Outstanding Articles & Books
The first four articles offer insight and solace in response to tragedy and loss. The next six will help you set a direction for 2013. The others are simply my favorite posts on a variety of personal development topics.
- Buddhist Teachers Respond to the Newtown Tragedy
- Anatomy of a Murder – Suicide
- A Letter to Rachel
- The Road to Healing from Heartbreak
- 10 Positive Resolutions for a Truly Happy New Year 2013
- How to Do A Reflection and Intention Process for the New Year
- Thoughts About 2012 and the New Year
- The Secret to One Powerful Word: A Simple Alternative to New Year’s Resolutions
- Embrace the Mess of 2012 to Invite the Grace of 2013
- A Mala of Mindfulness, 108 Insights from 2012
- A Simple Path Through the Mess
- Yanking the Supply Chain
- What If You Could Turn Off Pain?
- Keep Calm and Go Within
- The Illusion of Better
- The Little Trick to Make Almost Any Moment Better
- Seeking Balance In An Unbalanced World
- Celebrating the Reverse 100-Thing Challenge
I’m currently reading Clutterfree by Courtney Carver and Leo Babauta. Here are some of my favorite books from my 2012 reading list.
- 10 Steps to Finding Your Happy Place and Staying There by Galen Pearl
- Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed
- Turning Pro: Tap You Inner Power and Create Your Life’s Work by Steven Pressfield
- Your Life As Story, Discovering the “New Autobiography” and Writing Memoir as Literature by Tristine Rainer
- You Can Buy Happiness (and It’s Cheap): How One Woman Radically Simplified Her Life and You Can Too by Tammy Strobel
- The Glass Castle: A Memoir by Jeannette Walls
Last year, I received monthly I-Ching guidance and a reading for the year. I already knew it was an ‘obstacle’ year, which began on my birthday in 2011. The guidance I received via regular I-Ching readings really helped me navigate the challenges that occurred with more clarity, confidence, and ease. Irving (the “Vizier”) has a heart of gold while also being very grounded and knowledgeable about how to work effectively with the natural cycle of changes that occur in everyone’s life.
Would you like to get a sense of what’s in store for you in 2013? Need help with a major decision or challenge? You might find an I-Ching reading helpful too. Irving offers a free question to anyone who engages his services for the first time.
Writing a brief monthly review helps me celebrate my accomplishments and stay focused on what really counts. Sharing my review may inspire you and help you be more intentional too.
I made a strong aspiration to simplify and downsize my life last summer. But, honestly, I’ve just been puttering along for the last six months moving tiny bits here and there. Now, that intention is hitting hard. I’ve discovered:
- Intentions are powerful. A natural momentum can invisibly build and suddenly manifest. So dream carefully! Dreams may come true.
- In the beginning, simplifying is labor intensive. Cleaning, clearing clutter, weeding, hauling, repairing and other forms of physical labor dominate my day.
- Momentum might carry you asunder. Ride the momentum consciously. Is this truly where you want to go?
On the writing and editing side of life, I’m now offering a free sample edit. If you need an editor, please try me out. I’m also very excited about a new ecourse I’m developing. More to be revealed in the coming months!
Looking Forward: I don’t know! Balance? Surrender? We’ll see.
Flavor of the Month: Momentum interspersed with moments of discombobulation.
How was your December? Challenges? Breakthroughs? I would love to hear.
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