Up early with the SUNSHINE! It has been an atypical summer here – a little gray and cool. Seeing the sunshine instantly put me in a wonderful mood. “Just add sunshine”! The dog received a walk with the dog, and I tended to my “garden”, which is comprised of herbs and 6 very needy strawberries, one of which is almost ripe for consumption!
The strawberry plant stands alone for one reason: we have a thief.
He only sniffs the basil, rosemary and other herbs, but he’s consumed an entire previous crop of strawberries! The big empty pots on the right are going to soon be home to an orange and Meyer lemon tree, respectively. Loving the ability to grow fresh foods on my balcony year-round.
My body wasn’t sure what to do except to get up with the light peeking into the bedroom! Especially since I – like most of you – go to a nearly windowless office for the better part of daytime hours. Which brings me to the other half of this post: Revive: Stop Feeling Spent and Start Living Again. Amazon recommended Revive based on my previous purchasing patterns and I decided to give it a chance.
You know the books where you feel like you are having a conversation with yourself? This is that book for me. The book provides daily actions for removing the busy and clutter from our lives to have better health. The author calls all the clutter and busy-ness your “total load” and provides a framework for removing some of the load to have a more balanced and healthy life. There is a passage below that explains the concept of load in more detail.
Based on the introduction I would categorize it closely with the Slow movements, such Slow Food, Slow Living – back to the simple things in life. The book is introduced with a quote by Lao-tzu, the father of Taoism.
“To attain knowledge, add things every day.
To attain wisdom, remove things every day.”
Dr. Frank Lipman, states this statement succinctly encompasses his beliefs in medicine and life – some days we add, some days we take away – all to achieve rhythm and balance in life. The book is meant to be read over the course of 42 days (*shout out to all Hitchhiker fans – 42 is THE answer) and be reflected upon daily. I’m going to read as intended and share insights along the way.
Leaving you today with the promised passage to give you a little more of the sense of Revive’s purpose:
How would you or how could you “slow” your life a little?
Other fun stuff:
- RealRyder class tonight, where I’ll be obtaining the last clips for finishing the short video!
- Check out your local chapter of “Slow” movements. We have an active Slow Food community in Los Angeles.
- And many thanks to Navitas Naturals for the warm welcome and “hello” discount (see the Twitter feed on the right!). Check ‘em out for your super-food supplies!
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