Some Favorite Finds
Science Says There Are Four Kinds of Introversion. I have it on good authority that I’m a “thinking introvert.” What are you?
I was captivated by this HuffPost piece on how the opposite of addiction isn’t sobriety; it’s human connection. More evidence that our efforts to raise grounded, wholehearted children absolutely matter!
You guys really identified with this one—7 Things that Shouldn’t Impress Us Anymore—when I posted it on Facebook. I don’t think we’ve ever had so many likes on an article before! Can’t say I blame you, though, because THIS:
“Let’s stop trying to impress others with the things that we own. And start trying to inspire them by the lives that we live.”
This is my battle cry. Well, one of them. :) From Writing Your Way to Happiness on the NYTimes blog:
“We all have a personal narrative that shapes our view of the world and ourselves. But sometimes our inner voice doesn’t get it completely right. Some researchers believe that by writing and then editing our own stories, we can change our perceptions of ourselves and identify obstacles that stand in the way of better health.”
I was intrigued by this mom and design blogger’s story of meditating with their kids. The post includes an app recommendation and a bunch of insightful comments from readers.
A Mini-Review of…
The truth is, I can’t decide what I think of this book. (I know—some help I am…) The book alternates between topical, research-based chapters and chapters with short, first-person reflections from Goldie’s life. I kept waiting to get to the meat of it when I finally realized there was no climax, no surprising, overarching message that would allow me to live presently for the rest of forever.
If anything, the overall message was that mindful living matters, and I was already sold on that. I also would have liked to see more suggestions of mindfulness practices for myself and my kids. The book definitely has some, but I guess I just wanted a more definitive plan. As in, DO THIS FOR 10 MINUTES A DAY AND YOU’RE GOOD. (Does that make me a product of my generation?? We want answers quick.)
That said, I was better at living in the moment while I was reading this book, so I did appreciate that. And if you or someone you love is new to the concept of mindfulness as a way of reducing stress and increasing joy, then this is a great place to start. I think it’s safe to say you’ll be convinced.
Did any of you read it? I’m especially interested in hearing what you thought since I was a bit on the fence about this one.
For anyone interested in participating in the world’s most casual book club, the next up on our self-love reading list for 2015 is Scary Close: Dropping the Act and Finding True Intimacy by Donald Miller (who also wrote A Million Miles in a Thousand Years, btw). Can’t wait to see his conclusions from a year of being himself no matter the cost—with the hope of impressing fewer people and connecting with more. (So good!)