2018 Week 14: READ SSLLOOWWLLYY

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The task for Week 14 of a Lighter More Loving You is to READ SSLLOOWWLLY!

This week schedule an hour to turn off the devices and read.  Cuddle up at home or go to a coffee shop with comfy chairs. 


I came across this article not long ago…

“Once a week, members of a Wellington, New Zealand, book club arrive at a cafe, grab a drink and shut off their cellphones. Then they sink into cozy chairs and read in silence for an hour. The point of the club isn’t to talk about literature, but to get away from pinging electronic devices and read, uninterrupted. The group calls itself the Slow Reading Club, and it is at the forefront of a movement populated by frazzled book lovers who miss old-school reading” – Jeanne Whalen, Wall Street Journal    Link to article HERE.

I love to read, yet making time to read novels was a rarity.   I tended to find myself skimming articles and blogs, enjoying only the photos in magazines, and picking up work related books over a novel.

Then I saw the SLOW READING CLUB site and was inspired.  It’s not really a book club with discussions.  It is time to relax, unplug, and read!

There is something quite luxurious about cozy-ing up and escaping into a good story.

There are health benefits for doing this as well!  After you have your READ SSLLOOWWLLYY hour, share what benefit you received!

Encouraging Us to be The Whole Slow Reading Heart Club This Week,

Barbara

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CHECK IN for Week Nine: SSSHHHH!!!!

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Week Nine’s task for a Lighter More Loving You was to SSSSHHHH!!  To be silent.  To find 2 hours of QUIET. 

No Talking, No Phones, No Nothing!

How did that go?   Or is it planned yet?


Noise can cause… 

  • hearing impairment
  • hypertension 
  • ischemic heart disease 
  • annoyance
  • sleep disturbance
  • changes in the immune system
  • birth defects have been also attributed to noise exposure

Not to mention STRESS!   Noise causes stress on our bodies and our emotional and mental health.   It’s hard to be more loving when one is stressed.

Is our world noisy?   YES!!!   Phones, TV, radio, traffic, people!

I’d say that SILENCE will be one of the things Doctors prescribe for better health in the future…if they are not already.   Dare I say, we may even have to pay for it?   And some already do by going on retreats, taking vacations, going to meditation classes.

Silence is important not just for your physical and emotional health, but your spiritual health.

Anything you can do to improve your spiritual health, and this is probably the most overlooked life area as most people spend more time on physical and emotional health, will greatly increase your ability to be lighter and more loving.


SILENCE is the best pathway to

  • greater INNER PEACE that carries over to all areas of your life
  • increased CREATIVITY and PRODUCTIVITY
  • a better UNDERSTANDING OF WHO YOU ARE
  • a HEART CONNECTION with GOD
  • the ABILITY TO HEAR INNER WISDOM leading you to better choices
  • an ability to JUST BE YOU in any situation

We need to find God, and he cannot be found in noise and restlessness. God is the friend of silence. See how nature—trees, flowers, grass—grows in silence. See the stars, the moon and the sun—how they move in silence. We need silence to be able to touch souls.   –Mother Theresa

When there is silence there is time for introspection and to allow our true self to speak. I truly believe that with practice quiet reflection can help us reach a level of deep inner calm…The state of silence is a way of reaching another part of your mind not possible when going about your daily routine. This other part of your mind is connected in every way to the world around you and with practice you can tap into this knowledge.    –Steven Aitchison

Silence is the indispensable doorway to the divine…Can those who do not know silence ever attain truth, beauty, or love?  Do not wisdom, artistic vision, and devotion spring from silence, where the voice of God is heard in the depths of the human heart?  –Cardinal Robert Sarah

Have your 2 hour SSSSHHH session and then see if you can put 15 minutes in each of your days!   Your future Doctor’s order!  🙂

Cheering You on to a Whole Silent Strengthened Heart,
Barbara
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2018 Week Nine: SSSSHHHH!!!

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Week Nine’s small task of 50 Weeks to a Lighter More Loving You is SSSHHHHH!  

To be silent. To unplug. To sit and just be.


download (2)Did you know that there is a professional Shusher in the Vatican’s Sistine Chapel? Someone who will go “SSSSHHHH” if it gets too noisy? 

This struck me as the funniest thing and something I remember from my “grateful I had the chance” visit.

This week, see me as YOUR PROFESSIONAL SHUSHER!


Your task is to…

  • ASK FOR

  • SET ASIDE

  • PREP FOR

  • and PARTICIPATE IN 2 hours (or more if you can) of SILENCE.

That means no talking, no phone use, no TV, not even any music.  This also means no cleaning, working, exercising, or anything of that kind.  Preferably no napping either!

What can you do?

  • Meditate
  • Pray
  • Journal
  • Read something inspirational/spiritual
  • Draw
  • Paint
  • Create
  • Stretch/Yoga
  • Breathing exercises
  • Look at great art in an Art Book  (not the internet)
  • Stare out your window
  • Review your List of 10
  • Notice the quiet. Write, draw, paint what it feels like.
  • What is your mind doing during this Silent Time?  Journal what it is doing and see what happens.
  • Absolutely NOTHING!  See if you can JUST BE.

If you have a spouse and/or children, send them to a meal and a movie.

Maybe you’ll get up early to find your 2 hours.

Maybe you’ll leave the house for 2 hours and retreat to a quiet, no people spot in nature.

Notice if this is really hard for you…either to ask, prep and do this OR the actual doing of the 2 hours of silence.  Ask, “What is making this so hard?”  Write it down.

It is not always easy to UNPLUG and go silent.  If you need help, I’m an email away. During CHECK IN I’ll explain why this is so important for a lighter and more loving you.  If you do SILENCE often, please share in the comments how you make time and what it has done for your life.

Cheering You on to a Whole SSSSHHHH Heart,

Barbara

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