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Highly subjective takes on life’s most interesting experiences.


What’s the most memorable ritual you’ve ever experienced?

When I was studying in Maharashtra, India, my teacher graciously invited me to a traditional Yajna (fire) ceremony led by Brahmins (Hindu priests). We sat for nearly 12 hours chanting sacred texts in front of a blazing fire pit and ornate altar bobbing in and out of the ever-elusive state of meditation. I don’t know if I’ve ever experienced as much serenity and discomfort simultaneously, and haven’t stopped chasing that sobering balance between effort and grace ever since.


Favorite word or phrase in a language not your own?

Tsundoku. A Japanese word for the act of letting new books pile up without reading them.


The most beautiful restaurant experience?

Easy: Blue Hill at Stone Barns. I admittedly went into the evening a little skeptical like, “Is this really going to live up to the hype and be worth the $$$?” But it did! And then some. The vegetables stole the show and each course was more theatrical than the last.

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Jenn Tardif Writer

Jenn Tardif is the founder of the mindful collective 3rd Ritual, a certified aromatherapist, and a writer. A devout student of Taoism, yoga, and mindfulness, Tardif is a firm believer that wisdom lights the path to well-being, and has made a lifelong commitment to share the teachings with anyone curious enough to learn more.

Mike McQuade Illustrator

Mike McQuade is an illustrator and artist living and working in Richmond, Virginia. His clients include the New York Times, the New Yorker, Criterion Collection, Nike, Apple, HarperCollins, Penguin Books, Pentagram, NPR, and the Atlantic. His work focuses largely on finding concepts through collage, and always aims for unexpected outcomes.

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