Mary Oliver: Taking Yes for an Answer

Mary Oliver’s Morning Poem starts our week with the recognition that it can be challenging to embrace even the simplest aspects of life that we ALL deserve.  If we look around, we find that the goods were delivered despite our best efforts at self-sabotage. Brene Brown described it:

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Patti Smith: “If You’re Positive, You Expand”

Sixty-eight-year-old author and singer, 70’s Punk star Patti Smith is one of the subjects of this year’s Pirelli calendar — considered fashion’s sexiest – celebrating female achievement. With her hair grown out gray, no makeup or face lift, and her singular uniform, she presents a very different kind of role model then the usual Pirelli pin-up. Last May, New York Magazine’s The Cut interviewed Smith after…

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a jar of happiness (or other treasures)

We found this today on the strange, great, illuminating Daily Fluxus Do It Yourself Instructions: Instructions: 1. Identify the happiest feeling of the day. 2. Put it in a jar. 3. Switch it if something happier happens. … We’re wondering if this happiness jar would work in a similar way as jars full of air captured in…

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how to slow down, via leo widrich and bill murray

(Video link here.) After we posted the anxiety-producing riff on Banksys “No stopping”, we found this great post called  Slowing Down by Leo Widrich. It’s worth reading Widrich’s process of slowing down. Here’s an excerpt the essential, powerful technique he learned from Paulo Coelho in his book The Pilgrimage; it’s called The Speed Exercise: It is very simple.…

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