Your Soul Food for Lucky Friday January 13, 2023: Keeping Perspective

Happy Soul Food Friday!

This week:

“If you are depressed, you are living in the past.

If you are anxious, you are living in the future.

If you are at peace you are living in the present.”

-Lao Tsu

Mindful Musings from Pema Chödrön:

“We think that if we just meditated enough or jogged enough or ate perfect food, everything would be perfect.

But from the point of view of someone who is awake, that’s death. Seeking security or perfection, rejoicing in feeling confirmed and whole, self-contained and comfortable, is some kind of death.

It doesn’t have any fresh air. There’s no room for something to come in and interrupt all that. We are killing the moment by controlling our experience. Doing this is setting ourselves up for failure, because sooner or later, we’re going to have an experience we can’t control: our house is going to burn down, someone we love is going to die, we’re going to find out we have cancer, a brick is going to fall out of the sky and hit us on the head, somebody’s going to spill tomato juice all over our white suit, or we’re going to arrive at our favorite restaurant and discover that no one ordered produce and seven hundred people are coming for lunch.”

The trick is to keep exploring and not bail out, even when we find out that something is not what we thought.

That’s what we’re going to discover again and again and again. Nothing is what we thought.

Things are always in transition, if we could only realize it. Nothing ever sums itself up in the way that we like to dream about. The off-center, in-between state is an ideal situation, a situation in which we don’t get caught and we can open our hearts and minds beyond limit. It’s a very tender, nonaggressive, open-ended state of affairs. To stay with that shakiness—to stay with a broken heart, with a rumbling stomach, with the feeling of hopelessness and wanting to get revenge—that is the path of true awakening.

Sticking with that uncertainty, getting the knack of relaxing in the midst of chaos, learning not to panic—this is the spiritual path.

Things falling apart is a kind of testing and also a kind of healing.

We think that the point is to pass the test or to overcome the problem, but the truth is that things don’t really get solved. They come together and they fall apart. Then they come together again and fall apart again. It’s just like that.

The healing comes from letting there be room for all of this to happen: room for grief, for relief, for misery, for joy.”

Looking Back –

10 Ways the World Got Better In 2022
2022 was full of challenges, but it was also a year of milestones toward a better future, scientific breakthroughs, human progress.

From Vaccines to Golden Rice: 10 Positive Stories From 2022 | Time

The year’s top health-related Google searches reveal people want to be healthier and happier
Every year, Google lets shares what everyone searched for the most. This year, among health topics, the biggest concerns were exercise and better mental health, according to the results. Here’s what to do if you’re still searching for answers.

Top health-related Google searches of 2022 | CNN

Good news you missed in 2022
A lot of stuff happened this past year, not all of it bad! “Sunday Morning” brings you some of the headlines from 2022 that will gladden your heart.

Good news you missed in 2022 – CBS News

The Ten Most Significant Science Stories of 2022
From Omicron’s spread to a revelation made using ancient DNA, these were the biggest moments of the past year

The Ten Most Significant Science Stories of 2022 | Science| Smithsonian Magazine

Thanks this week go to Kurt C and the Conscious Leaders Collective.

Pay it forward.

Much love,



“If you are depressed, you are living in the past.

If you are anxious, you are living in the future.

If you are at peace you are living in the present.”

-Lao Tsu

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