At the start of the summer, I was determined to use this three-month pause between programs to thin out my life. Remove the unnecessary weights, come back to center. Begin living more deliberately. I don’t tend to be a person that exudes peace or grace. It’s something I catch in myself, something I take quite seriously.
I’ve been gradually thinning out the junk of my body–taking more time for meals & tea, drinking more water, being more active, saying “no” when my body needs to rest. I’ve been thinning my to-do list, becoming less structured & allowing my days to flow more naturally. I’ve been, most recently & most difficult of all, reigning in the jealousy & negativity & comparison that really weighed me down most.
I firmly believe that if you open your self up & let yourself ask for big things, they’ll happen. Over the past few days, I’ve been keeping these thoughts–that I need to leave the comparisons behind & that I need to be more open, even graceful–at the front of my mind. On different days & in various ways, people have thrown these articles in my path. They’re helping me let things go.
- Cultivate equanimity, access more joy.
- Lady Gaga put bulimia & body image on the table: This is a conversation we all need to be having more.
- Royal baby highlights differences between U.S. & British births calls me to think more deeply on future decisions, the access women have to health care & the control we have over childbirth–more doctors are urging women to trust their bodies, their midwives & their own personal strength.
- The Sun magazine published Some Thoughts on Mercy by friend & professor Ross Gay. It’s a delightful pause on the way we live & an elegant pause on race in our society.
I also, on an unrelated note, wanted to follow-up on the chickens. Turns out, hipsters don’t take all the blame: Lots of folks ordering chicks for their urban farm accidentally end up with roosters, whose noise often means they aren’t welcome in city limits.