When I told you yesterday that I’m currently book-less, that was a half-truth. I may not be reading a book at the moment, but I am listening to one: Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert, author of the wildly successful Eat, Pray, Love.
Whenever I’m reading (or audiobooking, as it were), I make notes. In margins, on notebooks, in my head, on a napkin. With each new book I consume, I fall deeper in love with words and the infinite number of beautiful ways they can be placed together.
Talk about a word nerd.
One of the greatest and most dangerous truths about the world we live in is that we have access to endless opportunity: places to be, places to see, people to meet, things to do. We are in an age of hyperstimulation, where virtually everything is at our disposal, and everything is at our disposal virtually. As a result, we place immense pressure on ourselves to seize as many of these opportunities as possible, as often as possible.
It’s a lot… and sometimes, “a lot” can become “too much.” When this perceptual shift happens, one option in particular tends to rear its ugly head: the option to quit.
“Books can be dangerous. The best ones should be labeled ‘This could change your life.’”
Whether you’ve read your way through ten books or ten thousand books, chances are you know exactly what author Helen Exley is talking about.
Today’s post is dedicated to anyone who has ever uttered the words, “You need to read this book.”
Are you a creature of habit or do you prefer a life of spontaneity?
For the past seven days, I’ve willed myself out of bed at 6:30AM, made myself a cuppa (Aussie slang for a cup of tea or coffee), and cozied up on the bean bag chair in my makeshift office to write… and write… and write. By noon, I’m beaming with a sense of accomplishment as I look on at my shrinking to-do list.
What if I told you that sitting quietly for twenty minutes twice a day could change your life?
When Layla, one of my closest friends and a sister-by-choice, suggested I write a blog post about transcendental meditation (TM), I was immediately apprehensive. I’m a chronic stress junkie whose attention span is, more often than not, laughable; what pearls of wisdom could I possibly offer about sitting still and calming one’s mind? What’s a mantra, anyway?
And so I researched.