I’m not sure how it’s Friday again. This past week was spring break for me. I didn’t do anything wild–mostly just did a little more yoga than usual and made time for pleasure reading. And now here we are on Friday once again, and so here I am again with the Friday Five!
I guess the coolest thing about this spring break is that I’m getting tattooed later today. It’s been over a year, so I’m definitely ready for more ink. This is NOT the tattoo that I will be getting, but I found it while looking for art, and just love it. And so it is now the obligatory FF pre-list image. Fierce femme flash art, for the win!
So, I’ve begun a meditation practice; I’ve attempted this before, but this time it’s in earnest and I think it will stick. Although I wish that I wasn’t currently going through such a challenging time, I am grateful it has inspired some really solid self-care practices, meditation included. Anyway, because this is now part of my daily routine, I was especially stoked to stumble upon this Harvard study that explains how meditation can literally rebuild your brain matter. The study “demonstrates that changes in brain structure may underlie some of these reported improvements and that people are not just feeling better because they are spending time relaxing.” What?! I really love with holistic stuff is backed up with science. Very cool.
Pretty solid interview on NPR with three vegan activists from the Human Society, Farm Sanctuary, and PETA. The interviewer seems to try to pose “gotchya!” questions, but the interviewees respond with some excellent responses that shut down the skepticism. I especially enjoyed the discussion of veganism and poverty: “If we look at the volume of resources that are expended to produce meat, dairy and eggs, it seems clear that animal products are, in an increasingly crowded world, the fare of the wealthy. And, we can look to some stark examples — the razing of rain forests in Brazil to raise grain for factory farmed chickens in the U.S., and the exporting of grains from Ethiopia during the height of the Ethiopian famine to factory farmers in Europe, for instance — to recognize that reliance on animal-derived foods contributes to inequality.”
I always appreciate anything that makes me think about how to be a better ally. Most of us have elements of our identity that are privileged and also elements that are oppressed, but it’s super important that we use our positions of privilege to eradicate oppression rather than entrench it. Shannon Barber generously offers some best practices for those of us who want to do solidarity better.
So, this recipe from My California Roots needs some tweaks to make it fully vegan (and I’d also sub the wheat flour for something gf), but don’t these look delicious and springy?!
Stuff from the Week that Made Me Happy
glow flow sculpt (basically a fitness class rave without drugs), michelle tea’s new book (specifically that the book reveals that michelle didn’t really have her shit together until her late 30s, which is just hugely comforting for me right now), yoga, kitten, melting snow, lady lamb, lip-synching sing alongs to kelly clarkson with friends in public, seeing a preview for this movie (because it looks so bad ass!), vegan taco night at M&G’s, planning for tattoo day, ginger & turmeric carrot soup, meditation, being outside, & peppermint tea.
What made you happy this week? Have a great weekend! xoxox