Lush Life

Romance is mush

Stifling those who strive

I’ll live a lush life, in some small dive

And there I’ll be, while I rot

With the rest of those whose lives are lonely,

too

 

 

 

 

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Listening Now: Shura

I was introduced to this British artist about a year ago by a friend of mine, and I’ve been enjoying her sound ever since.

Tomorrow, Shura’s first-ever full album, Nothing’s Real, will be available for pre-order. Follow the link on Soundcloud to explore more of Shura’s music.

Learn more about Shura on her website, weareshura.com

Watch the video for Touch feat. Talib Kweli below:

Tei Shi – “Bassically”

Adoring this beauty’s music lately.

Brooklyn-based Tei Shi will be gracing the West Coast with her presence next month at both weekends of Coachella in Indio, as well as April 21 at the Shrine Expo Hall in Los Angeles.

Listen to more on Soundcloud.

Watch the music video for Bassically:

How Mindfulness Empowers Us

There is a story, usually attributed to the Native American tradition, which illuminates different ways of paying attention.

An elder, talking to a child, says, I have two wolves fighting in my heart. One wolf is fearful, vengeful, envious, resentful and deceitful. The other wolf is compassionate, loving, generous, truthful and peaceful.

The child asks which wolf will win the fight.

The elder responds, the one I feed.

That doesn’t mean we try to deny, or hurt, or kill the angry wolf. If we did that, we’d end up in a long battle, all the while somehow making that wolf more powerful through our hostility and fear. Hating that wolf sucks the strength right out of us. Instead we calmly pay attention to the angry wolf and let go of believing they have the answers. If we can do that, they end up lying down next to us, no longer an enemy.

We help strengthen the kind and loving wolf, giving it nourishment and support so that we can follow it. That peaceful wolf can become our steady companion and show us the way through all different kinds of life experiences.

Restful or chaotic, enjoyable or disappointing experiences may come and go, but we can have a guide with us, through it all.

This is what mindfulness can help you do.

Mindfulness allows us to see our thoughts and feelings as they are beginning. It’s very powerful to know what we’re feeling, as we’re feeling it, know what we’re thinking, as we’re thinking it. With mindfulness, we can choose what will strengthen and bring into action, and we can choose what we will gently let go of. We don’t have to be at the mercy of old habits, or old ways of thinking, or old ways of being.

We are empowered, it just takes practice.

Source: Happify

As Narrated by Sharon Salzberg