Caution: You might want to make sure you’re not eating when you read this, nor engaging in any other activity (sex, for one?) in which it would harm you to acknowledge the human condition.
Here’s a perspective that I and some of my clients have found helpful. Whenever you feel intimidated by someone (whether due to infatuation, jealousy, envy, admiration, or whatever the reason), just remember ...that while most of us humans have become quite skilled at appearing polished, we are – every last one of us – at our essence, potentially and frequently:
So go ahead and accept it, and even embrace it, because it means that even that “flawless” beauty or heart-stopping crush is… you know - all of the above. Each time you feel that surge of fear/envy/anxiety, just refer to the list, even if mentally. Sure, it’s gross, but so are we (and so what?). And it’s true. And effective. Enjoy!(?)
Thanks to the brilliant Laura Kipnis and her book The Female Thing: Dirt, Sex, Envy, Vulnerability for further reinforcement of this truth!
I recently reported on research showing that people who think of the mind and body as separate (mind-body dualism) made poorer health-related decisions. If you need more convincing of the mind-body connection, perhaps you'll find it in my new article in Scientific Americal Mind. Enjoy!
Ran sprints (to state the obvious.. dang, it's hot out!) & then had my medicine - the smoothie recipe below. It makes enough for about 2 large glasses. You can share if you want but I like to drink it all myself!
-Giant handful of kale -2 stalks celery -1 kiwi -Few chunks fresh pineapple -1/2 banana -1/2 container single-serving greek yogurt w/fruit -6-8 mint leaves -Big chunk of fresh ginger ... -Tbsp or so of flax seeds -1-2 scoops vanilla whey protein powder
~After I blend together all of the above, I blend in ice and frozen mixed berries until I get the texture I want. Delicioso!