A Happy Place
Life can be brutal. A positive attitude is essential and laughter really is the best medicine. In fact my friend Doraz has a blog dedicated to that very thought.
As you may have figured out by now, I am a blog-a-holic. I thoroughly enjoy reading blogs. In fact, I can read blogs all day long. Just ask my annoyed Hubby and wholly unsupervised children (I’m working on this – I’ll let you know how that goes). While putzing around the blogosphere a couple of months ago, a came across the Happiness Project. In one of the posts, Gretchen (the Author of the Blog) mentions keeping a mental checklist of things that always make her happy – memories, quotes, silly occurrences etc. She refers back to the list when she is having a tough time or feels sad. She calls it an area of refuge.
I’ve been thinking that I’d like to start up my own area of refuge. I call it my happy place – a list of things that make me fall out of my chair with laughter. I can’t trust my memory to bring these things to mind when I am at my saddest so I plan to keep a record of them so they’ll be available at a moments notice.
I encourage you to start such a list also. Maybe we could all share some of our funny make you laugh moments. In later posts I’ll include funny movies and things like that. Please share some of your “happy place” moments. You don’t have to think of them now. I know it takes time to remember. You can bookmark this page and send onethem in as they come to you. I’ll start the ball rolling with a post from Mom Gone Mad at On a Wing and a Prayer.
I need to learn mindful eating. As opposed to mindless binging on crisps.
I am eliciting help from the folks at RealAge, who have incidentally estimated my real age to be 56. Or was it 58? Either way, it was the T.V’s fault.
RealAge experts offer the following spiritual pearl, in all likelihood nicked from a tome-like buddhist treatise entitled The Zen of the Raisin.
“To teach yourself how to eat mindfully, start with a raisin. Take a deep, relaxing breath as you pick it up. Look at it for a few seconds. Smell it. Place it in your mouth and roll it around on your tongue. Feel the wrinkles. Now bite. Note the chewy, gritty texture — the sweet, fruity, astringent taste. Extract all the flavor before you swallow. That’s kind of the idea with mindful eating — to savor the look, smell, texture, and taste of every bite. And it works! It had a huge impact on curbing chronic binge eating in a recent study.”
Sweet! Thank you RealAge. After an intimate sexual encounter with the solitary raisin, I’ve gone and scarfed the entire box.
My utter lack of food spirituality is killing me. There is no hope..