Oh.my.goodness. The past couple weeks have been a lot. A combination of incredibly intense work-related travel and other work busy-ness, coupled with non-stop, pummeling, overwhelming amounts of snow have left me feeling exhausted, stressed, sick, and a little bit beaten up.
I’m not quite over the hump that is the current work-related stress (nor am I over the, you know, ever-present #feelings that have just been all #cantstopwontstop on me lately), but I just have to remember to keep breathing….
And Friday Five-ing. So here goes!
Before you raise your eyebrows at the title of this, listen to Body Image Coach Summer Innanen’s answer; why aren’t you losing weight on “x” diet?: because you don’t have to lose weight. Summer describes what many of us probably know all too well: doing everything “correctly,” still not losing weight, hating ourselves for it and obsessing about what other magic thing we could be doing to “lean out.” Summer importantly reminds us that not everyone has a body that is meant to be skinny/toned/whatever body ideal you are craving but not obtaining. It’s a simple message, but one so many of us are resistant to. The rest of the article provides a great list of questions to ask yourself if you are still attempting to get a particular body type that you don’t currently possess—spoiler alert, most of the answers will reveal that you are awesome just the way you are.
This article illustrates so much of what is wrong with contemporary Western yoga culture. When some stolen items started getting reported at a variety of yoga studios, the teachers banned together to “catch the criminal,” who was reported to be a black male. This article from (a kindred professor-by-day/yoga-teacher-by-night) Sabrina Strings points out just how effed up it is to go around celebrating union and freedom and non-harming, and then to contribute to the criminalization of black men. The profiling efforts led to the arrest of a man who wasn’t actually the perpetrator, and the yoga teacher’s response was, “Oh darn, guess we still have a bad guy on the loose.” Strings wonders how the united front of teachers couldn’t have occurred when the #BlackLivesMatter movement needed a united front of supporters. It’s a really important read about the hypocrisy of this culture.
The recent murders of three Muslim students by a white man are devastating; and the media’s response is telling. Mohamed Elmarsy writes, “Western media outlets will likely frame the most recent perpetrator of what some speculate is an anti-Muslim crime in the same way they frame most anti-Muslim criminals – as crazed, misguided bigots who acted alone. If past coverage is any indication, there will likely be very little suggestion that the killer acted on the basis of an ideology or as part of any larger pattern or system….But what if acts of anti-Muslim violence are consistent with at least some strands of current western ideology? What if Islamophobia has become so commonplace, so accepted, that it now represents a hegemonic system of thought, at least for relatively large pockets of people in some regions of the West?” Important questions we must confront.
So, I am admittedly not quite as stoked for Valentine’s Day as I have been in year’s past, but you know I’m always down for a theme-y treat. I love the look of these sugar-free, gluten-free, raw vegan cookies because they remind me of those grocery store sugar cookies I used to love as a kid. These beauties from Sweetly Raw, however, won’t leave you feeling like garbage. The recipe uses beet powder for the pink frosting color, but I bet beet juice would work too!
Stuff from the Week that Made Me Happy
juicy yoga classes; my yoga community; when my students were super receptive to our discussion on the Black Power movement; a diss chapter-turned-article of mine finally getting published in an academic journal i actually respect the shit out of; job validation (albeit validation that leads to heavy decision-making); more bday gifts and cards that have continued to trickle in the mail; sleep; kitten; how all the natural remedies i used when i started to feel sick actually worked; the kind of friends that drive you to the airport; ginger; broad city (i was on the fence, but i’m hooked now); having more to do than seems actually feasible to accomplish, and accomplishing it all anyway; a covered space to put my car during the snow; green tea; love, in a variety of forms; missy e.
What made you happy this week? Have a great weekend! xoox