Welcome to my first ‘Friday : Five Things’! I am so excited to share highlights of my week with you and in doing so we can each get to know each other a little more 🙂 The five things will be from five specific categories :

  1. Podcast
  2. Educational piece
  3. Purchase or wishlist item
  4. Recipe (usually plant based)
  5. Quote

1. Sam Harris Making Sense

The Drive Interview with Peter Attia

Ok so I must admit that I am slightly bias toward anything Sam Harris produced so perhaps don’t take my word for it when I say this is one of the best podcast episodes you’ll ever listen to! I have always wanted to be able to articulate wonderfully in a way where I describe emotion or feeling so that people immediately relate to it. Sam Harris is ridiculously intellectual but more than that, is able to put meaning and understanding behind topics in a way I have never witnessed by anyone else.

In the interview Sam Harris speaks with Peter Attia about meditation and the nature of mind. They discuss types of meditation, the difference between pain and suffering, the difference between joy and wellbeing, the half-life of negative emotions, thinking and dreaming, the power of culture, the power of language, letting go of anger, MDMA, loving one’s enemies, moral luck, the ethics of lying, and other topics.

2. Won’t You Be My Neighbour

Netflix Documentary Movie

This movie stole my heart. I think lately there has been so many murder and awful violent documentary series on Netflix/Podcast that I have been drowned by the idea that the world is a bad place, with evil and hate at every corner. This documentary movie moved me from my very core and reignited what I was brought up knowing – that love is everything. In this 90 minutes you will discover the character of a man who believed in giving children quality communication and respecting the beauty that lives in their pure innocence. He changed lives and in this movie transformed my fear into love.

From Academy Award-winning filmmaker Morgan Neville (20 Feet from Stardom), Won’t You Be My Neighbor? takes an intimate look at America’s favorite neighbor: Mister Fred Rogers. A portrait of a man whom we all think we know, this emotional and moving film takes us beyond the zip-up cardigans and the land of make-believe, and into the heart of a creative genius who inspired generations of children with compassion and limitless imagination.

3. Arket, Chunky Sole Leather Boots

So I recently invested in the Eytys Ortega black winter boot (shown in photo above) and haven’t looked back since. I wear them with everything and knew I had made the right decision, not only because I live in a country with an all-year-round winter, but on top of that I was getting daily confirmations with every person that  stopped me on the street or slid into my DMs to ask where they’re from. BUT a lot of you have been unable to make such a big investment so I have been on the hunt for a similar style with equal quality, at a more affordable price. Look no further than these Arket pair!

4. Satay Sweet Potato Curry

BBC Good Food

I am currently half way through Veganuary and even though I am looking forward to eating something other than a veggie curry come February, this dish has been a regular feature and a favorite of the plant based recipes we’ve tried. It is seriously delicious and fuss free with the best aspect being it consists of all ingredients you already have in your pantry!

5. Weekly Quote

I first fell in love with yoga when I slipped into a regular practice while living in New York. I practiced daily at Yoga to the People and at the end of each class the teacher would share, from a little book of saved poetry and quotes, something that inspired them or perhaps reflected the message of class. After the magic you experienced on your mat, surrounded by fellow humans there to share their common purpose with each other, the fact that you and even one other person could relate to the same idea or feeling, reaffirmed your foundational connection with the world.

Ever since my very first class I ever taught (including my teach out on my Yandara Teacher Training!) I have brought this tradition with me and shared a quote at the end of each practice. Last weekend I shared this quote (above) and a few hours later I received a message from a client who had attended :

“Your quote at the end couldn’t have been more fitting! Currently walking in the rainbow.” – along with a photo of the most stunning rainbow.

Some people think quotes are over used for the easy ‘like’ on social media and are therefore void of sincerity or meaning. I wholly disagree. The smile I see on people’s faces when I share a quote, words written from another human’s heart, reminds me how much we are all connected, we all share the same loneliness and insecurities, we are all in search of the same happiness. And in knowing all of that can feel the oneness that exists through love.

Thank you so much for reading and I really hope you find value in even one of these five things I’ve shared this week. Please do comment and share if you enjoyed this weekly addition to my website!

See you between now and next friday on @mollymckeeveryoga – M x

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