April 23, 2014

Physical Clutter

You might wonder why physical clutter and the accumulation of material things might impact your ability to find and live your life passion — but it has a huge impact. As part of our adrenaline fueled lives, we’ve be led to believe that the accumulation of stuff is a worthy goal. More outward symbols of success reveals to the world that we are worthy and important.

But as you’ve probably learned, material things require time and energy. A big home is expensive and needs to be cleaned and maintained. A fancy car requires money, maintenance, and fosters the subtle anxiety that it might get scratched or stolen. More gadgets, iPads, computers, televisions, and other electronics pull us away from real interactions with family and friends.

We hold on to stuff and have closets filled with clothes we don’t wear, papers scattered on our desks, books and magazines we are done with, other things we hang on to “just in case we might need it some day.” But all of this stuff creates mental agitation and distraction. It’s like a scratchy sweater that is subtly irritating, but we don’t think it’s worth doing something about it.

Barrie Davenport | Want to Find Your Life Passion? Start by Simplifying Your Life

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April 23, 2014
fotojournalismus:

People lead their camels through the sand dunes of the Liwa desert in the United Arab Emirates on November 23, 2013.
[Credit : Karim Sahib/AFP/Getty Images]

fotojournalismus:

People lead their camels through the sand dunes of the Liwa desert in the United Arab Emirates on November 23, 2013.

[Credit : Karim Sahib/AFP/Getty Images]

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April 22, 2014

oldflorida:

Happy Earth Day from Florida, land of sunshine and dreams.

April 22, 2014

nybg:

Every day is Earth Day, but April 22 is as good a moment as any to break out your proverbial megaphone and tell the world about something that can be done to give back! Whether it’s sustainable home gardening, backing a new recycling initiative, or an afternoon spent picking up trash along the roadside, you’re making a difference.

If nature gives us blooms like these, the least we can do is offer something in return. (The whole breathable air and edible food things aren’t too bad, either.) We’ve also got some things going on here today if you happen to be in our neck of the woods. Happy Earth Day! —MN

April 22, 2014
newyorker:

An Earth Day-inspired daily cartoon by Mick Stevens: http://nyr.kr/1iFKAuT

newyorker:

An Earth Day-inspired daily cartoon by Mick Stevens: http://nyr.kr/1iFKAuT

(Source: newyorker.com, via npr)

April 22, 2014

The problem isn’t necessarily that wealthy people control society. It’s that the wealthy people in control are assholes. 

April 22, 2014
theearthinimages:

Pangong Tso, India | Rajshree Baheti

theearthinimages:

Pangong Tso, India |

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April 22, 2014
mindfulness

There are seven attitudes that form the foundation of mindfulness practice: nonjudging, patience, beginner’s mind, trust, nonstriving, acceptance and letting go.

- Jon Kabat-Zinn

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April 21, 2014
mindfulness

"… an awareness that is sensitive, open, kind, gentle and curious. Mindfulness is a basic human capacity. It arises from paying attention on purpose in a way that is nonjudging, friendly and does not try to add or subtract anything from whatever is happening."

- Margarita Tartakovsky

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April 21, 2014
theparisreview:

“In any language it is a struggle to make a sentence say exactly what you mean.” —Arthur Koestler

theparisreview:

“In any language it is a struggle to make a sentence say exactly what you mean.” —Arthur Koestler

April 20, 2014
americasgreatoutdoors:

Rising from the heart of the Tularosa Basin is one of the world’s great natural wonders - the glistening white sands of New Mexico. Great wave-like dunes of gypsum sand have engulfed 275 square miles of desert, creating the world’s largest gypsum dunefield. White Sands National Monument preserves a major portion of this unique dunefield, along with the plants and animals that live here.Photo: Donna Schneider (www.sharetheexperience.org)

americasgreatoutdoors:

Rising from the heart of the Tularosa Basin is one of the world’s great natural wonders - the glistening white sands of New Mexico. Great wave-like dunes of gypsum sand have engulfed 275 square miles of desert, creating the world’s largest gypsum dunefield. White Sands National Monument preserves a major portion of this unique dunefield, along with the plants and animals that live here.

Photo: Donna Schneider (www.sharetheexperience.org)

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Filed under: photography 
April 20, 2014
"Each of us needs something of an island in his life—if not an actual island, at least some place, or space in time, in which to be himself, free to cultivate his differences from others."

John Keats, Of Time and an Island  (via bookmania)

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April 19, 2014
theearthinimages:

Killarney National Park, Ireland. By Sandpiper6

theearthinimages:

Killarney National Park, Ireland. By Sandpiper6

(via theearthinimages)

April 19, 2014
theparisreview:

“I work so much better when I am tucked away from the rest of the world.” 
The winner of our first writer-in-residency at the Standard Hotel, Lysley Tenorio.

theparisreview:

“I work so much better when I am tucked away from the rest of the world.” 

The winner of our first writer-in-residency at the Standard Hotel, Lysley Tenorio.

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April 18, 2014

"Materialism is, after all, the natural behavior born out of discontent with the possessions that we own. We live in a society that breeds discontent by defining the American Dream as owning bigger homes, nicer cars, and fuller closets. Advertisers foster this sense of dissatisfaction by promising greater happiness with their products. And too often, we foolishly fall into their trap without realizing it."

Joshua Becker

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