W5: Things I’ve Loved This Week

What a week!! Given it was only a four-day working week, I seem to have packed a lot in.  As I mentioned in my post Decisions, life has thrown me a little bit of a curve ball.  Well, that’s not strictly true.  I applied for a job on a whim, as I didn’t think they’d truly consider me.  My second interview was on Tuesday, and I’ve been asked to join them.  I wasn’t expecting to have to make a decision about leaving my current employer so soon.  It’s going to be a tumultuous week. I’m glad that I’ve been reading about mindfulness this week.  Trying to live in the present, rather than the future!!!

💻 Posts I’ve loved this week:

We Are Watching Too Much TV –  It was great to stumble across this post after my decision to limit my ‘mindless’ TV watching last week.  I’m pretty happy with my success of cutting down the TV, my proudest achievement being two nights in a hotel room by myself and didn’t turn the TV on once (I’d normally turn it on instantly, just for company).  I’ve had a lot more time for reading, thinking, and meditating – which I’ll get to later in this post!

Anyway, enough about me.  Minimelle’s post includes four great tips to use TV more intentionally.  It’s a good read, and I’m definitely enjoying the benefits of less screen time.

📚 Books I’ve loved this week:

I could look for more links I’ve enjoyed this week, but I really want to get straight into books and tell you all about 10% Happier: How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge, and Found Self-Help That Actually Works–A True Story – It’s a mouthful of a book title, but good golly, what a great book.

Those who have read my last few weeks of updates would know that I’ve been dabbling a bit in meditation with the Calm and Headspace apps.  I knew, in theory, that mindfulness is supposed to make you a better person. I had heard Todd Sampson speak about his Retraining the Brain TV show, where he mentioned the benefits of meditation. So I was dabbling.

The Dan Harris book had come into my radar a few times in the past few weeks.  I think he’s in the trailer for the Minimalism Film.  I think The Minimalists may also have mentioned him in a podcast. So I decided to give the book a go.

What I find so fascinating about the whole meditation thing, is that there is a huge bank of science now sitting behind the benefits of spending some time each day, learning to train your brain. The idea that brain function and brain capacity isn’t fixed, and that we can actually exercise our brains, just as we’d exercise our muscles to make it stronger – really intrigues me, and motivates me. If it is in our power to improve our minds, shouldn’t we be doing it?

Dan has a very down-to-earth manner in the book.  He acknowledges that much of the ‘meditation’ world can sound like ‘hoo-hoo’, but makes some very strong and valid points in support of the habit.  I also like the way that he steps out each ‘realisation’ or learning he had in his journey, and how he got there.

I’m excited to see that there is both a podcast and online course.  As soon as I finish Headspace, I’m heading over to the course to check it out!

🎧 Podcasts I’ve loved this week:

Listened to the first two 10% Happier podcast today.  The first with the Dalai Lama and the second with Weezer’s frontman Rivers Cuomo – which I’ve enjoyed.  Looking forward to hearing more.

Also checked out WTF 039 Minimalism Podcast Episode, with an interview with  Matt D’Avella – filmmaker, director, and minimalist.  Matt is the Director of the film, and it was good to hear from another voice from inside ‘The Minimalists’ camp.  Good if you’re a fan and looking forward to the movie.

📱 Apps I’ve loved this week:

Still using  Headspace this week.  Unlike Calm, I managed to have a strong 4 day run on this before I missed two days.  I am enjoying using it.  With my new understanding of the process of meditation from my reading this week, I’m less frustrated that I haven’t become a master meditator in the past month or so.  I think it is good to have this app as assistance, but I’m also worried that I’m relying on these ‘crutches’ to meditate.   After the Take 10 program completes, I think I will go over to the Dan Harris course I mentioned above.  However, I’m also hoping to start just meditating.  On my own, with no assistance.   We’ll see how that goes.

Also still using  Luminosity – wow.  I’m not very good at these activities.  Particularly the math and spacial awareness ones.  I’ve always known these are weaknesses of mine, but now I know that that’s not the way it has to be.  So looking forward to training up these aspects of my brain with more games.

Rather randomly, also downloaded Uber.  I’ve been late to the Uber world and had a great first trip whilst I was in Melbourne.  Converted.

Oh, and I nearly forgot. I also re-downloaded Evernote this week.  I had a new Instagram follower last week, named @simplifydays – intrigued, I checked out her blog and discovered a gold mine of information on how to make Evernote work for you. I didn’t know there were templates!  I’m still finding my way around, but I’m very excited to learn from her blog on how to organise better.

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In other news, I’ve pre-purchased Joshua Becker’s The More of Less: Finding the Life You Want Under Everything You Own, and with that signed up for the Uncluttered course. I’m really looking forward to that starting – and wondering if anyone else is signed up?

Hope you all have a fabulous week!!
xx

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  1. Here’s a link to an interview with Dan Harris from The Minimalism film

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