There are a lot of negative connotations associated with the phrase 'give up' or 'giving up'. Giving up seems defeatist and therefore those who give up are deemed losers. Praise is reserved for those who 'fight for it' or 'fight back' or 'die fighting'. There was a rape victim in the US, who in the [...]
Maddened with grief Kisa Gotami carried the dead body of her son to Shakyamuni, hoping The Buddha would be able to magick her son back to life. The Buddha agreed to try. He needed some mustard seeds he said, from the household that has never seen death. Feeling hopeful, Kisa Gotami started knocking on doors [...]
I recognise the incredible amount of privilege being thin offers me. I am automatically thought of as more attractive, more intelligent, more healthy. I'd be stupid not to enjoy it except that I distinctly remember, at age 16, being told I was too thin to be found attractive by any man. So I'm not impressed [...]
Enfold me in an embrace That is long enough, Strong enough, For me to sigh. But not so long that I'd cry And shrug the sky Off my shoulders. It's my nature to endure, My strength I am sure of. It's my softness that comes alive In your arms That needs renewing.
I'm always chastised for leaving in the cup, A little coffee or tea or me, This is the foresight of the lonely, I protest. A little bit of stagnant hope that can be continually rewarmed, In the microwave, whose tinny music Is more soothing than judgemental. At the lowest ebb, peering over the edge of [...]
After two weeks of no exercise and pretty much sitting for hours on end trying to meet a deadline, I step onto the track reluctantly. My brain tells me I should be out partying over successfully beating the deadline, not dragging my inertia-laden body to the gymkhana for my evening run. One kilometre into the [...]
I look wistfully at the cute pair of neon running shorts with its matching tank top that I picked up from a big fitness brand store. An expensive waste, when I am fully aware, having have been told over and over, that if you want to run you can even do it in a salwar [...]