“First say to yourself what you would be — and then do what you have to do.” ~Epictetus
Epictetus was a Greek philosopher [who bought his freedom from enslavement] and whose teachings were drafted by his student Arrian into what is widely known as TheDiscoursesseries of books. He posited theories about how to best use our minds [to reduce the significance of how we react to external circumstances] to lead our most fulfilling lives.
So obvious – but so misunderstood. Living is defined as having an existence, being nourished, to behave in a particular way amongst other descriptions. It’s an active series of steps versus passively meandering and waiting.
**Update November 28There was a change to the contest. It’s been extended through November 30th. You still have time to enter. **
I just re-read my post Femme Time Is Power and applaud my own personal transformation after a) getting rid of 70 lbs. and b) touching the stillness via yoga and meditation. My self-image has soared dramatically this year as I’ve embraced my femininity. I’m looking forward to reaping the benefits throughout 2012 and beyond from sustaining this new attitude and lifestyle adjustment.
Did you know there’s an alternate version of “All I Want”? I found it on YouTube of course! I was editing drafts of future posts and began humming, ‘I am on a lonely road and I am traveling’... I wasn’t sure if it meant I wanted to publish a travel piece, something about relationships or music.
Blue is one of my top five recordings and part of the all-hallowed canon of musical expression from the female perspective. In case you’re wondering Tapestry, Little Earthquakes and anything by Nina Simone round that out.
Haven’t we all felt mixed emotions for certain people? It doesn’t have to be a romantic relationship either. Some people inspire, others bring out the worst. At the end of the day it’s a reflection of our innermost selves being mirrored back. Perhaps we can be more conscious of expectations and what we’re projecting to align with our authentic selves.
Chinese restaurants are always an option but don’t have to be your last resort. I know there have to be some procrastinators out there. There’s probably a few folks who’ve had to scramble to add others to a carefully crafted menu or need somewhere else to go. Charitable organizations tend to be overrun with volunteers at this time. You’re feeling a wee bit stressed and wonder what to do. I have two words for you: Don’t Panic!!
I’m continuing the motivational themes introduced with our Inspirational Quotes Series. There’ll be a mix of multi-media posts including links to video, podcasts, photos, etc. I think defining the scope of these encouraging conversations will be very useful and easy to find. If you have something you’d like included leave a comment or email and I’ll review for content.
Via Ted: Activist Caroline Casey tells the story of her life, starting with a revelation (you’ll be surprised!) In a talk that challenges perceptions, Casey asks us all to move beyond the limits we may think we have. **You can download as audio-only file by clicking on the video.
Nothing says comfort food like a warm meal. Kale, Swiss Chard, Baby Bok Choy and Spinach are wonderfully nutritious and tasty!
Simply Recipes has a great mix of warm greens recipes listed that you can serve as a side dish or enjoy as a mains to reduce or eliminate meat consumption. Here’s the full recipe for Tahini & Kale featured at the site. **Hint** It could be a wonderful addition to your Thanksgiving meal next week!
In the United States today marks the annual holiday honoring those who’ve served in the military. There is also a rare convergence of dates: 11/11/11. Some have predicted the end of the world. If you’re reading this, then I guess their predictions are incorrect – again!
No, we are still very much alive, but how are we living? While we can offer deference to those who answer the call of governments, we can certainly ask what purpose and whose interests are being served. We have to take some responsibility for what we allow in the name of X.