Leaving for Guatemala in a few days. It feels like we aren't home much lately, but it's worth it. Experiencing other cultures, places, and peoples has grown me more than I ever thought possible. I also realize more, how little I've actually seen and know about the world. I think travel works like wisdom does in that way. Cheers to 2018, and growing well.
“When we get too caught up in the busyness of the world, we lose connection with one another—and ourselves.” -Jack Kornfield
Have you ever been in the shower and questioned whether you had already washed your face? Or spent the day so wrapped up in work that you forgot to eat? This is what happens when we become disconnected from the present moment by becoming too “up in our heads.”
Time for some raw honesty. I have been guilty of this a lot lately. Substituting busyness for real living, going through my days feeling numb, not connecting with people or my surroundings. I think somehow disconnecting with myself has been my mind’s compassionate way of dealing with stress or feelings of inadequacy in my own life. •
Social media can be a fun and useful tool but it can also mislead by glamorizing other people’s lives. I follow some incredible individuals, who are doing some really amazing things. Some of these people travel more, have more fulfilling careers or reside in a more beautiful areas than I do. Unfortunately, this can often result in thoughts or feelings of not being good enough. But rather than shutting everything out, it’s important to allow these emotions to process through me. I am not my thoughts or feelings. They can pass through me, but they do not define me. Where other people are on their journey is no reflection of where I am. It’s okay for me to observe, but I need to stop judging myself by the performance of others. We are all so different.
I felt it was important to put these words here, because I can’t be the only person that feels this way sometimes. So hopefully this post can serve as a reminder to my myself to spend less time romanticizing what other people have and more time embracing the everyday joys in my own life. Because the truth is, I may not have everything, but my life is still pretty damn great. •
One of the prime ingredients used by Ladakhis is barley. In fermented form, the barley is used in the production of a homemade beer called "chang". Traditionally, it is a very common part of their life and everybody drinks it during Losar, Tibetan New Year. Additionally a local Ladaky bread is prepared. Nothing is lost, everything is transformed.
We have been big fans of Joel Alston at @barefootandbearded for a while now (keep an eye out for his incredible work coming out in print in issue 11 very soon), and we are excited to announce that he will be running a workshop in Queenstown, New Zealand this February! Together Journal is proud to be one of the main sponsors of the workshop. Head to our website to read our interview with Joel and to find out more about the workshop...
The good part about Poseidon's long legs is that when we encounter water while hiking he can go straight through it and he doesn't even get his body wet. My smaller dogs would be soaked trying to get through this.