Tuesday, August 26, 2014

things i love

1. art + asana fall 2015 retreat center in tuscany

image + how-to courtesy of shanty chic
2. DIY addy planter

image courtesy of sf girl by the bay
3. lovely creative space

4. bamboo striped maxi skirt from TranquiliT fall photo shoot

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Monday, August 25, 2014

tranquility du jour #321: paradise in plain sight

Welcome to the 321st edition of Tranquility du Jour. Today's show features Karen Maezen Miller on Paradise in Plain Sight. You'll learn how mindfulness is devoting yourself to what is in front of you, how someday never arrives, and four rules for a mindful garden. 

Featured Guest: Karen Maezen Miller is the author of Hand Wash Cold, Momma Zen, and most recently Paradise in Plain Sight. She’s also a Zen Buddhist priest, meditation teacher, wife, and mother. Visit her online at karenmaezenmiller.com.

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Penning in Paris {3 spots left}
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mindful monday: books + people

image courtesy of rachel smartley

While researching creativity quotes for my Anthology yesterday, I came across this one by Twyla Tharp: 

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I'm loving the idea that who we become depends on books (yay, encouragement to keep my addiction going strong!) and people we meet.

Often times we're led to believe it's what we achieve, what we accumulate, or even what sort of milestones we meet. To hear it boiled down to books and people we meet makes it so, well, simple. And tangible. 

While sharing a struggle recently with my parents, I was lovingly told to seek the answers in a book, any book, at Amazon.com. I had to laugh that my deep-seated belief of books holding keys to self-understanding was, once again, reinforced by my family of origin. The apple doesn't fall far from the tree.

As you mindfully move into a fresh week and the approaching holiday weekend (for those of you stateside) ponder this quote. Consider the books you read and the people you're meeting. Observe how, and if, they are impacting you. Here's to ongoing growth and living beyond the comfort zone. Bisous. x

P.S. Here's a peek at my book obsession as I've recently joined Goodreads.

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