“Once the storm is over you won’t remember how you made it through, how you managed to survive. You won’t even be sure, in fact, whether the storm is really over. But one thing is certain. When you come out of the storm you won’t be the same person who walked in. That’s what this storm’s all about.”—Haruki Murakami (via in-finitus)
“Be intellectually and morally rigorous in your own decision-making, and expect that the important people in your life do the same, if they want to stay important to you.”—Rachel Maddow, Smith College 2010 Commencement Address (via transformfeminism)
“The ultimate state of love is freedom, absolute freedom, and any relationship that destroys freedom is not worthwhile. Love is a sacred art. To be in love is to be in a holy relationship.”—Osho (via paperlover)
“Being tender and open is beautiful. As a woman, I feel continually shhh’ed. Too sensitive. Too mushy. Too wishy washy. Blah blah. Don’t let someone steal your tenderness. Don’t allow the coldness and fear of others to tarnish your perfectly vulnerable beating heart. Nothing is more powerful than allowing yourself to truly be affected by things. Whether it’s a song, a stranger, a mountain, a rain drop, a tea kettle, an article, a sentence, a footstep…feel it all – look around you. All of this is for you. Take it and have gratitude. Give it and feel love.”—Zooey Deschanel (via creatingaquietmind)
“The world into which we are born is brutal and cruel, and at the same time of divine beauty. Which element we think outweighs the other, whether meaninglessness or meaning, is a matter of temperament. If meaninglessness were absolutely preponderant, the meaningfulness of life would vanish to an increasing degree with each step in our development. But that is or seems to me not the case. Probably as in all metaphysical questions, both are true; life is or has meaning and meaninglessness. I cherish the anxious hope that meaning will be preponderate and win the battle.”—Carl Jung, Memories, Dreams, Reflections, (Vintage Books, 1989)
“It’s tough to associate creativity with mental illness because obviously if you’re very ill, it gets in the way. … But one of the theories now is that the terrible swings of the mental illness – of bipolar depression – you get these manic highs, these euphorias, where the ideas just pour out of you. And you need to write them down. That’s followed by this dismal low period when maybe you’re a better editor. Maybe it’s easier for you to focus and refine those epiphanies into a perfect form. … The thinking is maybe the correlation exists because the swings of mental illness echo the natural swings of the creative process.”—Jonah Lehrer, on the link between depression and creativity. [complete interview here] (via nprfreshair)
“There is no coming to consciousness without pain. People will do anything, no matter how absurd, in order to avoid facing their own soul. One does not become enlightened by imagining figures of light, but by making the darkness conscious.”—Carl Jung (via psychedelic-freak)
“WE ARE NOT allowed this. We are allowed to be deeply into basketball, or Buddhism, or Star Trek, or jazz, but we are not allowed to be deeply sad. Grief is a thing that we are encouraged to “let go of,” to “move on from,” and we are told specifically how this should be done. Countless well-intentioned friends, distant family members, hospital workers, and strangers I met at parties recited the famous five stages of grief to me: denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance. I was alarmed by how many people knew them, how deeply this single definition of the grieving process had permeated our cultural consciousness. Not only was I supposed to feel these five things, I was meant to feel them in that order and for a prescribed amount of time.”—The incredible Cheryl Strayed (no, really, read Torch, right now, go get it and then leave work and go home) is Dear Sugar (via flavorpill)
Though Happy Herbivore (& Drs Esselstyn & Campbell) make awesome and valid points about whole foods vs processed, other doctors have a different perspective on smoothies. Check out this link from my own personal nutrition guru, Vegan Epicurean. It’s well documented with tons of research (15 endnotes!) and focuses on how smoothies can indeed be healthy (because sometimes (not always, nothing is ever always), they really are not—it has a lot to do with what ingredients (and how much of said ingredients) are going into your smoothies…focus on kale, y’all, KALE!).
Yes! Do yourselves a favor and make some well-balanced, perfectly delicious green smoothies.