At the end of each month, I publish my favorite articles from around the web, books, and resources plus a mini-monthly review. This is one small way I express my support for other bloggers who offer compelling, inspiring, and/or intelligent content.
Outstanding Articles and Books
Although I wasn’t online much in July, I did catch a few special articles I would like to share with you.
- I’m Never Pain Free but I Don’t Allow That to Stop Me
- The Quiet Life
- How to Tune into and Nurture the Soul for True Happiness
- Freeing the Mind from PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder)
- Mindfully Eating Animals (the Other 99%)
- The Key Habits of Organization
- Make An Extensive Edit List for the Life You So Deserve
- Free Your Mind and the Rest Will Follow
- Why I Consult My “Manager” and Why She Always Takes My Calls
I’m only a few chapters into Bouncing Back, Rewiring Your Brain for Maximum Resilience and Well-Being (affiliate link), but I am impressed by the author’s excellent explanation of attachment theory and how it relates to the function and structure of the brain.
Ever wonder why you are stuck in distressing relationship patterns, and find it difficult to get unstuck from them? Attachment theory describes how the way we connect or don’t connect with our primary caregivers during the first two and a half-years of our life has a profound effect on our ability to have healthy relationships even as an adult. For many of us, dysfunctional patterns were deeply embedded in our brain through repetition during our innocent years.
Thanks to advances in neuroscience, we now know it’s possible to retrain the brain, and by so doing find more peace and happiness. Books like this show us precisely how to do that.
- You Have Time, a micro-course created by Beverly Army to help you live your best 168 hours each week, begins on August 4th. I’ll see you there.
- Create a Micro-Business, developed by Courtney Carver, is a self-study micro-course that you can start at any time. I love Courtney’s signature approach that combines simplicity and clarity for effective action. (affiliate link)
The cool thing about these two micro-courses is that they are less than $20.00, but jam-packed with valuable exercises and advice.
- In the Gap of Grace, which begins on August 4th, Joy Holland invites you to explore how to be in the gap – between where you’ve been and where you would like to be – with presence and grace.
Flowing with Joy
I’ve enjoyed my month-long experiment in flow. Although I wasn’t suddenly gifted with clear seeing or subject to an earth-shaking epiphany, I’ve seen positive changes. The process has been like a chain of tiny practices providing clear evidence that listening to your inner voice pays off. Indeed, the times I didn’t follow my inner voice provided a wake up slap on the cheek.
To strengthen my ability to flow, I’m keeping track of my intuitive flashes in a small notebook that I keep by my side. I’m making every attempt to actually follow them rather than wiping them out with an analytical eraser. It’s a simple formula:
- Listen to instinct, intuition, impulse, and body rhythms
- Record and review
As a result, my dreams and insights have been far richer. I feel more connected with my spiritual teachers, and thus guided, protected, and secure. The torrent of fear that has dominated my life has slowed to a trickle. This came about due to years of emotional and spiritual work, but this process of trust and flow is locking it in even further.
Life is good right now with little anxiety, worry, or fear. I’m acknowledging the goodness, and allowing it to nourish my nervous system, building more resilience for the future.
In July, I was drawn to:
- keeping life simple
- spiritual study and practice
- exploring and unraveling my deepest patterns
- getting organized to save time and relieve unnecessary stress
- playing and enjoying the world of the senses
- writing a new course for you, to be revealed in August
- exploring new options for my health
- focusing on forgiveness
My inner voice has been telling me to “do nothing” for months or even years. I finally listened. In the end, it wasn’t a question of nothing, but rather creating the space so something different could emerge.
I know I’m lucky as most people don’t have the good fortune to take the time and space to find their flow. My life wasn’t completely free of responsibilities during July, but I had more space. Even if your life is brimming with demanding activity, you could try using weekends to get more in touch with your own flow.
I’ll continue my experiment in flow through August. In September, the challenge will be to integrate flow with a more demanding schedule.
Flavor of the Month: Goodness
How was your July? Do you feel in the flow?
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