cowbite: a sharp squeeze to the kneecap

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Don’t most children turn out fine? Won’t my son figure out that walls are not to be coloured on someday, no matter what I do or don’t do now? Let me bask in gratitude for my little boy, who, after all, might have died or could die at any moment (ever-present awareness of that fact *is* the maternal instinct). I’d at least like to fatten him up, emotionally speaking, before the cruel world starts to eat away at him.

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Sonny Rollins on finding “spiritual upliftment” through yoga

Sonny Rollins on finding “spiritual upliftment” through yoga

When I play, what I try to do is to reach my subconscious level. I don’t want to overtly think about anything, because you can’t think and play at the same time — believe me, I’ve tried it. It goes by too fast. So when you’re into yoga and when you’re into improvisation, you want to reach that other level.

…I’m not supposed to be playing, the music is supposed to be playing me. I’m just supposed…

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Banana, strawberry & spelt brekkie muffins. No mini-muffin tray so made them adult-sized. Oops. #blw

Banana, strawberry & spelt brekkie muffins. No mini-muffin tray so made them adult-sized. Oops. #blw

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Confidence is about yourself, while enthusiasm is about something else. Confidence is impressive, while enthusiasm is infectious. Confidence is serious, while enthusiasm is fun. And fun wins.

Tina Roth Eisenberg, founder of Swiss Miss, on her “personal superpower” of enthusiasm in her altogether heartening 99u talk.

Explore another side of this concept with Anna Deavere Smith on confidence vs. self-esteem

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I like this a whole lot. Yay for enthusiasm!

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We share a collective insanity that pervades human cultures throughout the world: An irrational and unproductive obsession with what other people think of us.


Losing touch with your Authentic Voice is dangerous. When you don’t know who you are, the only decision-making mechanism you’re left with is the crude and outdated needs and emotions of your mammoth. When it comes to the most personal questions, instead of digging deep into the foggy center of what you really believe in to find clarity, you’ll look to others for the answers. Who you are becomes some blend of the strongest opinions around you.

Losing touch with your AV also makes you fragile, because when your identity is built on the approval of others, being criticized or rejected by others really hurts.

Taming the Mammoth – beautiful read on why we’re evolutionarily wired to care deeply and crushingly about what others think and what we can do to decondition this reflex, which no longer serves us in today’s complex world.

As I wrote in reflecting on the most important learnings from the first seven years of Brain Pickings:

When people tell you who they are, Maya Angelou famously advised, believe them. Just as importantly, however, when people try to tell you who you are, don’t believe them. You are the only custodian of your own integrity, and the assumptions made by those that misunderstand who you are and what you stand for reveal a great deal about them and absolutely nothing about you.

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