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May, 2019 Issue

Have you seen the new Tidying Up series on Netflix? Well, thanks to the new series, Marie Kondo’s method of exploring what SPARKS JOY has returned in a BIG WAY. If you’re not familiar, Kondo guides her clients through tidying up their homes by holding every single possession and seeing if it sparks joy.

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From busy + overwhelmed to joy-filled

“The purpose of life is the expansion of happiness. Happiness is the goal of every other goal.” — Deepak Chopra

It’s not uncommon when I ask someone, “How have you been lately?” that I they respond, “busy!”

We live in a cultural that has made “busy” into a status symbol.

Busy seems to equal importance and success, but often feels like stress and overwhelm.

Is stress and overwhelm really want we’re after? Or, is it feeling worthy and joyful?

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Kinship, Gang Members, and a Heart Filled with Joy

“Sometimes resilience arrives in the moment you discover your own unshakeable goodness.” - Greg Boyle

Father Greg Boyle, founder of Homeboy Industries, has worked with gang members for over 30 years to create jobs, compassion and radical kinship. His mission is to help gang members find healing and, through their healing, change their lives.

But, in his TEDx talk, Pepperdine Commencement Speech (you GOTTA see this version too) and countless interviews, like this one on NPR, he talks about how his life has been profoundly changed from these gang members. Even calling one his spiritual teacher.

His humor, stories, mission and work fills my heart with hope, gratitude, and profound joy.

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Using your breath to feel more joy

Joy, freedom, expansion, love, and empowerment are the target feelings that most of us are after.

Often, we go into action to create these feelings rather than accessing them through meditation, mindfulness, or mindset. One technique for accessing these feelings is through the body + breath. Try this one for joy:

1) Close your eyes and move your attention to your breath.

2) On the in-breath, mentally say to yourself, “I’m breathing in joy. Joy is expanding within me.”

Credit to Kyle Lambert for Variety Magazine

Credit to Kyle Lambert for Variety Magazine

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Must see Christopher Robin

“People say nothing is impossible, but I do nothing everyday.” - Winnie the Pooh

As a boy, Christoper Robin knew the joys of imagination, throwing sticks, leaping over puddles, and sitting by a tree.

So, what happened when this boy grew up and became a working man, concerned about life’s responsibilities?

He forgot himself.

He became consumed by deadlines, time, money and fear.

And he needed his childhood friends to bring him home, to himself.

I’m not sure if Christopher Robin was more loved by the kiddos for the cute stuffed animals come to life, or by the adults for the commentary & wisdom on work, play, family and life.

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5-minute Pea & Arugula Pesto Pasta Salad

Would it be nice to have dinner MADE in 5 minutes? I say, heck yes!

Then check out this 5-Minute Pea & Arugula Pesto Pasta Salad from food blogger, Kelly, of Eat Yourself Skinny!

It’s fresh, delicious, easy to put together and makes dinner (or left overs for lunch) a snap.

A heads up: if you boil your own pasta (as I did) it will take a few extra minutes, but you can whip up the pesto while the pasta is cooking so it’s still really quick.

Grab the recipe below and enjoy!

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Neale Donald Walsch + Eckhart Tolle conversation

What had me laughing about this conversation with spiritual teachers Neale Donald Walsch & Eckhart Tolle?

Imperfection. Honesty. And humanness.

Neale Donald Walsch, best-selling author of “Conversations with God,” was so transparent & relatable about his own imperfections and not living in the present moment much of the time.

I always love to hear spiritual teachers reference their own imperfections and growth.

You don’t have to be perfect to be evolving and spiritual. In fact, it’s only the ego that really wants to be perfect.

Watch this little clip for a chuckle and brilliant response from Eckhart Tolle about presence.