I woke up to More Snow. As in . . . Lots More Snow. Like we're talking . . . Full-Blown Snow Day.
(Garden Buddha says so long . . . for now.)
But snow days are good days for knitting sleeves and watching the Olympics and reading books, y'know? (Just make it stop by March.) And they're great for putting together another Friday Fish Wrap. (Click here if you're wondering what the heck I'm talking about.)
First, my amaryllis blooms continue to bring me great joy.
This is my only bloomer at the moment, but I have three more waiting in the wings -- two that are getting second buds, and one that has three stalks/buds -- but hasn't bloomed yet at all. (Some of them are very slow. I need to remind myself of this fact every year, it seems . . . when one of my new bulbs is off to a slower-than-expected start.) I was hoping to have continuous amaryllis blooms through January and February, and it worked.
I've been practicing mindfulness and daily meditation for a couple of years now. I've discovered practices that work well for me, and I notice more and more the benefits of regular meditation. Every once in a while, though, I stumble across something new and wonderful that adds either a new dimension to my practice, or that helps me understand it all in a new way.
This book . . .
is a game-changer when it comes to understanding mindfulness and meditation. Down-to-earth. Science-based. Practical applications. This is a great introduction to mindfulness -- especially if you've always thought it all was a bit too . . . new age-y and mystical for you.
It's also great for folks who've been meditating or practicing mindfulness for awhile. I had no intention of purchasing this book, but picked it up to check it out at the bookstore. After skimming through Chapter 2, I knew this book had to be part of my personal library, though. (Seriously. Chapter 2 kind of rocked my world.)
The book includes links for the various guided meditations described in the book, which is an extra bonus. (Apparently there is an app in the works as well, but I haven't seen it or tried it yet.)
Speaking of meditation apps . . .
I did find a new meditation app that I especially like. It's called Insight Timer - available for iPhone or Android systems (and it's even free). I've tried a few other meditation apps, but this one is my favorite. It has a huge library of guided meditations, music, and ambient sounds that you can choose from, and it covers all types of meditations (seated, walking, waking, etc.) and a variety of topics (intention-setting, sleeping, stress, beginning/introduction to meditation, etc.). You can also use it just as a timer -- with ambient sounds or bells.
If you're thinking of trying to develop your own meditation practice, I highly recommend this app.
Have you watched any of the Olympics yet? Tom and I tuned in to watch a bit of the curling last night, and I'm sure we'll be watching quite a bit as the games continue. Check out this guide to figure out when your favorite events are taking place.
I love Making magazine (brainchild of Carrie Hoge, now in partnership with Ashley Yousling).
It's a lovely magazine about . . . well, making stuff! Knitting and stitching and sewing and gardening and cooking and all kinds of making. It's a high-quality publication, and the photography is just gorgeous. They're now taking subscription orders for volumes 5 and 6 (apparently No. 5 is about color, and No. 6 is black and white; should be interesting).
Carrie and Ashley have also just started a Making podcast. Their first episode is available, and they plan to broadcast weekly.
When I choose a "one little word" each year, I like to surround myself with visual reminders of my word. Sometimes I order jewelry to wear; sometimes I find art pieces. I just find it helps me keep my word in mind . . . if I see it every day.
(For example, this year I ordered this little decal with my word. I'm planning to afix it to my laptop -- but you can see I haven't quite done it yet.)
I usually find and order my word-items on Etsy, but this year I also heard about this site. They stamp any word (or intention) you choose on a disc, and then place them on a necklace, bracelet, or key chain. You can even order a metal-stamping kit to create your own word pieces. If you're looking for a way to display your word, this is seems like a great option -- and the prices are reasonable, too.
In the time it's taken me to put together this post, Garden Buddha has been almost entirely covered with snow. So, yeah. It's really coming down out there!
That's it for this Friday Fish Wrap.
Have a great weekend!