Sunday Shares | What I've Been Loving

Sunday, April 22, 2018

Happy Sunday, friends. I am writing this Saturday evening from my bed, where I've been spending most of the day. Eventually I'll get up and do something more productive, but for now I'm relaxing after a stressful work week and busy morning full of car-related errands, making my way through season three of "Love" on Netflix.

I have two books coming in the mail soon that I'm excited about. The first one, "It's Easier Than You Think," is a book about Buddhism that a friend of mine recommended to me after reading my post about overcoming the comparison trap. In an attempt to learn more about chakras and energies, I also browsed through a bunch of highly-rated books on Goodreads and settled on "The Chakra Bible."

Side note: The "Scandal" series finale was disappointing.

Here's what I've been loving lately:

Coast Modern

Thank you Spotify radio for this one. My boyfriend and I randomly heard one of their songs and thought, Hey this is pretty good, and listened to the rest of their album. We've played it so often that I'm sure our neighbors are sick of it. We caught one of their shows in Chicago at Bottom Lounge, which we had never been to before. It's a restaurant, bar, and concert venue all in one, so we were able to grab a bite to eat before the show. It was a great time.

Ruthie Lindsey and Jedidiah Jenkins on The Love Love Love podcast

I've talked before about how much I love following these two people on Instagram. Ruthie for her inspiring story and radiating positivity, and Jedidiah for his beautifully written words that articulate thoughts and feelings I didn't even know I had. I love posts of the two of them together because even not knowing them personally, you can feel how much love they have for each other.

Even though the two of them are not a couple (and Jedidiah is gay), they're soulmates, in a way. In their episode of "The Love Love Love," they talk about that dynamic, their friendship, how they met, their journeys, etc.

One of my favorite parts was Ruthie saying that she loved Jedidah more than he loved her. She wasn't bitter about it, it was just a fact. Her reasoning was that she loved him more because she was capable of more love: "The depth that you've suffered is the depth that you can love."

Dictionary of obscure sorrows

It's essentially a collection of terms for emotions that don't have their own word already. A friend shared it with me and I spent an evening scrolling through nearly all of them.

Liberosis: the desire to care less about things—to loosen your grip on your life, to stop glancing behind you every few steps, afraid that someone will snatch it from you before you reach the end zone—rather to hold your life loosely and playfully, like a volleyball, keeping it in the air, with only quick fleeting interventions, bouncing freely in the hands of trusted friends, always in play.

Yoga Ritual

I've probably talked about Yoga With Adriene in every Sunday Shares post but here we are again. Sorry, but not really. I recently made my way through her seven-day Yoga Ritual series. Each day's video consisted of 15 minutes of yoga followed by a five-minute sitting meditation.

I've tried meditating before and couldn't do it. I'm too fidgety. Sitting still is hard for me. With these videos, though, I could. It feels good right after a yoga session, when I'm already in the mindset of connecting with myself. It's a series I'm definitely going to come back to time and time again.

Emma Carey

Another source of inspiration for me via Instagram. Emma Carey survived a freak skydiving accident that left her paralyzed from the waist down. She was told she would never walk again. Now, years later, she not only can walk, but she makes it a point to find the beauty in every single day.

I don't know how people like her exist. I love when her posts pop up on my feed, especially this one about her conquering her fears, being back in the air and flying an acrobatic plane. Her story and her attitude really put things into perspective. She is a daily reminder to appreciate life, despite any hurdles we may encounter.

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