Category: books

We live so much of our lives pushed forward by…

We live so much of our lives pushed forward by these “if only” thoughts, and yet the itch remains. The pursuit of happiness becomes the source of our unhappiness.

“The first step of yoga is to learn to see you…

“The first step of yoga is to learn to see yourself in others – and to respect, to be reverent, and be compassionate to all beings. I wish everyone would learn [this]. It’s the best thing to contribute for world peace and to prepare one for self-knowledge.”

Yoga: Teh Secret of Life

Unhelpful Statements for those needing a shoul…

  • Everything happens for a reason. 
  • This is God’s plan.
  • What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.
  • It could be worse. 
  • At least it’s not cancer.
  • Just think positive thoughts. 
  • God doesn’t give you more than you can handle. 
  • At least you have one healthy child.
  • You can always just adopt.

    Really, anything beginning with “just” or “at least.” 

BOOK: There Is No Good Card For This

I’m reading my empathy book and I’ve been sharing it over the past few days. Thanks for reading the posts, your comments are great! 

In the last chapter of this book, the author talks about what NOT to say. So, I’m sharing. 

You’re not an expert. 

Unless you actually ARE an expert, whose expertise is being asked for, hearing news of someone’s crisis is not the time to offer up casual theories about their misfortune. 

Doing this leads to two hurtful implications: 
1. The event was preventable and/or deserved, because if this person had only done X or Y they would be fine
2. Your fact-finding mission is less about providing comfort than about “weeding out” the source of a problem – to make sure it doesn’t happen to you. 

Spoiler Alert: Bad things happen

Being there for a friend in moments of suffering can actually lead to more joy. 

1. Show up for them. 
2. Your kindness is your credential.
3. Listening speaks voulmes
4. Small gestures make a big difference. 

I thought this Yoga for Kids book was so cute….

I thought this Yoga for Kids book was so cute. It has how-tos for individual poses and then it also has short sequences you can (easily) teach your kids! xoxo

I just got this book on forest bathing (😍) so…

I just got this book on forest bathing (😍) so I’ll share some wisdom as I read it! 

Rock Steady: Brilliant Advice from My Bipolar …

Rock Steady: Brilliant Advice from My Bipolar Life via hyperallergic

The Meaning of Life

The meaning of life differs from man to man, from day to day, from hour to hour. What matters, therefore, is not the meaning of life in general but rather the specific meaning of a person’s life at a given moment. To put the question in general terms would be to the question posed to a chess champion: “Tell me, Master, what is the best move in the world?” There simply is no such thing as the best or even a good move apart from a particular situation in a game and the particular personality of one’s opponent. The same holds for human existence. One should not search for an abstract meaning of life. Everyone has his own specific vocation or mission in life to carry out a concrete assignment which demands fulfillment. Therein he cannot be replaced, nor can his life be repeated. Thus, everyone’s task is as unique as is his specific opportunity to implement it.

As each situation in life represents a challenge to man and presents a problem for him to solve, the question of the meaning of life may actually be reversed. Ultimately, man should not ask what the meaning of life is, but rather he must recognize that it is he who is asked. In a word, each man is questioned by life; and he can only answer to life by answering for his own life; to life he can only respond by being responsible.



  • 4 ½ cups rolled oats
  • 1 cup raisins
  • ½ cup chopped dried fruit
  • ½ cup chopped walnuts
  • ½ cup chopped almonds
  • ½ cup unsweetened shredded coconut
  • ¼ cup roasted sunflower seeds
  1. Combine ingredients in a large bowl. 
  2. Mix well
  3. Store in an airtight container.

    Should keep for up to 2 months at room temperature. 

The China Study Cookbook offers recipes that are based on the following foods: Fruits, Grains, Leaves, Roots, Legumes, Flowers, Nuts, Mushrooms. These recipes focus more on nutrients and less on “macros.”