Today I had lunch with a good friend in the making. Great food, delicious chai and conversation. A set up that can only make you happy. After lunch we went to the international book cafe Books & Company in Copenhagen.
For the last few years I have bought all of my books on amazon, no offence amazon but it just isn’t the same as walking in to a real bookstore. When I walk into a book store, I just feel happy. The colors are amazing, the smell of new books, 1000s of people’s knowledge, thoughts, creativity just sitting there waiting for me to be inspired.
Did anyone else watch “You’ve got mail” and afterwards want to open their own bookstore? What is it, that is so peaceful about books? What creates that feeling of depth in places where people read?
I spend way to much money, that I don’t have, on books. But when it comes to reading all them I tend to fail. Some days there is just too much going on. Online, telefon, kids, relationships, TV all taking time. I miss the moments when I could get lost in a book, and be sad when it ended. I think that the trip today has created the need to curl up with a pot of tea and just read. So now which one of the 10000 books is it going to be? : )
Books bought this month:
Women’s Bodies, Women’s Wisdom, Dr. Christiane Northrup
Reconciliation – Healing the inner child, Thich Nhat Hanh
The Kindness Handbook, Sharon Salzberg
Birth Reborn, Michel Odent
Primal Health, Michel Odent
Buddha’s Brain, Rick Hanson PH.D with Richard Mendius MD
Healing Trauma, Peter Levine
Hmmmmm… I think that is it.
Challenge of the week: Go to a real bookstore near you and just take in all of the colors, smells and inspiration. : ) Oh and maybe don’t bring a creditcard.
It has been a while since the last post. I have been trying to find some direction in business, blogging and life. Well I found A direction and sticking to it for now. In the next few days I will have two articles come out… One in Elephant Journal and one on a Danish site called JuniorBusiness. Both are about presence in parenting. I am Sh*tting myself. I feel so strongly about the subject but also feel a little scared that people won’t “like” them.
So why are we (some of us) so afraid of not getting other peoples approval? Why is it important? I am working on letting go, and will let go of the articles from my mailbox in a moment.
The reason why I want them out there, is to bring some attention to presence in parenthood. Create a talk about how do we slow down, and just be with our kids. Is there a lack of moments where we just are. Has the culture created a situation where we don’t even know how be present anymore? And in that process I am showing my dirty laundry. Where I lack the ability to just be as a mother and I guess that is hard for me, still, to admit.
Starting April 4th there will be a series of women from around the world guest posting here on the blog. Sharing their thoughts, stories and tips about the subject. I hope you will join the talk, comment and read their awesome posts. I hope it will create food for thought, and maybe shift some focus in the way we do things right now. The world is in need of a little less doing and a little more being.
Do you know the feeling of repeatative movements having a calming effect on you? Or do you just feeling bored? : )
Working meditation is a part of a lot of mindfulness or vipassana retreats. Do you we bring the working meditation into our homes? Or are they tasks that just need to get done?
We are used to vaccuming a lot in this house. Little feet and hands everywhere and with that crumbs and food galore. I just bought a broom. I find it very calming to sweep my floor. It was my way of turning an annoying mess into a little meditation practice. It is peacful compared to the vacumcleaner and the only time I really like to vacum is when I hear dirt going down the tube… is that just me?
To go with the broom my partner bought a power hoop… repeatative (painful) movement that I am still trying to find the calming in using.
Do things like that calm you down? Knitting, sewing, rowing any other -ing?