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Monday’s Inspiration

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A few things that are inspiring me this week:

Hojicha green tea

The sound of rain

Pastel colors of sunset over the ocean

My favorite Retro51 fountain pen (discontinued but plenty others to choose from)

My Mamiya 645AF camera

Fuji 400H color negative film

Mary Oliver’s Felicity

Rebecca Solnit’s A Field Guide to Getting Lost

Weekend additions to my native plant garden—anise hyssop, threadleaf coreopsis, cardinal flower and wild indigo.

Vegan black bean and sweet potato salad

Seth Avett & Jessica Lea Mayfield Sing Elliot Smith on Spotify

 

Hope you all have a great week. What’s inspiring you this week?

Love,
Jen

 

 

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Being Inspired

Do what intrigues you, explore what interests you; think mystery, not mastery. –Julia Cameron

Consciously choosing to activate the energy of feeling inspired supports a positive mood and encourages action toward personal and career goals. Many of us create intentions and/or goals throughout the year, and a lot of us ride the wave of inspiration that comes with the beginning of a new year. Remember that whatever we place our attention on grows, so resting our attention frequently on our intentions helps to propel us forward to take action that is aligned with those intentions. But to keep going, we’ll need to cultivate some inspiration. Read more

Self-Compassion

We find lightness and ease in our lives as we increasingly care for ourselves and other beings. –Sharon Salzberg

As you move toward your intentions, hopes and dreams this season, keep in mind that practicing self-compassion may be one of the most effective things that you can do to help you realize your intentions. Some people hold the belief that beating up on themselves and not letting themselves off the hook helps them to keep moving toward their goals, but the research on willpower and achieving goals indicates otherwise. Read more

Mindfully Creating Clear Intentions

Your intentions have more impact than your actions.―Dabasish Mridha, MD

 Mindfully creating clear intentions is one of the most powerful things we can do to create change in our lives. I’ve been devoted to this practice for a number of years, and it’s one of the practices that supports me in creating an intentional life. Read more

Finding Stillness

Be still. Stillness reveals the secrets of eternity. –Lao Tzu

 During this holiday season, it is more important than ever to take time to find moments of stillness. Amidst the end of year work deadlines, holiday celebrations and shopping for gifts, we run the risk of overdoing everything—eating too much, drinking too much and doing too much. In addition, though the holiday season is a time of joy for many, for many others it is a season that activates the grief of loss, and this creates additional stress. The invitation this season is to try to take fifteen minutes per day during the next month to find stillness. Sit quietly and practice awareness of breathing, listen to your favorite instrumental music, write in your journal, watch birds at your backyard feeder, make a photograph, draw, paint or anything else that brings you to a centered, quiet place of internal stillness. Wishing you many moments of stillness during the coming month and always.

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Practicing Gratitude

He is a wise man who does not grieve for the things which he has not, but rejoices for those which he has. – Epictetus

This week, every week and every day may we all feel gratitude for the ways in which our lives are filled with love, belonging and meaning. Recalling that whatever we rest our attention upon grows, may we learn to rest our attention more of the time on what is right with us rather than lament what we wish were otherwise. Read more

Embodying Compassion

If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other. —Mother Teresa

Developing and embodying compassion involves recognizing our sense of shared humanity. It is always easier to label, judge or diagnose than to see beyond the habitual pattern of our judging mind to the humanity of another person. The human mind at rest by nature engages Read more

Responding vs. Reacting

You can’t stop the waves, but you can learn to surf. –Jon Kabat-Zinn

Many of our everyday moments are spent reacting to what is happening by fighting against whatever is already here and wanting things to be otherwise. We can begin to change our habitual patterns of reactivity by noticing the arising and cessation of reactivity. Notice what sparks the reactivity, the bodily sensations, feelings and thoughts that accompany its Read more

Mindfully Accepting Reality

Life is about not knowing, having to change, taking the moment and making the best of it, without knowing what’s going to happen next. –Gilda Radner

Life often does not go as planned. Both joy and difficult circumstances arise. The way to peace and happiness is in learning to savor the moments of joy and to meet the difficult moments with a willingness to stay in the moment. When difficulty arises—in the form of a Read more

Mindfully Meeting Whatever Arises

The boundary to what we can accept is the boundary to our freedom. –Tara Brach

We can learn to be more fully present in our lives by practicing mindfully meeting whatever arises. Learning to be present with whatever comes—the pleasant, unpleasant or neutral sensations, feelings, thoughts and events—allows us to live with a greater sense of freedom. Read more