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The  Monk Manifesto

Christine Valtners Paintner

  1. I commit to finding moments each day for silence and solitude, to make space for another voice to be heard, and to resist a culture of noise and constant stimulation.
  2. I commit to radical acts of hospitality by welcoming the stranger both without and within. I recognize that when I make space inside my heart for the unclaimed parts of myself, I cultivate compassion and the ability to accept those places in others.
  3. I commit to cultivating community by finding kindred spirits along the path, soul friends with whom I can share my deepest longings, and mentors who can offer guidance and wisdom for the journey.
  4. I commit to cultivating awareness of my kinship with creation and a healthy asceticism by discerning my use of energy and things, letting go of what does not help nature to flourish.
  5. I commit to bringing myself fully present to the work I do, whether paid or unpaid, holding a heart of gratitude for the ability to express my gifts in the world in meaningful ways.
  6. I commit to rhythms of rest and renewal through the regular practice of Sabbath and resist a culture of busyness that measures my worth by what I do.
  7. I commit to a lifetime of ongoing conversion and transformation, recognizing that I am always on a journey with both gifts and limitations.
Pokémon 20th Anniversary 27-Day Challenge

Feb 2nd. — Talk about your current favorite Pokémon game. Maybe the one that has the most hours clocked in on it… and why it’s significant to you.


After long hours of contempletion, I decided my favorite is Pokemon X. I loved this gen, and HOLY SHIT CHARACTER CUSTOMIZATION!

Here goes my 3DS statistics:

Pokemon X                         318:05
Pokemon Omega Ruby      183:51 (National Dex Completed!)
Pokemon White 2               125:24
Pokemon Picross                062:18
Pokemon MD:GtI DEMO      001:48 (I didn’t really bought the game..)
Pokemon Bank                    000:27
Poke Transporter                000:12
Pokemon Y                          000:05 (just borrowed my friend’s to transfer some of my own pokes..)

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Nelson - Storm Brewing[Site Submission][Video][@emceeNelson]

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Nelson is back, hear him. “These moody visuals take us across a number of landscapes throughout Liverpool (trying to show it as a calm and contempletive place not just chaotic and crime filled as the news often does) and a few other parts of northern England. The Video was directed by myself.”

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Living Without a Microwave

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Living without a microwave is something that most people can’t even fathom but for us is a reality. I’d contempleted the idea for a while but never quite felt like I would survive without the convinience.  We’ve got a small kitchen, it’s a square with a stupid…