self help (full)

Sunday, October 6, 2013

more sweet mini tomato harvest / Winnie & Sam in the backyard / the view from the boardwalk / ahhh asters / meatballs & spaghetti squash / I love lichen / the wood is stacked, ready for those home fires to burn / Winnie and I in the park with our early morning long shadows / non stop blooming form the lilliput zinnias / my girl Miss D with her serious who-goes-there ? face on ;-)

In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity
Albert Einstein

I wrote not long ago on this blog that I was a seeker of peace. My chosen one word mantra for this year 2013 was/is ease. Ease & peace are best friends, ease & peace hang out together regularly. Ease & peace are the cool kids in my world and I'm trying, probably trying too hard, to get them to like me. I'm trying to fit in to their world. I really, really wanna hang out with them.

The truth is I'm actually a seeker of everything. I'm just a plain ol' seeker. A seeker of all. I'm always on the hunt for better, smoother, kinder, ease - ier, smarter, more efficient, more productive, more challenging ... more creative ... more, more, more which I know will lead me eventually to the bigger goal of less, less & more less. & ease the ultimate goal in terms of how I want to be and how I want to show up in the world. With ease, as much of the time as I can possibly muster.

The more I seek, the more help I need.

Along this long, hilly & dusty road of seeking I have had lots of help. Help in the form of self-help. Many men & women who have written incredibly helpful books, textbooks for many of the skills and attributes I'm craving to hone for myself. Everything from help getting a handle on my life long struggle with anxiety to creating better & more efficient work habits. Many of these same motivational writers, speak also on youtube or on there own websites. I'm finding that lately the more I seek the more I want more of that seeking. The more seeking I do, the more I practice what I'm learning the more I become aware that I am a fluid, ever changing & evolving creature. Let me tell ya that is such a relief, after years of trying to convince myself that big change was iffy to say the least.

I know that I can become whoever I want to be - now how exciting is that ?

I wanted to mention a few of the books/authors & speakers that have helped me so much & especially lately as I try to reach up to that next level of life, love & experience (& with ease please she whispered quietly ;-)

Gabrielle Bernstein - books, vlogs, lectures - everything here's her latest Living in the Know lecture
Michael Singer - especially his book the Untethered Soul (all about that negative Nelly roommate that lives in all our heads & never shuts the *3@ ! up)
Brené Brown - love everything about her, her books, her TED talks, her Oprah classes & interviews - she rocks
Oprah - especially for her OWN show Super Soul Sunday watch Steven Pressfield author of The War of Art now + a short video all about the amazing nature loving artist/illustrator Katy Daisyhere now.
Dan Baker - author of What Happy People Know
Russ Harris - author of The Happiness Trap & The Confidence Gap
Kirsten Neff - understanding the relationship between self compassion & anxiety/depression
David Allen - The Art of Stress-Free Productivity
Steve Belsky - Making Ideas Happen
Gay Hendrix - The Big Leap: conquer your hidden fear and take life to the next level
Joyce Meyer - Making Good Habits - Breaking Bad Habits (a little too much emphasis on a Christian God but so easy to replace with whatever God means to you - inner strength, inner guidance ...

ps - I almost forgot the best & most important book lately in my collection of self helpful, very self helpful - The Mindful Way through Anxiety - I cannot believe ho chock full of information, tips, tools, stories of other's and their own battles - it's by far the best, most helpful book I own currently.

If you are resisting something, you are feeding it. Any energy you fight, you are feeding. If you are pushing something away, you are inviting it to stay.
Michael Singer


  1. just lOVE the shot of Missy D... don't'cha just love it when they get that "on alert" angle of their ears?

    watched the Steven Pressfield interview with Oprah yesterday and it really got me to thinking ...and connecting some dots. I'm making a copy of today's list for future inspirational viewing. Thanks!

    from me and the gang

  2. Wonderful photos of Miss Winnie,her expression is so sweet, those beautiful zinnias, tomatoes and your meatballs with spaghetti squash look delicious, yum!
    xoxoxo ♡


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