This is one of the best articles I've read on women's body issues in a long time...
The Weighting Game
We have known for years that we live in a patriarchal society that inspires women to organize themselves around being attractive and accommodating to men. Despite our "knowledge" that the societal standard of beauty creates pressure to conform and pain when we cannot, many of us still accept society's definitions of beauty and dutifully try to adhere. I'm not talking about a healthy motivation to look and feel good. I am talking about the ways we objectify ourselves, such as literally measuring our value in a waist or bra size, or letting a slightly higher-than-desired number on a scale ruin our day. So, I ask, how long do we wait to lose that extra bit of weight (that will finally make us feel good . . . right?) before we give up the game? Why, when we have made so many advances, are so many of us still, to varying degrees, enslaved to 'the cultural eye'?
Thanks to Tim who sent me a nice email which said:
And gotta tell you: I've had a life-long love for librarians! To me, you synthesize several mythological archetypes--helper, ally, mentor, threshold guardian...unlike typical threshold guardians, you don't put obstacles in a seeker's path--you remove them!
Here's a piece of wisdom that really resonates with me today!
As with any form of plant life- A seed must be sown in order to blossom, bud, or reap any type of harvest. If you adopt this train of thought into your daily thinking you will soon have a flourishing mental garden in which you can reap the benefits.
IF you sow an inspiring article such as this one into your mental garden- you will reap Thoughts.
IF you sow Thoughts into your mental garden- you will reap Ideas.
IF you sow Ideas into your mental garden- you will reap Actions.
IF you sow Actions into your mental garden- you will reap Habits.
IF you sow Habits into your mental garden- you will reap a Character.
IF you sow a Character into your mental garden- you will reap a Lifestyle.
IF you sow a Lifestyle into your mental garden- you will reap a Legacy.
IF you sow a Legacy into your mental garden- you will reap a Culture.
IF you sow a Culture into your mental garden- you will reap an Era.
dropping the stories
each one a misunderstanding
not knowing what's going on
knowing there's nothing going on
To do list:
- remember that everything is already Perfect as is
- love the great Unknown
- stay awesome
I used to be anti-TV and even wrote an article about the topic a few years ago. This is because at the time, I discovered that cancelling my cable subscription made my brain work better and my life became more interesting when I started spending my free time in other ways.
However, when I worked at the CBC in Toronto I stopped wearing the "kill your TV" button on my briefcase and learned to appreciate that a lot of good can be done with the medium. I still feel that a large number of people use TV as a drug for distraction and not just relaxation. I used to watch the Simpsons three times a day, something I can't imagine wanting to do now. I don't own a television right now, but I do see movies and the occasional show at friends' homes.
I really enjoyed Stargate Atlantis, a show some of my techy friends are currently into. The special effects, acting, and dialogue are excellent (the bad guys are scary!) The stories involve a group of geniuses brought together for their diverse areas of expertise to travel together as a team into unknown territory. They are all very different creatures from very different backgrounds but are committed to learning to get along since they're all in this ride together and literally *need* each other to survive.
Yesterday I saw the most beautiful sunset in memory.
My camera's quirkyness created this stripey likeness of it...
Porpoise Bay, B.C.
Alternate nostril breathing is a great tool for balancing our physical and emotional energies.
This is an ancient yoga technique that has science to back it up.
Try it when you're stressed at work! However, you may want to hide in the bathroom, as this can look strange to the uninitiated!
Alternate Nostril Breathing
1. Close the right nostril with your right thumb and inhale through the left nostril. Do this to the count of four seconds.
2. Immediately close the left nostril with your right ring finger and little finger, and at the same time remove your thumb from the right nostril, and exhale through this nostril. Do this to the count of eight seconds. This completes a half round.
3.Inhale through the right nostril to the count of four seconds. Close the right nostril with your right thumb and exhale through the left nostril to the count of eight seconds. This completes one full round.
Julia Cameron's book God is No Laughing Matter: Observations and Objections on the Spiritual Path is a fun exploration of the "spiritual" journey and includes very funny commentary on the spiritual materialism of "Very Spiritual People" and common sense observations about awareness of the greater reality.
Here's a selection from the chapter on sex which I think is bang-on!
God knew we'd like slow dancing. And dirty dancing. And African dancing and spinning like the Sufis do, so your underpants show. God wasn't embarassed by any of it. I'm not saying God watched us like a porno film, but God was in on the whole thing, so to speak.
God invented making babies. God invented making whoopee. God invented tits and ass --- and a few other moveable feasts. What I'm wondering about is how we got so embarassed about all of it? What I want to know was who decided God was a prude? And who got the idea that God would like us better if we gave up something so nice.
On obliterating ossified obstructions: