Read not to contradict and confute; nor to believe and take for granted;
nor to find talk and discourse; but to weigh and consider.
Some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed,
and some few to be chewed and digested:
that is, some books are to be read only in parts,
others to be read, but not curiously, and some few
to be read wholly, and with diligence and attention.
~ Francis Bacon ~
Day 4 Activities:
1) Mantra meditation
2) Minimum 30 minutes of calorie burning
3) Write down everything you eat and sketch your Balance Chart
4) Start reading a book
Begin reading a book...purely for joy. Not for a class or your job, not because it seems like something you "should" read...just because it's pleasing to you.
Read it at your own pace and frequency.
Allow yourself to be fully present with the author's words and the words' effect on you.
Notice your body as you read, notice where your mind goes when you read, notice your breath as you read. And if you decide you don't like the book...pick up another one.
Here are some of my favorites (if you're in the mood for a yoga/meditation book).
And this and my favorite new place to trade books and get new book ideas, www.swaptree.com (totally free, so cool!)
This is what's on my night table: Eastern Body, Western Mind: Psychology and the Chakra System as a Path to the Self I'd love to hear what you select. Happy mindful reading!