Even though the weather is all summer-y here again, each day there are more red leaves on my burning bushes. It’s as if they are reminding me that no matter what the thermometer says autumn is THURSDAY! You are welcome for that bit of news…
There was a bit of excitement last week! The Man Booker Prize shortlist was announced and I was happy to see that I had already read one of the books! AND last night my hold for Paul Auster’s 4321 came through! Thank you, Carnegie Library! Reading shall commence shortly!
iOS 11 will be out later today…and I should tell you all, it is quite awesome. I signed up for the public beta and upgraded to it last week and the improvements are nice! Oh, and for all your iPad users…the update there is even better! Oh, and there are some pretty interesting new watch faces for iWatch users!
There are open sign-ups until Thursday at The Balanced Life. Really, it is the hardest, fun thing I do! Don’t you want to join me?
And, finally, Shepherd’s Lamb now has a newsletter! And, they are sharing a discount code for all new subscribers! You can sign up here. (in case you missed my thoughts on their Rambouillet Yarn)
Happy Tuesday everyone!
After a few very grey and cool days it appears that the sun is making a return today! (Which is very welcome even if it is not bringing the warm weather with it!) And, this morning the blog is decidedly lacking in subject matter so I thought about just writing in hopes that some brilliance would bubble to the surface.
But, sometimes, the brilliance is silent and I am struck by this month’s theme at The Balanced Sisterhood. It is all focused around meditation, stress relief, and rejuvenation. Meditation has been part of my life for a very long time now, but after all that time being still is not always easy.
I have this month’s print out at my desk where I meditate and write as a visual reminder that being still is okay and more than that, it is necessary. In those moments of stillness there is sometimes tension inside me as the external fights just being still. I am a “doer” – as in I must always be doing something… knitting, reading, stitching, writing, cooking, cleaning, doing. However, when I push those thoughts away and just focus on being still wonderful things can happen. I realize that being still is vital to being active – my thoughts are more ordered and less chaotic and I have less tension and stress in my body. Even just 5 or 10 minutes of stillness is enough to energize and organize my day.
In the midst of movement and chaos, keep stillness inside of you. Deepak Chopra
As in all things, this is a work in progress but, there is progress and that encourages me to keep going! What about you? Do you have a meditation practice?