Wild Geese by Mary Oliver You do not have to be good. You do not have to walk on your knees For a hundred miles through the desert, repenting. You only have to let the soft animal of your body love what it loves. Tell me about despair, yours, and I will tell you mine. Meanwhile…
It’s been a while! I wish I could ask you what you’ve been up to; how you’ve been. I’m going to take a wild guess and assume that you’ve been feeling somewhat happy, somewhat blue. Or maybe just happy ? (!).
I have been wanting to write a piece on meditation and mindfulness for a while now. And yet, there are two reasons I haven’t done so:
Meditation is a personal and often sacred practice- making it hard for me to voice my opinion on the matter without affecting people’s feelings, stressing them out and/or offending them.
A lot has been written about the benefits of mindfulness, as well as people’s personal experiences and practices. However, I do not really see the point in following someone’s exact mindfulness practice.
Do you ever get bored of just listening to music? I have got you covered! Here is a list of all of my favourite podcasts on topics ranging from philosophy and religion to veganism and sports. They’re the perfect way to get your mind off things (e.g. a long run), get inspired or simply learn something new! Happy listening 🙂
It seems that, for many, striving to be healthy and striving for ‘good looks’ have become synonymous. Of course, we are often told that good health will inevitably lead to an improved physical appearance, which in and of itself is probably true (to a certain extent). The problem, however, lies with our distorted image of a ‘healthy’ or ‘good’ look .
“Love yourself before anyone else can.” Clichés aside, behind this saying lies a concept that is both extremely easy to grasp and strangely difficult to apply to yourself. At first glance, who loves you first does not seem to have that great of an impact on your happiness. And yet, if you are anything like me, there is always that little panicky voice reminding you of the vulnerable position you are putting yourself in by relying only on others to feel loved and happy. What happens when they are gone?!
As I was listening to one of the Man Repeller’s ‘Monocycle’ podcasts on vulnerability I realized how very applicable her advice is to everyday life. I guess that was her aim so I could also just tell you to go off and listen to the podcast yourself (you should!). But by doing so there would be no point in me writing this blogpost, which is just sad seeing as I really want to.
This should actually say: “What if projecting into the future just isn’t for me?”. When it comes to eating healthily, working out regularly, and getting stuff done, planning ahead is usually seen as something very positive.
It seems that, every time I scroll through my Facebook or Instagram feed and remind myself that there never really seems to be anything substantial on there, I come across just one remarkably inspiring post. In hindsight, this might have something to do with the fact that I constantly seek connections between just about everything in my life.
One of my favorite activities, and I am probably not alone in this, is watching Youtube videos for hours on end. Usually, the videos I watch aren’t very educational (think: The Ellen Show and Casey Neistat’s vlogs). However, there are always a few inspiring ones that stick with me.