Fake news, astrology edition

TWH –It’s a given in some Pagan circles that at least a basic understanding of astrology is common knowledge. Given the incredible diversity represented within the intersecting Pagan and polytheist communities, it stands to reason that there are also community members who are almost completely unaware if not outright skeptical, of its tenets.

It is perhaps because of that wide variation that fake astrology news circulates under the so-called “Pagan umbrella” as easily as elsewhere.

Is there now a new astrological sign in the heavens? Did that downgrade of Pluto cast doubt on the legitimacy of astrology? While neither of these issues is breaking news — being one and eleven years old, respectively — the questions linger because they represent common misunderstandings about the nature of astrology itself.

Even asking what astrology is lead to a complex answer, according to astrologist Diotima Mantineia, because there’s two broad categories, sidereal and tropical. While each entails a knowledge of celestial bodies and their relative positions at a given time, they differ in how that information is organized.

Western astrology, arguably the most popularized style, is a form of tropical astrology. That is the type about which these questions generally arise, and that is the type Mantineia focuses on when trying to demystify the process.

Western astrology is called “tropical” because it follows the path of the sun throughout the year, during which that path drifts between the tropics of Cancer and Capricorn.

This week’s equinox is when the solar path crosses what’s called the “celestial equator,” which is simply the idea of extending that imaginary line up into the sky. It marks the halfway point in the astrological year, which began on vernal equinox.

Perhaps one reasons Pagans and polytheists are assumed to know about astrology is a widespread familiarity with non-standard calendars.

Regardless, a basic knowledge of astrological principles is helpful in evaluating the questions of legitimacy and change that do pop up on occasion. Mantineia believes that if scientists who seek to challenge astrology had that understanding and perhaps did a better job applying the scientific method to astrology, the conversation might be a very different one.

In the meantime, she agreed to assist in exploring these bits of fake astrology news.

An extra constellation

Has the drift of stars in the sky had an impact on astrology? “You need to forget about the constellations,” Mantineia said, because “they have nothing to do with the matter at hand except that they lent their names to the signs.”

The signs of the zodiac are in fact 30-degree arcs of sky, and that their eponymous constellations may have drifted isn’t actually a big deal, she explains.

In her post on the astronomy of astrology, Mantineia uses a postal analogy, writing that “you may live in a house on Big Barn Lane, and back when Big Barn Lane was originally named, there was, in fact, a big old barn right there marking the intersection. The fact that the barn was dismantled years ago and moved to the other side of the property, where it was rebuilt as the new owners’ home, does not change either the name or the location of Big Barn Lane.”

That’s the reason that the constellation Ophiuchus isn’t going to get a sign: there are only 12, no matter how many recognizable constellations are on that annual solar path, which is called the ecliptic. The 30-degree pie-slice remains the same, just like the yard on Big Barn Lane which no longer features a big barn.

Astronomers often don’t understand that, as evidenced in this quote from a blog post on constellations at nasa.gov:

The constellations are different sizes and shapes, so the sun spends different lengths of time lined up with each one. The line from Earth through the sun points to Virgo for 45 days, but it points to Scorpius for only seven days. To make a tidy match with their 12-month calendar, the Babylonians ignored the fact that the sun actually moves through 13 constellations, not 12. Then they assigned each of those 12 constellations equal amounts of time. Besides the 12 familiar constellations of the zodiac, the sun is also aligned with Ophiuchus for about 18 days each year.

Implicit in that passage is the assumption that astrology tracks the apparent passage of the sun through constellations found along the ecliptic, when in fact tropical astrology tracks the passage of the sun through the sky.

A bone of contention for Mantineia is that astronomers are quick to criticize astrology, while at the same time demonstrating ignorance about it. With training as a scientist, she recognized that what little research has been done into astrology has lacked scientific rigor, because bias is left unchecked and ignorance is allowed to fester.

In short, there are 12 signs equally dividing the sky, and that will remain true no matter what stars happen to be visible in that sign right now. Ophiuchus is not a sign, but if it were made one, the name would have to replace another one for that 30-degree arc of sky.

That persistent misunderstanding is connected to the notion that it is those very stars which are directing an individual’s life, but that’s not how Mantineia sees astrology at all. She agrees that correlation is not causation, but “this fact is simply not relevant to the work I do as an astrologer.”

What matters is the correlation between celestial objects and an individual’s life, she says, leaving the question of causation to philosophers and theologians. “A reliable correlation is really all we need to have a practical, reliable, workable astrology,” she wrote in a critique of astrology’s critics.

Underworld influences

In the early part of the century, astronomers discovered Eris, a rocky mass in the neighborhood of Pluto but 27% larger. Rather than proclaiming a 10th planet, the resulting debate concluded with a new definition of “planet” that didn’t include Pluto, which didn’t even get the label for a hundred years.

Discordians have noted the chaos Eris unleashed on astronomy, but did this impact astrology, where Pluto was also recognized as a planet?

The answer is now, and that’s largely because the term “planet” is used much more broadly in astrology, and Pluto still qualifies. Essentially, planets in astrology are the heavenly bodies that move around the sky, and include what in astronomy are called planets, demi-planets (like Pluto), sun, moon, and asteroids. That differentiates them from stars, which appeared fixed by comparison.

“Small, large, dwarf planet, doesn’t matter,” Mantineia said. “What we are looking for is correlation, and we have found the correlations over and over again with Pluto.”

Observing correlations, if it is not already clear, is what astrology is all about. While Mantineia agrees that understanding how astrology functions would be interesting, it’s not necessary to know that information in order to make it function.

She even has found evidence that Carl Sagan, the celebrity astronomer of his day, agreed with that point. While he was a skeptic of astrology, Sagan, in 1975, declined to join many colleagues in blasting the discipline. “The statement stressed that we can think of no mechanism by which astrology could work,” he wrote in a letter to the Humanist.

“This is certainly a relevant point but by itself it’s unconvincing. No mechanism was known for continental drift” when it was first proposed, he went on, but the principles of plate tectonics were in force long before they were recognized, much less understood.

What makes Pluto a special case is its relatively short history in astrology. Its existence has been confirmed for just 87 years, but its journey through the zodiac takes nearly 250. As astrology is based on observing correlations between planetary positions and life on Earth, the slow progress of Pluto across the sky means that those particular correlations are generational in nature.

“Pluto in Leo generation [1939 to 1957] . . . . tend to be concerned with creativity, self-expression, and, if other elements of the chart agree, can be somewhat self-centered and navel-gazing.” For those born when Pluto was in Virgo, there is “a tendency to be more concerned with group efforts, being in service to the whole, and [they] . . . can be somewhat judgmental and critical.”

The best way to see patterns relating to Pluto, Mantineia said, is how it’s in relation to other planets in a given chart. Those aspects, as they’re called, allow deeper meaning to be gleaned through the relationships, much like a tarot reader might consider several cards together in a spread.

More ancient astrologers simply observed fewer planets, but that doesn’t mean that the correlations weren’t already in existence. Any planet not visible to the naked eye, due to the structure of the solar system, is likely to be more generational in nature, making the missing information more slow to change regardless.

Studies may show

If and when a rigorous, bias-free study of astrology occurs, questions about the mechanisms of astrology may be revealed, which could lead to a better understanding of its role in causation, if any.

Mantineia has written, “I suspect we will eventually find that there is not immediate causation so much as a clear reflection of an underlying framework of energy,” but it could be some time before that and other assertions about astrology are tested.

For the moment, those interested are encouraged to recognize when scientists wrongly wrap themselves in a mantle of expertise, but also to be wary of oversimplifications made by amateur astrologers, such as “Cancers are moody,” which references only the sign in which the sun is found.

“There are about 3,000 individual variables in any given chart,” Mantineia points out, and those generalizations are as inaccurate as any misunderstandings promoted by popular scientists of the day.

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Before The Crowds: Check Out These Five New Atlanta Restaurants

Whether it’s a fresh lunch option or a place you’ve seen getting ready to open in your neighborhood, great new restaurants have been popping up all over the city. We took a closer look at five of the up-and-coming spots.

Check them out.

A Mano
Old Fourth Ward

Photo: Esther K./Yelp

This classy new Italian restaurant is more farm-to-table than red-sauce joint. The antipasti, primi and secundi course options are heavy on seafood and fresh vegetables, the pasta is made in-house, and the list of fine alcoholic drinks is long. Dinner prices run $15-20 for most dishes until you get to the sides and desserts (which are not worth missing either), so come ready to pay for great food and a special experience. 

Mulavi
Midtown

Photo: George M./Yelp

The extensive Mediterranean-focused menu is complemented by craft cocktails and beers, and regional wines at this upscale new sit-down restaurant. The burgers stand out because of patties made with a special mix of onion, salt and pepper, and cooked to perfection, with a lamb option available too. While the kabob plates and some meat entrees can run above $20, most wraps, burgers and other dishes stay closer to $10. 

Lean Draft House
West End

Photo: Ariana R./Yelp

The first business to open on the new Westside Trail segment of the Beltline, the combo beer and taco bar features a large patio for people-watching and a motorcycle-decorated interior. Tacos include standards like shrimp and carnitas, but get more creative with catfish, and chorizo plus yuca. They cost either $3.5 or $4 per, which is about what you’ll also pay for great items like the yuca fries and elote. Nachos, queso and the heavy-duty salad are all just a few bucks more. And don’t forget about the 20 beers on tap. 

Upbeet
Westside/Home Park

Photo: Charlye C./Yelp

Simple, healthy bowls based on grain or greens come loaded with proteins, more greens, and assorted condiments and a long list of dressings. You can make your own choices or pick from dozens of designed variations, mostly for under $15. Health-conscious smoothies, smoothie bowls, yogurt bowls and “superfood lattes” and toast also come in meal-sized portions, for between $5 and $10. 

Miss Gogi
Doraville

Photo: Jin K./Yelp

The Atlanta area has a lot of Korean food options, but not much of the barbecue style available without a long drive to the suburbs. While still a bit of a trip from the central city, Miss Gogi has a few special approaches that make it worthwhile wherever you live. Everything gets cooked consecutively on the same griddle by the staff, with finished meats and items placed on small metal racks above to stay warm. The all-you-can-eat option is $29.99 per person and comes with a mix of beef and pork cuts. The juices and delicious grilled scraps blend together by the end, when the waiter knocks you into a food coma with a griddled serving of kimchi fried rice with melted mozzarella.

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Before The Crowds Arrive: Check Out These Five New Restaurants In Chicago

Whether it’s a fresh lunch option or a place you’ve seen getting ready to open in your neighborhood, great new restaurants have been popping up all over the city. We took a closer look at five of the up-and-coming spots.

Margeaux Brasserie
Near North Side

Photo: Margeaux Brasserie/Yelp

For those that are looking for a new spot to impress their significant other or guests visiting from out of town, make your way over to Margeaux Brasserie, the newest French restaurant in town. Located on the third floor of the Waldorf Astoria. It’s the latest project for Michael Mina, a James-Beard award-winning chef out of San Francisco. The space, which is decorated with dark colored furniture, plush seating and gold accents, will have you feeling like you’re in a Parisian brasserie the moment you enter through the doors. You can expect to see a menu that includes onion soup gratinée, dry-aged Rohan duck breast, pommes purée, Dover sole meunière,’ and other French dishes.

Pro Tip: The price range is pretty steep, so if you want to dine like royalty without breaking the bank, go during happy hour, which is offered daily from 4-6pm at the bar and lounge. You’ll be able to eat and drink for $7-$12 a plate.

HaiSous
Pilsen

Photo: HaiSous/Facebook

Chicagoans that were sad to see Embeya close after four years in business can now mend their broken hearts with a visit to Haisous, the newest Vietnamese eatery that opened in Pilsen. It’s the latest business venture for Chef Thai Dang, and wife/business partner Danielle Dang. The menu at the “true Vietnamese Kitchen,” boasts an optional $33 tasting menu for the whole table, or individual plates including Gọi Cuốn Tôm (summer rolls, crispy prawns, peanut-hoisin sauce, lettuce, lemon balm), Sơ Nấu Nước Dừa (mussels, cooked in coconut broth, lemongrass, kaffir lime leaf), Gà Nướng Xả Ớt (grilled chicken marinated with lemongrass-chili paste) and many more. There are also ten different cocktails for $10-$12 each, as well as beer, wine and soft drinks for those 21 and up.

Somerset
Near North Side

Photo: Somerset Restaurant/Facebook

Somerset Restaurant, which opened earlier this month inside the new Viceroy Hotel, is the latest addition to the North Side neighborhood. The space is beautifully decorated with pastel colored walls, high top chairs, gold accents and French doors that stay open on warmer days. The upscale, Italian-influenced eatery offers all-day options, including breakfast pastries, pizza, pasta, burgers, salads and much more. Check out specialties like the squid ink pasta.

Barrio
Near North Side

Photo: Barrio/Yelp

Barrio opened merely a month and a half ago but its popularity continues to increase, thanks to the dynamite food that Top Chef contestant Katsuji Tanabe is churning out at his new establishment. The Mexican-Japanese chef’s latest venture is housed in a 6,000-square-foot space across the Chicago Riverwalk, complete with dark colored furniture, brick walls, a huge circular bar and a disco ball in the women’s bathroom. Currently, Barrio offers a variety of options on its lunch and dinner menu including tacos, tortas, seafood options, burgers, street style corn and many more. There will also be a brunch and gluten-free menu available in the future, so check back on its website to see when they’ll be rolled out.

Coming Soon

Sushi-San
River North

The team behind Ramen-San, a popular ramen joint that opened at 59 W. Hubbard Street in 2014, has a new project up their sleeves that they’ll be unveiling in the coming weeks. The new eatery’s Instagram page doesn’t offer much information besides that it’ll be serving “hand rolls and hip-hop,” but if it’s anything like the ramen spot, you know it’s going to be chill, welcoming and delicious. Customers can expect to find an assortment of hand rolls and maki rolls, in addition to grilled meats, nigiri bombs and grilled vegetables.

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How Hollywood’s Black List Was Made

How did the Black List get started? Not the Hollywood blacklist that ruined the careers of countless directors, actors and actresses during the 1940s and 1950s. No, we mean the Black List, created by Franklin Leonard in 2005, which has allowed more than 300 scripts, once stuck in Hollywood purgatory, to get turned into feature films–films like Slumdog Millionaire, The King’s Speech, Argo and Spotlight. It all started when Leonard created a simple survey, asking nearly 100 movies executives to name their favorite scripts that had not yet been made as feature films. The new Vox video above tells the rest of the story.

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#ElsiesNashvilleBNB Master Bathroom Reveal

#ElsiesNashvilleBNB Master Bathroom RevealWhen we were house shopping, the master bathroom was one of the things that drew us to this property. The original clawfoot tub is such a treasure and the light in this room is incredible! We fell in love with this space and I have no doubt that our guests will as well.

Decorating this room was a complete dream. Since I committed to completely new inspiration for this project, I have had the MOST fun stretching outside my typical comfort zone. I am so happy with how this room came out with a relatively small and budget-friendly makeover.

This post is sponsored by Delta Faucets. Like many of our sponsors, I have been a longtime fan and customer of this company before they became a sponsor. They are one of my go-to sources for beautiful and affordable faucets (I used them in my own home as well), and so I am proud to have them as a sponsor on this project. They have several exclusive faucets and bath products available at The Home Depot and there are a variety of styles and finishes to choose from! All of the faucets in this post are available there.

I am super excited to share all the details from my bnb master bathroom today. But first, a walk down memory lane!

BeforeThis room was formerly painted purple (along with the master bedroom). We were able to keep the frosted block window that is private while still letting in a lot of light. We also updated the existing vanity and kept a lot of the bones of this room intact, while just changing colors and finishes. My friend who does a lot of house flips calls a room like this a “fluffy do,” meaning it looks like a big makeover, but really it’s just cosmetic changes (i.e. big, fluffy Glamour Shots hair??).

Before I was inspired by this little nook, but something felt kind of off. I knew it had a lot of potential, but I needed to up the cozy factor a lot.

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To upgrade the bathtub, without replacing, we painted the outside of the tub (it was already painted, probably many times though the years). We used the color Thunderbolt by Valspar, same as what we used in the bedroom. I plan to use it bit by bit throughout the entire home.

We also added a fancy Matte Black standing faucet by Delta. I love the contrast of the black faucet against the crisp white. Choosing higher contrast design in this home has been super fun.

In case you’re curious, there is a shower downstairs in this home. I know some of you will probably say we should make this into a shower, but I had a shower like this in our previous home and it was not my favorite—the curtains kind of stick to you from all sides. Didn’t love it. I think it’s 100% better as a bath (but feel free to disagree). I LOVE baths! #executivedecisions

#ElsiesNashvilleBNB Master Bathroom Reveal #ElsiesNashvilleBNB Master Bathroom Reveal #ElsiesNashvilleBNB Master Bathroom Reveal Let’s talk about this color scheme! Like I said above, the green paint color is Thunderbolt by Valspar and the white is Marshmallow (which we recently learned is a universal color, so you can order it from any paint brand, I believe—we’ve done Valspar and Sherwin Williams). I also mixed some neutrals. Normally I would never think to mix gray and brown, but it felt right in small doses and I love it. Along with pops of black.

#ElsiesNashvilleBNB Master Bathroom Reveal One of the best ways I’ve found to save a good amount of money on a bathroom or kitchen renovation is to reuse the existing vanity or cabinetry. It also reduces waste. In this room, we painted the existing cabinet, added new hardware and had a new quartz counter made. I LOVE quartz because it won’t stain or scratch, so it’s great for having lots of guests. I like to get the super square, modern edges.

By the way, the paint finish on the tub is semi gloss and the vanity is satin.

#ElsiesNashvilleBNB Master Bathroom Reveal Above the toilet can be an awkward space, so I almost always add a shelf or two. I snagged these from Target along with art that was on sale for $13.

We swapped out the toilet handle and toilet paper holder with these from Delta. Little details like this make a room feel intentional and pulled together (even though we didn’t even replace the toilet).

#ElsiesNashvilleBNB Master Bathroom Reveal These are actually the same Delta faucets I have in my bathroom, just in Matte Black here. They are technically bar faucets, but they work great for bathrooms.

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#ElsiesNashvilleBNB Master Bathroom Reveal My number one tip for creating a guest space of any kind is to use it yourself. If you make a guest room, spend a night or two in it. If it’s a guest bathroom, get ready there without relying on your other spaces. This is the best way I’ve found to notice little improvements you can make like adding an extra hair dryer, putting some travel toiletries in a drawer in case something is forgotten or making sure there are the right lineup of towels. I highly recommend keeping light and dark towels and wash cloths in a guest bathroom! White towels can get ruined really easily with makeup or hair dye.

#ElsiesNashvilleBNB Master Bathroom Reveal On the other side of this room we spruced up the empty wall with a cute bench and print. Then we made the window seat area a lot more cozy with a mini rug, some cushions, a small table and a new curtain.

#ElsiesNashvilleBNB Master Bathroom Reveal When I design a room with a lot of white (which is often), I try to add as much texture as possible. A soft pattern on the curtains, and a textured pillow and rug make this space feel inviting instead of sterile.

#ElsiesNashvilleBNB Master Bathroom Reveal This print is by my dear friend, Arielle Vey. She has the most beautiful prints that add a bit of color to a space.

I am really surprised by how obsessed I am with this black bench. It’s something that I normally wouldn’t call “my style,” but I just LOVE. The combination of the two really speaks to me!

#ElsiesNashvilleBNB Master Bathroom Reveal In this home, I have been choosing black hardware, faucets and finishes. I am really loving the high impact look.

Source list: Faucet/Delta, Tub Filler/Delta, Toilet handle/Delta, Toilet paper holder/Delta, Towel bar/Delta, Black Bench/Wayfair (similar), Orange Car Print/Arielle Vey, Towels/Target, Shelves/Target, White Mirror/Wayfair, Side Table/Wayfair, Seagrass Basket/Wayfair, Pillows/Target, Rug/Target, Black Cabinet Pull and Knobs/The Home Depot, Jute rug/Amazon.

Let me know if I missed any sources in the comments!

#ElsiesNashvilleBNB Master Bathroom Reveal #ElsiesNashvilleBNB Master Bathroom Reveal Thank you so much for following along. This project has inspired me so much! I am so happy I decided to branch out of my typical color palette and finishes because it’s been a huge learning experience for me so far!

And just a quick update on my bnb project. Since we recently found out we’ll be adopting Nova SOON we decided to wait to rent out the bnb until after we’re home with her. We’re planning to use it as a place for our family to stay because we’re expecting a LOT of visitors and it’s not advised to have a bunch of house guests with a newly adopted child (too confusing for her). So the timing worked out perfectly for us! In the meantime, we’ll be finishing up projects and sharing them with you here all throughout autumn!

xx. Elsie

Credits/Author and Design: Elsie Larson, Project Assistant: Collin DuPree. Photography: Amber Ulmer. Photos edited with A Color Story presets for Lightroom.

 

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How Hollywood’s Black List Was Made

How did the Black List get started? Not the Hollywood blacklist that ruined the careers of countless directors, actors and actresses during the 1940s and 1950s. No, we mean the Black List, created by Franklin Leonard in 2005, which has allowed more than 300 scripts, once stuck in Hollywood purgatory, to get turned into feature films–films like Slumdog Millionaire, The King’s Speech, Argo and Spotlight. It all started when Leonard created a simple survey, asking nearly 100 movies executives to name their favorite scripts that had not yet been made as feature films. The new Vox video above tells the rest of the story.

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How Hollywood’s Black List Was Made

How did the Black List get started? Not the Hollywood blacklist that ruined the careers of countless directors, actors and actresses during the 1940s and 1950s. No, we mean the Black List, created by Franklin Leonard in 2005, which has allowed more than 300 scripts, once stuck in Hollywood purgatory, to get turned into feature films–films like Slumdog Millionaire, The King’s Speech, Argo and Spotlight. It all started when Leonard created a simple survey, asking nearly 100 movies executives to name their favorite scripts that had not yet been made as feature films. The new Vox video above tells the rest of the story.

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Jean-Paul Sartre Writes a Script for John Huston’s Film on Freud (1958)

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How Movie Studios Rejected Scripts During the Silent-Film Era: A Cold, 17-Point Checklist Circa 1915

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The ABCs of STOP: Three Short Mindful Breaks for Your Day

The STOP acronym is one of the most well-known and cherished brief mindfulness practices to use during the day. It’s super simple:

S – Stop
T – Take a breath
O – Observe what’s going on
P – Proceed

This can be done any time during the day when you remember. You become aware of what’s going on around you or inside of you, you ground yourself with some conscious breaths, and then you proceed with more clarity and from a place of choice.

Here are three wonderful ways to practice STOP in more depth: The ABCs of STOP—or practicing STOP for Awareness, Beauty and Compassion:

STOP — A: STOP for awareness

Using the STOP practice to become fully aware of the present moment: What is going on in the body? The mind? The emotional field? Or asking yourself: What is out of my awareness right now? It can be as simple as noticing your brain is foggy after being on a conference call for two hours (and that you need a stretch break) or that you have been thinking about the upcoming teacher meeting all morning. Simply stop and take a breath.

STOP — B: STOP for beauty

Pause for a moment and notice something beautiful in your surroundings. It can literally be to “stop and smell the roses.” Use all of your senses to find something and then take it in for a breath or two. If that feels too big of a stretch you can ask yourself: “Ok, I know this is a stressful moment right now, but if there was something beautiful about it, what would it be?” Maybe then we notice the flowers on the table, which blend into the background when we are busy. Or the beautiful braids of the woman in front of us in the (long!) check out line at the grocery store.

Compassion is a natural, caring response to suffering, big and small, in ourselves and in others.

STOP — C: STOP for compassion

In a moment of stress or pain, practice STOP to open your heart to kindness and compassion. Compassion is a natural, caring response to suffering, big and small, in ourselves and in others. Sometimes the tug of compassion calls us to stop, at other times we need to stop and really take something in, so we can open the doors of the heart and invite compassion in. Maybe we are a little impatient with our child complaining at length about something that happened at recess. Maybe the adult brain doesn’t see it as hurtful but stopping and truly listening might allow us to connect with the truth of her hurt and allow our heart to melt a little.

I hope you enjoy these little gems and they help to bring more mindful moments to your day.

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