Meditation can transform your life

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“Depend upon it, sir, when a man knows he is to be hanged in a fortnight, it concentrates his mind wonderfully.” ― Samuel Johnson, The Life of Samuel Johnson LL.D. Vol 3

Over the years, I have attempted meditation. In retrospect, a few problems have revealed themselves. One is that I tried to squeeze it in between things I had to do. So my mind had that distraction stopping the flow of thoughts to dwell on the time and the impending task.

The other issue has to do with the nonsense we embrace in rewriting our life story. We are…


When things go wrong…very wrong

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There I was. Day 19 of a 30-day journey. I was getting ready for bed when I felt like I had been kicked by a horse. Or at least like I imagined it would feel to be kicked by a horse.

A couple of side notes: I remember nothing of this but that is what I told my husband. I called his cell. He had been watching television. I see his number on my cell. And nine minutes later, I see that I called 911.

My aorta had torn. At the ER they told my husband and sister that I…


Take your time

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Yesterday I posted a couple of videos about cooking and mentioned how this was not fast food I was talking about. One person mentioned that she was not up for watching a 14-minute video nevermind waiting seven days for kimchi. We had a chuckle about that and then shared a couple of recipes.

I woke this morning, thinking about time and how we — me mostly — look for ways to speed things up. I am not sure why I have always been in a rush to get to the end of things. …


A simple to-do list

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One of the remarkable things about this January is that I did not have a big long list of plans, tasks, projects, and goals. I have quite a collection of notebooks and pens and decided to take one notebook and keep a captain’s log sort of diary. And I did for the first week and then, well, I stopped.

I got to thinking about to-do lists. I have that Six Shitty Things list and at the moment, it is empty. Yes. I cleared that list. I may have to build another one but for now it is empty. …


Paying attention to food

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It was the day of the six-month assessment in the CHANGE program and I have improved slightly. Oddly enough, I woke feeling very anxious. Not only did I have to leave the house, I had to drive across town, go into a building I had never been in before…and be tested on a variety of health issues.

The weather is great and it rained, removing a lot of the snow. The drive was lovely. Not a lot of traffic. The building was easy to find. And I survived the walking and flexibility tests. Also the blood test. It went well.


Always looking for the shortcut

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Much of my working life involved computers — building them, fixing them, instructing people how to use them. As soon as I could, I began looking for shortcuts in using them. Keyboard macros are great. Rather than mouse around clicking File then clicking Save, I like to simply hold down the Ctrl key and press the letter s. Boom. The file is saved. Ctrl plus w closes the file.

There are shortcuts in household activities and I like to find them too. I draw the line at seven-can casserole only because I try not to use too many processed foods…


A habit is born

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We went for a drive in the country yesterday and the remarkable thing is that for the first time in years, I walked to the Jeep without that uncomfortable feeling that I was about to fall.

What?

So when I got home, I tried walking unaided in the house and it went well. When I got on the treadmill, I queued up a couple of YouTube videos about writing and began to walk. My walk lasted twice as long as it usually does and best of all, there are no additional aches or pains from the experience.

Today I am…


Be grateful

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People have gratitude journals. There are lovely posters about being grateful. In 2020, many people did not feel grateful, choosing instead to mourn what they called normal life. For others, it was a chance to slow down and reflect on life, and what it means to them.

Henry David Thoreau did that. He slowed down on Walden Pond and explained why he did in his book, Walden:

“I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach…


Less talk, more action

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One of those Facebook memories popped up this morning.


Same old same old

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Doing reps is not exactly what I would call fun but oddly enough, they feel better than I would have expected. My routine seems to be settling into a nice easy pattern. Get up. Stretch. Do a couple of yoga moves. Get on with the day.

One of the side habits I do is my list. I used to have a gigantic to-do list. Then I dropped that down to what would fit on a sticky note. Now I have a small notepad and each evening I write what I refer to as Six Shitty Tasks. …

Joanne Reid

I’m a writer (https://joannereid.ca) and a dreamer in a constant state of self-improvement.

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