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5 Things to Ponder This Weekend

 

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Here are a few things to ponder this weekend...   

1. Talk about a bucket list!

Best get started now! Check these out...

Bucket list

 

2. For Lit Junkies... Oz-tee

Check out these very cool te es. You can wear your favorite story. Really. The entire text of the book is on the tee. I'm thinking WIZARD OF OZ!  Litographs

 

 

 

 

 

3. Interesting Read:  

Brain_pickings_Brain Pickings is one of more interesting blogs out there. Writer Maria Popova dives intensely into a topic and captures it richly. Her "subjective lens on what matters in the world and why." It's definitely one of my regular reads.

 

 

4. Watch & Choose:   AmazonPilotSeason

It's Pilot Season on Amazon and they're letting us help choose their next original series. You watch the three finalist pilot episodes and then vote. It's fun to be part of the process. I have my favorite. Which is yours?

 

5. Quote to ponder:

"The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away." Pablo Picasso 

 

Have a great weekend!

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Interesting Read: http://www.nytimes.com/2015/11/22/magazine/the-women-of-hollywood-speak-out.html


Living Outside the Comfort Zone

By Cindy Yantis

The morning was alive with questions. I took my coffee and morning reading to a favorite lookout point in Hollywood. It was clear and cloudless with a joy-inducing view of the Hollywood sign. I situated myself so as not to look at the concrete landscape of LA, but rather the mountains, the sign and the scattering of homes tucked into the hills. As a small-town-kid-at-heart, it’s easy sometimes to feel weighed down by the heaviness of the city. I often feel the pull of the land and sky. It brings me back to a sense of home.

So, as I allowed my mind and body to still, as I relished my coffee, the veil over my eyes lifted and serenity peeked in. I was alone and it was heaven. In that moment, a lone bird with a huge wingspan soared across my view. It circled and found its landing spot. It did that a few times, each time the circle growing a bit wider.

It made me wonder if the bird realized it had the entire sky in which to roam, an entire world of sky to explore and a path of unending treetops to land and feed upon. Did he know he doesn’t have a mortgage payment or a job where he has to show up every day? Sure, it's possible he has a family he’s tending to if there are wee ones in the nest. But, I found myself saying, “Don’t you know you have the world at your wingtips? With places that have cleaner air and deeper greens? You have the power within you to go anywhere, with virtually nothing to hold you down. Even the nests you build are temporary, meant to house you for a time. Do you feel free? Or are there creature comforts holding you here?”  

As if by cue, the bird soared out of my scope of vision and I did a silent victory cheer for him. Even knowing that he’d probably be back, I admired the ability to be able to pick up and fly.

It got me thinking about creature comforts.

Do they really comfort us or keep us in the status quo?

Something to think about. The bird seemed pretty content, but you never know what’s lying just beyond comfortable until you step beyond it.

Soaring bird

 Related: Pick a Lane, Follow the Road Baby

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How to Love the Rabbit Hole

By Cindy Yantis

I recently sat down to meditate and, in order to clear my head before I started, I decided to respond to one Facebook message so it would be off my mind and I could focus on my meditation. Two hours later...

I went down the rabbit hole.   Rabbit Hole

It's a common theme for me, rabbit holing. This time, for me, Facebook led to Pinterest which led to links of articles about Shonda Rhimes saying yes and the latest polls in Nevada, to a couple of fashion blogs and then offline to send a few unrelated texts, save some photos which sparked ideas for future stories, blogs, scenes, characters and ghostwriting projects. All of this in one adventure down my rabbit hole. So, not all bad. The problem is I can get so enamored with each of those it can keep me from the designated task at hand.

So, what is it, exactly, the rabbit hole? It was made famous through the brilliant mind of Lewis Caroll

"The little girl just could not sleep because her thoughts were way too deep, her mind had gone out for a stroll and fallen down the rabbit hole." ~ Lewis Caroll, Alice in Wonderland

For Alice, she "fell very slowly, for she had plenty of time...to look about her, and to wonder what was going to happen next."

Ah, there's the hypnotic pull of the rabbit hole.

Once she landed with a "thump, thump, thump" the adventure had just begun. She turned corners and went down a "long, low hall" where she tried several locked doors. Then, she found a key which fit into a door behind a curtain. That led to a tiny passage way which led to garden, but she couldn't get to it because she was too tall. Then, ta dah, a bottle appeared that said "Drink Me," which Alice did and shrunk to ten inches tall, so she could enter the garden. By now, she "had begun to think that very few things indeed were really impossible."

The rabbit hole often gets a bad rap, as a dark place with no end and no escape. One friend said that’s where she goes when she thinks about sad, depressing things. One said that’s where his downward spiral is and when he’s there he just keeps spinning. Another said, her rabbit hole is paved with sugar, with a chocolate cake at the end of it.

What’s in your rabbit hole? Where does your mind go on its stroll?

This got me thinking about what we can control in our environment and what controls us. Because, here’s the thing. It’s your rabbit hole. You can design, decorate and infuse it with whatever you want, with whatever is going to serve you in that moment. Actually it’s a good thing to have a dark place to go to when you need to explore your feelings, a place that feels safe and private. But, when it starts to feel rabbit holey, the good news is, since it’s your rabbit hole, you can turn on the light anytime you want. Who knows what you might discover in there with a little light on the subject?

So, I decided to turn on the light and take a good look around my rabbit hole. On the way down, not surprising, it’s covered with shiny objects, interesting pictures, all kinds of knobby things on which I can get caught, plus enticing doors that lead to who-knows-where in corridors I must peruse. The truth is, it is filled with wonder. Because, I choose it to be. I always seem to come out with nuggets and gems I didn’t have before my journey there.

One of the characteristics of rabbit holing is a lack of focus or sense of direction, time and space. So, this is where you start owning your own rabbit hole.

First, recognize that you are, in fact, in the rabbit hole. Secondly, don't judge yourself for being there. Self-judgment is the number one deterrent to self-acceptance. TweetThis [source: @cindyyantis]

Turn on the light. Look around and decide what it looks like. What color is it? Is there furniture? Fancy light fixtures? Art on the wall? Give it a bit of structure.

Is it worth sticking around for a bit to discover why you’re there? When you think about it, a rabbit has very specific reasons for digging his hole, rather than it just being a day in the park. He’s looking for safety or food or sleep time or a sense of home. What are you looking for?

Give yourself a time limit. Okay, 10 more minutes in this corridor and then it’s back to the task at hand.

Give yourself freedom within the parameters of your redecorated rabbit hole. That way you decide if you stay there or move onto to a different wonderland. Part of the freedom of designing your own rabbit hole is that it’s not about any destination or conclusion, but rather the fresh experience while you’re there and what you might take with you when you leave.

Honor your rabbit hole. Yours is like no other. And, your next one will be unlike the one before that. Enter it with a sense of wonder.

In fact, when you learn to love the rabbit hole, it really is no wonder when Lewis Caroll called it “Wonderland.” 

Tweet: "You can't always control your environment, but you can control your reaction to it." [source: @cindyyantis]

 

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5 Things to Check Out This Weekend

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Long weekends provide even more time to peruse and ponder new and old things. Here's what's on my radar this week.

 

Travel inspiration: Fall foliange camden-gettyimages-173987023

In case you needed to be reminded what a spectacularly beautiful country we live in, check out: 

50 Small Towns With the Most Beautiful Fall Foliage

 Which is your favorite? Or do you have one to add to the list?

 

 Video: Endearing and awesome words of advice for living and aging gracefully... from all ages.

 

 

The skimm

Daily Read: It's true our inboxes are bombarded with all kinds of fodder to chew on and our time gets split in a million directions. I love TheSkimm because it's concise daily news bits bring me quickly up to speed. It was created by two 20-something NBC news producers from their living room sofa. Now, it's gone big time. They've definitely hit a pulse.

 

 

 

Grace and frankie

Recent Binge Watch: A friend just booked a role on the next season of the Netflix hit GRACE & FRANKIE. I binged on the 1st season in one weekend! It's so good, the writing crackles and the cast is brilliant! The chemistry between Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin (nominated for an Emmy), Martin Sheen & Sam Waterston is delicious. Perfect to watch with friends and family. I'll be at my parent's place in Michigan and just might need to watch it again with them.They'll love it!

 

 

 

 

Favorite Wayne Dyer Quote: As you most likely know, we lost a beloved thought leader this week. I remember how inspired I was years ago after reading his new ideas in "Your Erroneous Zones," and have had my thoughts changed by his words many times since. They always seem to be exactly what I'm supposed to receive at the time. Here's my current favorite quote:  

As I unclutter my life
'Nuf said, Dr. Dyer.

Have an amazing holiday weekend!

 

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4 Cool Things to Ponder This Weekend

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There's so much to be informed and inspired by...

And, in this world of information overload and quickening time clocks...

Here are few things I've been touching on this week.

 

 

Inspiration Tembi-Missionfor the Belly & the Soul: I'm inspired by my beautiful friend, Tembi Locke, who has turned her grief and story into an inspiring experience for community and communication. The Kitchen Widow, as she puts it, " is a modern take on the age-old kitchen table conversation – an inspirational online platform dedicated to raising awareness about how we can support each other through times of illness and grief. Here we reclaim the lost art of comforting the soul. We do it around delicious food." Her Sicilian recipes are mouth-watering. Check out her take on this kitchen staple: Red Wine-Infused Sea Salt Yum!

 


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Interesting Tidbit45 Ways to Avoid Using the Word Very from South African writer Amanda Patterson. Who knew the word 'very' was so very annoying and very overused? (what I meant to say is, who knew the word 'very' was so aggravating and saturated? Hmmm, okay. 

 

 

 

Helpful Article: I've talked in other posts about how decluttering your space can unclutter your energy and your mind: Clean Your Junk Drawer, Clean Your Mind so I'm always interested in ways to live in that clear space.

Here's some easy daily suggestions form the pros for ongoing unclutter-ness around the house: 9 Things Professional Organizers Do Every Day

 

Crazy, Genius Words of Encouragement: There's a reason this Jim Carrey graduation speech has gotten over 9 million views. Funny, brilliant and oh so encouraging rules for life. I've watched several times and always take something else away.  The whole thing is juicy, but here are some high points: having no limits (5:00 in), fear (10:20), currency (13:55), Self (18:20), letting go (22:30), hope & faith (24:45)

 

 

Enjoy your ponderings and have an incredible weekend!!

 

Cindy Yantis is the Thought Changer Blog owner & curator.  She is a freelance writer living in Los Angeles.  For more info: CindyYantis.com

 

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5 Things to Ponder This Weekend


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Here are a few things to ponder, try, question and while away the hours with this weekend...

 

 

 

 

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Site with great ideas: whether you're short on space or need to reorg the space you got, this is a one-stop blog. Check out Jen's tips on Socks!  

 

   Great work of your life

 Thought Changing Book: phrases like "life-changing" are tossed around pretty freely. But, this book, which I'm still reading, is thought-changing, mind blowing and is rocking my world in earthquake fashion! A friend turned my on to it last weekend and I can't stop thinking about it. It's like a GPS for your own life journey, stuff that hits a truth that's been hidden, even from yourself. Author Stephen Cope says, "in order to have a fulfilling life you must, in fact, discover the deep purpose hidden at the very core of your self." As you delve in you can't hide anymore! 

 

 

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Interesting Article: So money can buy a certain amount of happiness, but according to this article, long term happiness is buoyed more by experiences than things. 

The Science Of Why You Should Spend Your Money On Experiences, Not Things

 

Awesome TED Talk: Speaking of happiness, former Harvard professor and Good Think, Inc. CEO Shawn Acher's talk is captivating.  The Happy Secret to Better Work

 

Magic Puzzle

 

Time Suck App Worth the Time: I grew up doing jigsaw puzzles during long weekends and vacations. It was, and is, a great way to engage the left brain while allowing the right to breathe and recharge. Now, I'm OBSESSED with the App MAGIC PUZZLES. I even created one of Maggie, my cat. 

 

 

 

Enjoy your weekend!

 

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5 Things to Ponder This Weekend

One of the advantages of being attracted to "shiny objects" is I'm always running into interesting things.

Here are few things to ponder, contemplate, be inspired by and do this weekend.

Take Time to Ponder

Cool Soundssoundrown - ambient sounds to help you focus and relax. The Waves are my fave. 

Interesting Interview: I love Tim Ferriss Show Podcast. Here's a good one. With Tara Brach on Overcoming FOMO (Fear of Missing Out)

Pinterest Board Worth Following: Okay, I must admit I'm a little obsessed with Pinterest. Here's the latest board I'm loving: Book Club - awesome suggestions for getting in some last Summer reads. Also, come join me over there! Me on Pinterest 

Wonderful Movie: I attended a screening last weekend of the new animated film "Kahlil Gibran's The Prophet". This movie is a cinematic treat. Story and gorgeous images put to Gibran's brilliant words. 

The Moon: this weekend there will be a waxing crescent moon. Check it out and take a little time to ponder!

Have a wonderful weekend!

 

 

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