This is the meaning, the question and the answer

This is the meaning, the question and the answer

If you’re new here, you may want to subscribe to my RSS feed. Thanks for visiting! 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 …

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Originally Made For & Published by SoulPancake We all have a unique story to tell, but some themes are universal.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 …

You don't have to find meaning from a story, you get too.

You don’t have to find meaning from a story, you get too.

Simultaneously, life does and doesn’t make sense. We don’t have to know what that sense is. She who believes in chaos is as vital and correct as she who believes in destiny. Entering and embracing this work is moving beyond the contradictions, moving beyond the right and wrongs; complete happiness in spite of complete suffering. We are always changing, with that our deductions and needs change; personal storytelling is the process of living inside that change. It’s like watering your garden, knowing on an intimate level what your garden needs to flourish or wither, your call. It’s not a question of perception, it’s about knowing yourself, which is about being …

You Create Your Life, Stop Waiting.

You Create Your Life, Stop Waiting.

Afraid of being alone: You must love another wholly and fully. Afraid you can’t commit: You must commit. Afraid of being hurt: You must live without shields, walls or armor. You must give up asking and wanting and waiting. Right before you is an open door called creativity, through that door is the opportunity to do what you want and have what you want. Everything you want, without waiting, without asking, without fear, without being a victim. You create your life. 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 …

Living in limited space

Living in limited space

The being that I perceive is not exactly the being that I am, because I have a sense of myself, and that sense is always shifting. For example: If my parents tell me that I am ugly; I see myself as they see me. And at times I see myself according to the looks of others. But I really do control the sense of myself, and that sense of my own self is still always changing. When I’m depressed, all my physical senses are distorted by the depression I have. When I’m happy, I look and feel better, the world is brighter. I can see in different ways. I am …

Be Weightless, Let Yourself Go

Be Weightless, Let Yourself Go

I can remove all that I want from myself; I can release all that is heavy. Anything that is not clear, I do not allow. I expel everything that slows, weighs and holds me down. I can live without limits. This is strength. It is letting yourself go. Be weightless. Let yourself go. 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.