Charting life's circuitous path

Eat. Live. Be. for a Better 2011 – Meditating with Help (review)


My Update: *yawn*  A soft pillow, a cup of hot tea and a good book sounds like heaven right about now.  I’m beat and this week has really taken a lot out of me.  (Hence the late ELB post.  And the late end of the month photo roundup.  Yikes!) I’m slowly adjusting to my new schedule and it’s taking longer than I thought.

Officially, I’m part time.  I loved my new schedule because it meant one day off a week and a max of 6 hours of work a day.

I envisioned a more care-free workday where my job was just a thing I did during my “down time” (read: surf the net, blog, bake and cook time).  I’d even have loads of extra time where I waited until the hubby was done.

I even worried about having too much time on my hands and played with the idea of buying an iPad.  You know, cause I could keep blogging  busy as I waited.


The reality?

I’m still off one day. Check.

I get a 20 minute break. Check.

Loads of free time and twiddling of thumbs?  In my dreams (course, that’s if I dream…been too tired to do even that lately).

I find myself quickly munching on carrots and trying to down a dry peanut butter sandwich before getting myself back into presentable and working mode during my break.

First day I arrive? They ask me if I can stay later on Fridays to help out.  Did I agree?  Course I did.  It’s money and I’d be there anyways.  Do I regret agreeing?  Ask me when I’m awake.

I spend all the time from when I wake up to before going to work squeezing in my exercise routine and getting things done.  Turns out, all of that “down time” I had before was actually crucial in getting my day nicely spaced out and manageable.

I suppose the upside to this is the increase in pay.  🙂  Still, the days of “luxury” are all but a distant dream.  At least I like what I’m doing and it keeps me busy.  I’d rather work and make money and be happy doing it all than the reverse.

That iPad dream?  On the back burner, cold.  Now?  I’m hoping to gain access to the Pittsburgh Penguins’ site to listen to some hockey.  Apparently, they don’t block all of the net. 😉

iChallenge Week 44 Topic:  Meditating with Help (review of Five Good Minutes in Your Body)

This week, I want to continue the discussion on meditation and give you a review of a book that I’ve found helpful.

Review: Five Good Minutes in Your Body


My meditation attempts are going well.  Actually, let me rephrase that.

My meditation attempts before starting work were going well.

Now?  Not so much.  I’ve got to find the time to really squeeze in even those five minutes.  Because, honestly?  I’d rather be surfing my foodgawker or pinterest account.

Sad.  I know.

Still, during those blissful days where I can meditate, I love it.

Back in the summer when I started for the first time ever, I found it daunting and hard to do.  The most I could sit still for would be a couple of minutes.  Slowly I built up the ability to spend longer periods meditating until I could do it easily for 10 minutes.  Like with all things, it takes practice.

This book is a great way to build up that “stamina”, so to speak.  The book is comprised of four sections: Inhabiting the body, mindful movement, feeling your body’s senses and wise body.  Each section offers you a quick and easy practice that you can do either before bed or even during your normal day’s activities.

I tried a few from each section and my favorites involve meditation.  They give you something to focus on without being directive.  So, for example, one exercise had you bask in the feelings in your body parts and to thank them one at a time.  Another practice had you focus on an area that distressed you.  As you focused on that feeling or part, you directed kindness to it, like you would to a friend in need.

Each practice is easy to understand and doable.  Some of the more movement directed practices were a bit more involved (such as mindful walking or mindful group gathering).  However, the book is set up in such a way that you can pick and choose which practice you want to do at any given time.  The book is also small enough that you can slip it into a bag (although I’d love it if this book came in card format so that it became even more portable).

I really liked this book and it’s going to become part of my collection.  I highly recommend it for those that need a bit of guidance or tips for meditating.

(Disclaimer: As with all of my reviews, I wasn’t compensated or asked to do it.  It’s just me. 🙂 )

Author: iscribbler

A girl scribbling her way through health, love, food and life.

2 thoughts on “Eat. Live. Be. for a Better 2011 – Meditating with Help (review)

  1. I hope things slow down, too. 🙂 I’m sure it will. I just have to get back into the swing of being a working girl and not a layabout. 😉

  2. Oy. I couldn’t survive without at least twenty minutes of downtime every few hours…I don’t know how you do it! maybe things will slow down a bit soon? I hope so for your sake!

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