Reading… The Dance of the Dissident Daughter by Sue Monk Kidd. Oh this book, this BOOK. So many ahas, even though we share such different backgrounds.
Feeling… filled up from yesterday’s workshop with Sally Kempton and conversations with new friends.
Smelling… minty lipbalm. My new favourite perfume oil.
Tasting… a perfectly ripe white nectarine. Iced coffee.
Listening… the sound of my washing machine. The cars passing by. The hum of my laptop.
Creating… making notes about the oracle cards, ready to send to my co-conspirators this week.
Wanting… more time to read. I’m craving a whole month to just lie on my bed/sofa/in the park and devour books.
Pondering… the bravery of beautiful Jenna, who had brain surgery last week. She wrote to me yesterday: ‘Hi Susannah, I was part of the first Sacred Alone group. I just wanted to write a quick email of thanks! Right after the class doctors discovered that I had a brain aneurysm. This meant weeks of tests and just a week ago brain surgery far away from my home (I live in the United Arab Emirates). I just have to say a huge thank you because the meditations from that class have carried me through this really rough time. So often when scared I meditated – the lake meditation I found especially helpful. Also the doctors continually remarked how peaceful I was and how perfect the procedure was (like my body was helping them!). I am so thankful to you and to that class. It is part of my life, my soul, and my spirit. You have touched my life and helped me to go through the most difficult thing I’ve every faced – brain surgery. Thank you is not enough. I hope each who takes this class is as blessed by it as I have been. Thank you.’
* a post inspired by all the lovely lists I’ve seen around the internet. If you feel inspired do share your own check-in in the comments or if you blog your answers leave a link!
The mind never seems to stop — thoughtfulness from Jeff
The gorgeous work of Taylor Allen
[video] Thrilled that this timely documentary is going to be made
Amusing Amazon reviews (thanks sister!)
Experiences of books in prisons
I had fun talking magic with Danielle Dowling this week
“The only thing that’s important is that you really, actually make the time to show yourself + your mind + your body the love and care it deserves. Even if that comes in an un-sexy, non-Pinterest-sanctioned package.” Amen, Sarah!
Cindy Gallop is a modern day hero(ine)
Brilliant reusable packaging | grass stickies | sushi memo pads
A visual history of typewriter art
And finally, the summer session of Photo Meditations is now enrolling! Can’t wait to teach this lovely class again — being on holiday completely revived my photograpy mojo :)
Happy weekend, loves! xo
Tiny zen masters
Letters of Note: It will be sunny one day | Don’t expect me to be sane anymore
I’ve been enjoying the calm of Noisli
Cacao + protein boost balls | bright spring green salad | lamb meatballs with feta and lemon
[video] The Life of Oliver Jeffers | cool stuff for kids to do
Finally revamped my testimonials page — only took about four years. Oh, and I now have an ‘as seen in’ thingy in my sidebar. I know, right? My attempts to appear professional continue ;-)
Had a few ahas listening to this: Embodiment and spiritual sensitivity
Dogs in photobooths
A Reader-First Internet — smarts, as always, from Mr Jarvis
[video] This is AWESOME — Face-o-mat travels the world
Need: these soaps | this stick-up calender
And finally, The Sacred Alone starts on Monday. For 14 days we practice the art of mindfully being with ourselves for 20 minutes a day. Twenty minutes to savour our morning coffee while reading an inspiring essay. Twenty minutes to close our eyes and sit in stillness before journaling our thoughts and dreams. Twenty minutes to check in with ourselves before we head off to work — or twenty minutes to close out the day, gently bringing our attention back to our bodies.
Even if you’ve never meditated before you’ll find the audios calming, gentle and surprisingly powerful. Plus I guide you through each meditation making it so much easier to keep your focus — they’re like five-minute soul boosters. Click over here to try the Lake Visualisation to get a taste of what I mean :)
Happy weekend, loves! xo