April 22, 2016 – Five for Friday

It’s been gorgeously warm and sunny all week. This morning we opened the windows to crazy wind, tons of rain and dark, dark skies. Enough that I’ll actually drive the kids to school – which is a pretty rare occurrence. We live in Oregon after all, a little rain on our heads is to be expected. It’s enough that I’m thinking of postponing my walk – which is super super rare. I usually walk no matter what the weather is. But this feels almost monsoon-ish.

Anyway. Five for Friday.

What I’ve been Watching: Alone. I love this show – it’s about people out in the middle of nowhere (Vancouver Island in Canada, actually) doing the survivalist thing. The bit that sets it apart from the typical shows like this is that they’re truly alone. They film everything themselves. They’re separated from other contestants by “bodies of water or impassable mountains.” There’s a lot of time spent talking to themselves, trying to figure things out. Some of the contestants are hilarious. Some of them thought the being alone would be no big thing, but it turns out it’s huge. There’s also black bears all over the place. It’s crazy to see the contestants know this going in, and feel pretty fine about, talking a little bear trash even, and then realize this is a much bigger deal than they thought. The progression they people go through is amazing. It’s a great, great show and I was so excited to see that my DVR had started recording season 2 before I even knew there was going to be a season 2.

What I’m reading: Still Presence. I can not seem to finish. It’s a quick read, and it’s interesting, but for some reason I’m still not done with it. I’m not sure why. It’s really good and I actually find myself making old people noises when I recognize myself in what Cuddy is writing. Sitting there at t-ball practice, in my camp chair grunting when I realize I totally do the low-power thing she’s talking about. It’s a little embarrassing.

What I’m listening to: Rob Bell talking to Richard Rohr about an alternate orthodoxy. He’s a prolific author & Catholic priest (I think?)  It’s kind of long and heady, but holy cow it’s amazing. I’m definitely planning to listen to it again.

What I’m thinking about: How crazy it is how much my mind is affected by what my body does. Getting on the elliptical puts me in the best mood. Actually, no – getting off the elliptical, after a really good, strong 30 minutes, puts me in the best mood. I feel strong and confident and happy. Presence is all about how the body affects the mind and things you can – and are already – doing to alter your mental state. It’s amazing to me.

Quote(s) on my mind: “Everybody’s got a plan until they get punched in the mouth.” – Mike Tyson. I heard it from Desmond, one of the contestants on Alone last night as he realized he was smack dab in the middle of bear territory.


“Until you make the unconscious conscious it will direct your life and you will call it fate.” – Carl Jung, told to me by my friend Elysia Hartzell, when I was interviewing her about her work as a healer & spiritual coach.

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