Hidden Life

Hidden Life

If you’re new here, you may want to subscribe to my RSS feed. Thanks for visiting! Dare I say the one not on social media. The one at home, alone, bored, confused. The hidden life matters just as much, if not more than the highly curated, and carefully chosen “public” life displayed online. The hidden life matters more, far more. It’s not only the grand things that matter. The normal, unhistoric, without fanfare, the moments most of us are currently living right now matter just as much. Honor those moments, honor the hidden life.   Relearn and transform your stories into powerful medicine. Set your stories free here! If you …

Where have you been?

Where have you been?

Here. There. Around. Right here.  The thing about meeting someone who turns you on, who gives you life, who has a smile that feels like the formula for joy; is that they were always there. It seems like you needed them and like you were looking for them and you think that maybe they could have been there sooner. But they were here while you were there, and they were there while you were here. You were both here. They weren’t never not here. You and they were always moving towards each other. That’s not poetry, that’s physics. But as of a week ago, two days ago, a couple hours …

Be Patient

Be Patient

Be patient. Be patient. Wait for the three marshmallows, don’t just take the one.  One shitty job, role, gig, offer, opportunity, bad show = one marshmallow. Be patient, and you will have 1,000 marshmallows. 1,000   Relearn and transform your stories into powerful medicine. Set your stories free here! If you find joy and value in what we make and share, please consider supporting with a recurring or one time donation, between a cup of coffee and some Trader Joe’s snacks. Donate here. 

PRACTICING PRAISE

PRACTICING PRAISE

Originally from Tricycle  It is generous to compliment another. It shows we’re not verbally stingy. When we are emotionally frugal, even if people in our life do something magnificent, we are either too self-absorbed or maybe too jealous to compliment them. By handing over power through praise we demonstrate magnanimity, recognizing and confirming another person’s good qualities. Although praise is focused on someone else, it highlights your own good character. First, praise shows you’re capable of going beyond self-absorption. You’ve extended yourself through a gesture of appreciation. Second, it shows that you understand the qualities of good and worthy actions. If you compliment your friend for finishing her exam, it shows respect for knowledge. Complimenting your brother for …

This is the meaning, the question and the answer

This is the meaning, the question and the answer

What would things look like naked? Without words? What’s beneath the costume? This. The every day. The ordinary (that I fight so hard to run away from). Looking at outside sources and inside imaginings to heighten my experiences, to give meaning to a possibly meaningless life. Forgetting that this, this, is the meaning, the question and the answer. I never have to look or try to create something out of nothing. I have this. This. The truth: that everything animate and inanimate, painful and blissful, is singing, vibrating, and dancing as the word of God. Start dancing.   Relearn and transform your stories into powerful medicine. Set your stories free …

Every strawberry represents a humans calluses hands.

Every strawberry represents a humans calluses hands

Strawberries were too delicate to be picked by machine. The perfectly ripe ones bruised at even too heavy a human touch. It hit her then that every strawberry she had ever eaten—every piece of fruit—had been picked by calloused human hands. Every piece of toast with jelly represented someone’s knees, someone’s aching back and hips, someone with a bandanna on her wrist to wipe away the sweat. Why had no one told her about this before? – Alison Luterman   Relearn and transform your stories into powerful medicine. Set your stories free here! If you find joy and value in what we make and share, please consider supporting with a …

Prayer Alone Is Not Enough

Prayer Alone Is Not Enough

Even the Dalai Lama agrees, prayer alone is not enough. We need to be aware of the echo chamber most of us live in, and of expressing concern and outrage but actually  doing nothing—feeling as if our words on social media are actually doing something, when we are just in the echo chamber of people who already feel like us. I feel that direct action is called for. Courageous, compassionate action, but action most of all is what is needed at this time. We have to stand up against injustice, even if it means risking our own story, our own “life.” Prayer alone is not enough. Relearn and transform your stories …

That Moment You Realize You're In Love

That Moment You Realize You’re In Love

Originally Made For & Published by SoulPancake We all have a unique story to tell, but some themes are universal. That Moment…. you realize your parents are only human. That Moment… you know your relationship needs to end. We talked with individuals who each have a story to tell about “that moment…” Who would you write a poem every day for? When experience with the police escalates, Chris can’t think about anything but how worried his partner must be. Featuring Christopher Rivas Instagram: @christopher__rivas Twitter: @lifestyledezine https://www.Christopherrivasstorytell… YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/Rchris64   Relearn and transform your stories into powerful medicine. Set your stories free here! If you find joy and value in …

10 Easy Ways To Stay Happy This Year

10 Easy Ways To Stay Happy This Year

This is a guest post from Rachel Summers:  This year is the year you’ve promised yourself you’ll be happy. Now’s a good a time as any to start picking up good habits that will help you live a happier and healthier life. If you want to start now, here’s 10 tried and tested tips that will help you stay happy this year. Manage Your Time Well Firstly, you’ll need to manage your time properly if you want to be happy. Poor time management can lead to stress, and in this fast paced lifestyle you’ve got to reduce stress wherever you can. Time management coach Tracy Green from Revieweal says, “Try mapping …

What Do I Need?

What Do I Need?

“Knock and the door will be opened.” Ask for things. Be able to ask for what you need…  What do I need? It is necessary to learn to ask for what one needs. If I ask for a long life, it’s because I have the right to ask for it. If I ask that we use and energy other than oil, it’s because I have the right to ask for it. I ask that rivers be clean and wars stop and wealth does not accumulate for a select few, it’s because I have the right to ask for wealth to circulate around the planet, and for people to stop suffering. We …