Ah, yet more inspiration. This chick is awesome in my books. She believes that everyone should eat great food every day and that eating well means learning to cook. And when she says everyone, she means absolutely everyone.
With that optimistic mindset she developed Good and Cheap, a collection of recipes for people with limited incomes, particularly those on a $4/day food stamps budget. Once the book was completed she posted the free PDF on her website which then went viral on Reddit, Tumblr and elsewhere – there were almost 100,000 downloads within only a few weeks. She then launched a Kickstarter Campaign to get printed copies of Good and Cheap into the hands of people who don’t have computers or otherwise wouldn’t see it. With a 10,00o target she’s reached over $144,000 – AMAZING!
And if you’d like to find out more or get a free pdf version of the cookbook you can get it on her website.
Five years ago, an Indian schoolboy struck up an unlikely friendship with a retired teacher in London – and with her help he is now studying to be a doctor. Even though they live thousands of miles apart and have never met, they can’t imagine life without each other.
A School In The Cloud
These three young activists found creative ways to tackle issues from climate change to voting rights.
Three Young Activists And Their Causes
“Follow your bliss.
If you do follow your bliss,
you put yourself on a kind of track
that has been there all the while waiting for you, and the life you ought to be living
is the one you are living.
When you can see that, you begin to meet people
who are in the field of your bliss, and they open the doors to you.
I say, follow your bliss and don’t be afraid, and doors will open
where you didn’t know they were going to be.
If you follow your bliss, doors will open for you that wouldn’t have opened for anyone else.” – Joseph Campbell
Following your bliss is not about seeking extremes of joy and happiness. It is about following your heart and doing what is right for you. It’s about noticing what gives you energy, and doing that thing. It’s about noticing where your energy gets sucked away, and not doing that thing.
I’ve been on a number of meditation and teaching retreats over the past year, and all of them have been hugely beneficial in one way or another. The silence and stillness gives us time to understand ourselves and our habitual patterns of behavior. The teachings remind us that we are all the same, and that everyone suffers in one way or another, and yet we can all find the joy in life.
However, it continues to surprise me, how many people think it’s wacky or alternative to do these retreats. Find out how sitting on a straw mat, wearing crystals, and chanting is not what its all about. 10 myths busted is an amusing look at what some people imagine a meditation retreat to be.
The tide is definitely turning, as more and more people seek out retreat options and meditation to give them a break from their busy lives. And, if you’ve gone beyond the fear of trying something new, then maybe you’d like to start your own meditation group to share the love and benefits.
The Dalai Lama has had to deal with many struggles over his lifetime, including the takeover of his home country by the Chinese. How does he manage to stay so constantly peaceful and happy?
The Dalai Lama
We are truly spoilt! I don’t know about you, but I LOVE to learn. And these days we are seriously spoilt for choice. I’ve recently completed a number of free or extremely inexpensive courses online, and they’ve all been brilliant.
Here are some of the providers I’ve used and am comfortable to recommend:
And you can find out more about online courses and why online learning is a good way to meet your goals.