) we are being kind to ourselves. The truth is: we only become more fearful, more hardened, and more alienated. We experience ourselves as separate from the whole. This separateness becomes like a prison for us -  a prison that restricts us from our from our personal hopes and fears, and to caring only for the people nearest to us.

Curiously enough, if we try to shield ourselves from discomfort - we suffer. Yet when we don't close off and let our hearts break, we discover our kinship with all beings. When we protect ourselves so we won't feel pain, that protection becomes like armor, like armor that imprisons the softness of the heart. We do everything we can think of not to feel anything threatening. We try to prolong feeling good about ourselves. Looking at color pictures in magazines of people having fun on the beach, many of us earnestly wish that life could be good.

When we breathe in pain, somehow it penetrates that armor. The way we guard ourselves is getting softened up. This heavy, rusty, creaking armor begins to seem not so monolithic after all. With the in-breath, the armor begins to fall apart, and we find we can breathe deeply and relax. We don't have to tense up as if our whole life were being spent in the dentist's chair. When we breathe out relief and spaciousness, we are also encouraging the armor to dissolve. The out-breath is a metaphor for opening our whole being. When something is precious, instead of holding it tightly, we can open our hands and share it. We can give it all away. We can share the wealth of this unfathomable human experience.

 - Chödrön, P. (2016). When things fall apart: Heart advice for difficult times.

Monday, September 11, 2017

Meditation Music

Find Your Inner Peace

Start your day right, or take a 15-minute break in the middle of your work day. Take a deep breath and relax. This music will help guide you soothe your body, your mind, and your spirit. 



Monday, May 22, 2017

Don't Be A Hater: Clearing Your Subconscious Negativity

It is a challenge when you're surrounded by negativity every day. You get caught up in other people's negativity and the next thing you know: you're on a hate-binge and saying horrible things about another person. And when you catch yourself saying all of those horrible things, your hatred for that person levels up because they're somehow responsible for turning you into a hateful monster.

How do you get out it? How do you break the cycle of hate?

At the beginning of the year, I started listening to some guided meditation videos on YouTube. I listen to them passively, sort of like incidental music. I listen to them while at work, or in bed before I fall asleep. Then I discovered an 8-hour "sleep hypnosis" version.

While I don't believe in hypnotherapy, I can appreciate the positive affirmations that I receive while sleeping. I can't say for sure that it's working, but it helps me relax and calm down. My goal is to not fill my mind with hate when someone is being hateful to me.

It is an ongoing battle, and it is definitely a challenge not to act on my first impulse - to judge and make negative assumptions about someone. But when I do slip up, I also have to be kind to myself and learn from my mistakes. 

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Oh hai!

TFW you have a domain for your blog, but don't have anything to say ATM. So you leave a selfie collage because you're extra AF.

I mean... whatever. I do what I want!