MIND: Sifting

You have been offered “the gift of crisis.” As Kathleen Norris reminds us, the Greek root of the word crisis is “to sift,” as in, to shake out the excesses and leave only what’s important. That’s what crises do. They shake things up until we are forced to hold on to only what matters most. The rest falls away.

Carry On, Warrior // Glennon Melton

MIND: Diversions

Our crisis is no longer material; it’s existential, it’s spiritual.
We have so much fucking stuff and so many opportunities
that we don’t even know what to give a fuck about anymore.

The Subtle Art of Not Giving a Fuck // Mark Manson

MIND: Centre

When you surrender to what is and so become fully present,
the past ceases to have any power.
The realm of Being, which had been obscured by the mind, then opens up.

Suddenly, a great stillness arises within you, an unfathomable sense of peace.
And within that peace, there is great joy.
And within that joy, there is love.
And at the innermost core, there is the sacred, the immeasurable,
That which cannot be named.

// Eckhart Tolle

MIND: Attentive

I’m not a mess but a deeply feeling person in a messy world. I explain that now, when someone asks me why I cry so often, I say, “For the same reason I laugh so often – because I’m paying attention.” I tell them that we can choose to be perfect and admired or to be real and loved. We must decide.

Love Warrior // Glennon Doyle Melton

MIND: Uncertainty

We are all so afraid of uncertainty that we want a guarantee before we even try. It’s a numbers game. To play any game, you have to start. To win, you need to keep going. If you want to make your dreams come true, get ready for the long game.

Life is not a “one-and-done” sort of deal. You’ve got to work for what you want. Picasso created nearly 100 masterpieces in his lifetime, but what most people don’t know is that he created a total of more than 50,000 works of art… That’s two pieces of art a day. Success is a numbers game. You are not going to win if you keep telling yourself to wait. The more often that you choose courage, the more likely you’ll succeed.

The 5 Second Rule // Mel Robbins

MIND: Appetite

A consequence of female self-love is that the woman grows convinced of social worth. Her love for her body will be unqualified, which is the basis of female identification. If a woman loves her own body, she doesn’t grudge what other women do with theirs; if she loves femaleness, she champions its rights.

It’s true what they say about women: Women are insatiable. We are greedy. Our appetites do need to be controlled if things are to stay in place. If the world were ours too, if we believed we could get away with it, we would ask for more love, more sex, more money, more commitment to children, more food, more care.

These sexual, emotional, and physical demands would begin to extend to social demands: payment for care of the elderly, parental leave, childcare, etc. The force of female desire would be so great that society would truly have to reckon with what women want, in bed and in the world.

The Beauty Myth // Naomi Wolf

MIND: Shortcomings

If you feel okay only when life is happy and easy-breezy-beautiful Cover-Girl, then guess what? You are not free. You are the prisoner of your own indulgences, enslaved by your own intolerance, crippled by your own emotional weakness. You will constantly feel a need for some external comfort or validation that may or may not ever come.

Everything is F*cked: A Book About Hope // Mark Manson