Self-care is a modern folly,
It still feels daring to go and take the time for self-care
Name feelings like exotic flowers
Found in one’s backyard
To take the time to rest
Because that phrase used to mean
You’re allowed to die
After a life well-lived
Spent taking care of everyone else.
But don’t you get it?
If I don’t do it, I’ll die.
If I don’t untie the knots
Of generation upon generation
I won’t be able to go on.
Maybe I have too much time to think.
I can invent a better future for me and my loved ones.
Quiet children dream of wide-berth ships
Taking them to the end of the world
Where time flies away
Quiet children dream their way out.
Their future life will only contain sunlight and new horizons.
Quiet children lower their heads, ready to face storms, dragons, volcanoes.
They won’t be afraid: they face these disasters and monsters every day.
This is why they are so quiet.
They know what destruction feels like.
Quiet children are protecting themselves,
Yet, they dream of adventure,
Living real life, at the helm,
As the ship sways on the ocean.
One day, quiet children will find their ship ready to sail. …
Yes, girl, the answer to your dating woes is available. Like in a rom com, he was here all along and you just didn’t see him that way. He’ll blow your mind. He’s a cutie. He’s a zombie.
The moment a zombie enters your world, your heart will beat faster.
Because you’ll be running for your life, yes. But think about it: you thought you needed more exercise anyway. Want to try HIIT? Ask a zombie.
You’ll practise running, but also kicking—thereby strengthening your hamstrings and hip flexors—and you’ll develop arm strength as you climb barriers. What starts off as a sprint can even develop seamlessly into a full body workout! …
From Mrs Meier, apartment 2B, to the other tenants
Reminder: it is forbidden to do your laundry on Sundays in the laundry room. Take note, 1B. You too, 3A.
It is forbidden to leave your laundry hanging around. Pick it up at the end of your allotted time in this shared space. If it isn’t dry yet, lay it out in your own apartment, without pacing too much on the floorboards. I’m thinking about you, 3A.
This note is intended for all tenants but I hope 1B and 3A will read this because they just moved in and they’re the only ones who don’t respect the rules. …
Love treaded on confetti
Among chariots and sparkles in the air
Among costumes and placards
Love put tears in my father’s eyes
When he leaned towards me and said
My son, my own father never told me,
And you should know it
I love you just the way you are
If you remember only one thing from me
Let it be this one
If you knew how I wished
I’d had these words to live by.
His boyfriend nodded
And on we walked
With the rest of the parade
In the sweet summer afternoon.
“May the long-time sun shine upon you, all love surround you, and the pure light within you guide your way on”
The melody soared from our core and spread inside the room. The kundalini yoga session was at an end; I felt cleansed and energised. Still, a question nagged. We were in the German-speaking part of Switzerland, yet we’d sung in English, not Sanskrit or German.
How did mantras get translated? Who decided on the “right” translation and how did it spread?
There’s been some debate regarding the status of yoga as a religion. While yoga can bring people together and is a spiritual as well as physical discipline, it’s not a religion in itself in the Western sense. …
This doll looks like a troubled soul, it’s true, but it doesn’t have to mean anything, and those dark spots on the bottom of its dress might just be sauce. Yes, it’s holding a knife with a red blade, but maybe it’s supposed to be dicing tomatoes? Why can’t a precious porcelain doll also cook? How prejudiced can you be?
You feel those beady eyes following you around and it makes you nervous? I don’t care. This doll is coming home with us. I got a great deal for it. This kind of collectible can reach well into the hundreds of dollars, you know. And the seller didn’t seem to realise what he had. …
I see you every day as I run or walk past you in the park, I hear you quack, and I wish one thing: to be one of yours.
I don’t want that right away, but maybe in another life. Is there such a thing as reincarnation? That would be neat. If there is, I’d like to come back as one of yours, maybe as a male because their blue-green feathers are totally beautiful, but I’m not too picky.
Humans think they are on top of the game on this planet, but frankly, I doubt it. For one thing, they work. Then they invented personal development. That means one can never, ever, be peaceful and content. One must always be preoccupied by one’s personal growth. And one must also be obsessed by job performance, and one must foresee trends in the ever-evolving global economy. Therefore one constantly feels the obligation to make a lot of money, be a top professional, and be a top human being. …
We had to walk without bumping into each other on a surface that kept getting smaller. Other times, we had to walk backwards. Sometimes, we counted, each in our turn, without knowing in advance when our turn would come. We just had to sense it, somehow.
All of the above were common exercises in drama school. The aim was to rely on our intuition, foster a sense of listening and read the room. We didn’t know it, but we were practising essential components of what the Koreans call “nunchi”.
Euny Hong, a Korean-American writer and journalist, recently published "The Power of Nunchi". She offers the following definition: “ ‘eye measure’, or the subtle art of gauging other people’s thoughts and feelings to build harmony, trust and connection.” …
It’s the season of gift-giving, packing presents more or less elaborately, and wondering how you’ll fit all that in the suitcase/car/plane. Or, if you’re the host, how you’ll fit: all those people in your place/food in your belly/presents in your closets.
Sometimes you‘ll receive a gift card, so the real present won’t be an object, but an experience. A fancy dinner at a restaurant. Credit to pick whatever you want in a store.
I have a gift for you. It won’t take room in your space. It won’t look like a voucher. You can take it, leave it, use it as often as you like. …