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And the Universe said

[image of a Google search prompt showing: and the universe said, and the universe said i love you, and the universe said you are not alone, and the universe said you are the daylight]

Self-Care Bill of Rights” by Aisha Moore

I have the right to:

  • Put my mental, physical, emotional, and spiritual health above everything and everyone else
  • Put self-love into action
  • Give to others and this world in a way that energizes me
  • Make decisions about my time without guilt
  • Adequate sleep
  • Focus on my physical body and outward appearance
  • Pamper myself
  • Define leadership and success in a way that supports self-love in action
  • Develop new habits that support my self-care
  • Speak the truth in all situations

My Body My Friend

“and i said to my body, softly. ‘i want to be your friend.’ it took a long breath. and replied, ‘i have been waiting my whole life for this.'”

Recently I posted a picture of myself in my kitchen, and I immediately started receiving generous messages from people wanting to help me “update” it. Along with their messages came pictures of how my kitchen could look, if I’d just put some effort and money into it…

But as I lay down to sleep, I remembered this passage from Thoreau’s Walden: “I say beware of all enterprises that require new clothes and not a new wearer of the clothes.” Walden reminds me that when I feel lacking- I don’t need new things, I need new eyes with which to see the things I already have. So when I woke up this morning, I walked into my kitchen wearing fresh perspectacles. Here’s what I saw…

Read the full lovely gratitude post by Glennon here.

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At the Columbus College of Art and Design, two rogue college students are creating quite a stir… but not by any normal means. They aren’t cheating or stealing, they are causing a creative riot. The anonymous duo, who go by the name Dangerdust, sneak into a classroom each week and create a masterpiece out of nothing but chalk. (Source)

Dangerdust: Tumblr // Facebook // Etsy

The usually colorful Cyrille was quite somber when I arrived for a long overdue haircut. A friend of his died yesterday, he shared with me quietly. Then not even five minutes later, one of his fellow stylists cried out, “He’s here!” while staring intently at her phone. Her baby nephew had just been born. It was a sweet and poignant moment, as she dashed around the room showing off his picture to everyone.

I’ve begun to think of humanity as a kind of wild and beautiful macroorganism. Something more profound than mere empathy is at play in our shared joys and pains. When we honor and respect one another, we are really aiding and nurturing ourselves. And when we hurt each other, whether through violence or callous disdain, we harm not just an individual but our collective being.

We are blessed in that we can consciously shape our collective future. I can almost see it, a great flowering of humanity over time. Ancestors, activists, and inventors–many before us have given to build the world we share today. Can we do no less for future generations?

I believe, naively perhaps, but quite passionately, that we have the ability to create heaven on earth. It happens when we share our stories with one another, acknowledge each other with compassion, lend a helping hand, and ask for support when we need it.

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via Naterade and Kitsi in a box

 

“I am learning every day to allow the space between where I am and where I want to be to inspire me and not terrify me.”

–Tracee Ellis Ross

HHDL“Today, as we wish each other a Happy New Year, let us determine to be more sincere, compassionate, warm-hearted human beings, trying to make our world a more equal place. That way we’ll actually make it a happy year.”

Dalai Lama

Walt Whitman by Becca Ward

Walt Whitman by Becca Ward

“This is what you shall do; Love the earth and sun and the animals, despise riches, give alms to every one that asks, stand up for the stupid and crazy, devote your income and labor to others, hate tyrants, argue not concerning God, have patience and indulgence toward the people, take off your hat to nothing known or unknown or to any man or number of men, go freely with powerful uneducated persons and with the young and with the mothers of families, read these leaves in the open air every season of every year of your life, re-examine all you have been told at school or church or in any book, dismiss whatever insults your own soul, and your very flesh shall be a great poem and have the richest fluency not only in its words but in the silent lines of its lips and face and between the lashes of your eyes and in every motion and joint of your body.”

–Walt Whitman from Leaves of Grass