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Posted by on Apr 3, 2013 | 0 comments

Katie Makkai – Pretty

This really resonates; as, I’ve been contemplating the pointlessness of pursing ever elusive beauty standards, while women suffer and die at the hands of misogynists the world over. It seems like a vacuous distraction from far more important things. While there is an undeniable connection between physiological and psychological wellness, pursuit of the beauty standard doesn’t have any real connection to healthy living.  Radical self-care is the way to genuine health for your whole self (mind, body, spirit).

 

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Posted by on Jan 16, 2013 | 2 comments

Wanderlust and the Present Moment

I recently returned from an awesome three week trip that temporarily exacerbated my longing for early retirement.

While travel is one of my passions, I realize that all power is in the present. Instead of dragging  myself through my normal everyday life, I’ve decided to spend less time dreaming about living out my future plans and more time enjoying where I am right now. Instead of taking on a resolution that would be forgotten by the second week of January, I’ve decided to give the year a general focus.  My only objective for 2013 is to develop my ability to stay present and face everyday with a grateful spirit.

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Posted by on Sep 25, 2012 | 0 comments

No Hierarchy Only Love

11033970-102749628I’ve been working with a local graphic artist on a great design that captures the essence of the message I intend to spread with EatingBeautiful. Check out the finished product.

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Posted by on Sep 10, 2012 | 0 comments

10 days of silence and Vipassana meditation

I’m back from the 10 day meditation retreat that I’ve been looking forward to all summer.  Although it was a rewarding experience, it was nothing like what I’d expected.  The meditation method itself was extremely simple, but effective.  I had imagined it would have a more mystical quality; but, it encompassed little more than body awareness and developing the ability to accept reality as it is.  Since childhood you are told that the only thing constant in life is change; yet you never make the connection that longing for pleasant situations to be permanent, and trying desperately to avoid any experience you perceive as undesirable, is a fantastic way to generate endless misery and dissatisfaction in life.  This meditation method helps you to make that connection and begin learning to develop a balanced mind in which you no longer suffer because of your cravings and aversions.  It’s a very simple concept; but, truly accepting the impermanence of all things is such a game changer.  Imagine how one might react to a hunger pang if it’s temporary nature was understood.  Does it make sense to imbue physical appearance with  importance when it is sure to change?  How do you cope with a sudden change in circumstances, like job loss or a change in marital status, if you never lose sight of the fact that change is constant? I’m not sure that this is the meditation method I will be using over the long-term; but, the takeaways that I can already pinpoint from the retreat are so numerous that it was definitely worth the effort.

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Posted by on May 29, 2012 | 0 comments

Minimalism

I dedicated the bulk of my holiday weekend to reading all the posts on mnmlist. There is so much to think about there.  Here is an except from a post, entitled “minimalism vs. the corporation”, that reasonated with me.

What part of our lives isn’t controlled by corporations? A tiny portion, one that’s shrinking rapidly.
Minimalism is a way to shake free of those shackles, slowly. It’s a way of saying, “I don’t need to buy more, to work more in order to get more of your products and services. In fact, I can be happy, content, joyful, creative without spending a single dime. All I need is the sun and the trees and the water and a good friend.”
Minimalism is finding ways to live that aren’t controlled by the corporations.
A human being is a living, feeling complex organism whose single goal is the perpetuation of its genes through survival and reproduction. A corporation is a non-living, non-feeling complex organization whose single goal is earning more profits for its shareholders. And while I’m not against making money, I do think that the pure profit motive isn’t always compatible with our survival interests as human beings.
Consider: a corporation wants to maximize profits, and to do so it will often cut corners, endangering our health and the environment. It will deceive us so that we will spend our money on its products. It will treat its employees horribly, to cut costs and drive up production. It will treat living, feeling animals like objects to be manufactured, cut up, processed, fried and packaged, ignoring the suffering of those animals because profits matter, not compassion. It will happily make us fat, because it knows that selling fried food devoid of nutrition is good for profits, while we die from heart disease and diabetes and cancer. Our earth is being devastated, which is good for profits but not for us as humans.
It’s time to stop this madness. The corporation is a hungry beast, and we keep feeding it. Let’s walk away, and let it die from hunger. Let’s free ourselves, and create a world where living things are more important than profits.

Since most of us eat upwards of three times a day, I think it’s a practice that should match our values/way of seeing the world.  If you don’t believe in heiracy, is that evident at your dinner table?  If you feel the centralization of wealth is responsible for the demise of the working class – do you pocket that belief at meal time?  I’m working on congruence. The end goal is for my meals to affirm things that I believe to be true, not to run counter to my ideals.

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