Date Night

Got a date with a very special protagonist tonight – Harry Bosch

 Two Kinds of Truth

Harry Bosch searches for the truth in the new thriller from #1 NYT bestselling author Michael Connelly

Harry Bosch is back as a volunteer working cold cases for the San Fernando Police Department and is called out to a local drug store where a young pharmacist has been murdered. Bosch and the town’s 3-person detective squad sift through the clues, which lead into the dangerous, big business world of pill mills and prescription drug abuse.

Meanwhile, an old case from Bosch’s LAPD days comes back to haunt him when a long-imprisoned killer claims Harry framed him, and seems to have new evidence to prove it. Bosch left the LAPD on bad terms, so his former colleagues aren’t keen to protect his reputation. He must fend for himself in clearing his name and keeping a clever killer in prison.

The two unrelated cases wind around each other like strands of barbed wire. Along the way Bosch discovers that there are two kinds of truth: the kind that sets you free and the kind that leaves you buried in darkness.

 

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Tell Me How You Pause…

It is Freebie Friday! To win a copy of the outstanding book Pause: How to press pause before life does it for you by Danielle Marchant ($19.99), published by Hachette Australia, in the comments tell me how you pause.

How to press pause

 

** This competition is open to Australian residents only and the winner will be randomly selected on Wednesday the 1st of November 2017. Thanks Hachette Australia for the opportunity to host this great giveaway.

 

 

****The winner is Brett. Thanks to all who entered.

Pause…Bee Meditation: Pause – How To Pause Before Life Does For You – Danielle Marchant


How to press pause

 

Pause: How to press pause before life does it for you by Danielle Marchant ($19.99), published by Hachette Australia.

 

This book is probably the best A$19.99 you will  spend this year; so many useful, simple exercises for relaxation and meditation, for re centering and pauses – big and small.  If you do nothing else – concentrate on your breathing – deep breathing is so good for the whole body and you can practice this anywhere any time of the day.

 

“Bee Meditation

 

One of the ways we can begin to create harmony with our outer world is to create harmony within ourselves. There are different approaches to this. One is creating a natural rhythm

(with your food, sleep, work and so on); another is learning to manage your mind. A long time ago, I was taught, “You have a mind but you are not your mind.” In the same way as you have an arm but you don’t let your arm rule the show, why would you allow your mind to take over?

 

If your stress levels feel unmanageable and you find it hard to switch off and relax, it’s likely that your mind is busy. For some people this is particularly easy to spot at night, when

after an intense day they lie in bed exhausted, but unable to sleep. The more stress builds within us, the less easy it is for us to flow in our lives.

 

One tool that helps deal with everyday stress and allows you to begin to manage your mind to bring it back into harmony is meditation. I meet a lot of people in my coaching practice who tell me that they have tried mediation, but found it too difficult and have given up. The trouble is, when they sit down to meditate they can hear their busy minds racing, and they think they are meditating incorrectly. In truth, sitting down to meditate will make you conscious of what is already present, and if for you that’s a racing mind and anxiety, then that is what you will experience. This doesn’t mean you are not doing it right; it simply means that this is what your inner world feels like at this moment in time (and perhaps beyond this moment). The art of meditation is to sit with the experience you are having, whatever it is, without trying to change it, judge it or fix it. Your “job” in meditation is to stay seated and simply pay attention to your breathing, while your mind chatters and your feelings come to the surface. 

If that feels too difficult for you at this time, you might like to try this lovely Bee Meditation (see page 74), which I describe as a meditation for people who can’t meditate. I find it works well when you have a busy mind, because the sound you make is a distraction, and the mind loves a distraction! It works by blocking out the senses of sight and sound, and creating an internal vibration by humming. The hum makes a sound like a bee buzzing, hence the name.

Here is how the Bee Meditation works (read this through in full before you begin):

 

Prepare yourself by finding a place you can be alone for a few minutes. Sit in a comfortable position, with your back straight.

 

Scan your body and notice how you are feeling.

 

When you are ready, close your eyes, put your thumbs in your ears and gently cover your eyes with your forefingers (the idea is to block out the senses of sight and sound for a moment).

 

Inhale, and on the exhale make a humming sound.

 

Repeat the inhale and hum for ten breaths.

 

When you have completed your ten breaths, keep your eyes closed, rub your hands together to generate some heat and place your hands over your face.

 

Gently open your eyes and remove your hands.

 

Scan your body again and notice how you feel.” p.72

Pause: How To Press Pause Before Life Does It For You – Some Ideas to Help You Slow Down and Breathe Again

How to press pause

Pause: How to press pause before life does it for you by Danielle Marchant ($19.99), published by Hachette Australia.

Summary (p220)

 

If you think you are heading toward an enforced pause, here are some ideas to help you to slow down and breathe again:

 

Technology – reduce the cortisol spikes in your body by:

  • Removing all alerts from your phone.
  • Deleting social media apps from your phone.
  • If you’re feeling bold, you can also turn email off on your phone – you will survive, I promise!

 

Nutrition – support your overall system by:

  • Eating less sugar, gluten and dairy.
  • Increasing your daily intake of water.
  • Cutting out caffeine (remember it’s hidden in some fizzy drinks and is also in chocolate).

 

Reflection – allow yourself to slow down and reflect on the signs life is giving you by:

  • Journaling daily, even if it’s just a paragraph.
  • Writing down the dreams you have at night can have a very powerful effect.
  • Working closely with a good coach, therapist or body worker.
  • Regularly spending time in Nature.

 

I’m ever grateful to have been taught how to read the signs of my life, to be able to enquire and get the message. I’m discovering I don’t always get it right, but my life has undoubtedly changed as a result. ” Danielle Marchant

Pause: How to Press Pause Before Life Does For You: Deep Breathing Exercise

How to press pause

Pause: How to press pause before life does it for you by Danielle Marchant ($19.99), published by Hachette Australia.

 

I have found deep breathing to be  particularly useful practice whenever I am feeling tense or overwhelmed, or having my blood pressure measured, trying to fall asleep etc  I hope it assists you too.

 

Deep breathing exercise (p196)

 

This simple breathing exercise is very relaxing for the body and mind, so it is particularly helpful before you go to sleep – you can do it lying down in bed.

 

  • Let your arms relax on either side of your body and keep your legs about hip-width apart. Initially, just take a few gentle deep breaths, inhaling through your nose

and exhaling through your mouth, mindful of filling and emptying your lungs fully.

 

  • Now take a deep inhale through your nose for a count of four. You might create a soft sound as you do so that also helps to soothe and relax you. Hold the breath at the top of the inhale for a count of four, then exhale through your nose for a count of four.

 

  • On the next breath, inhale for a count of six, hold for a count of six and exhale for a count of six. And the breath after that, inhale, hold and exhale for counts of eight. If you can, try building up to counts of 10 and 12.

 

  • To complete the exercise, start reducing the count by two for each breath until you finish with a count of four.

 

  • Now just let go and breathe normally…

A Time To Pause

There are times in our life we we need to pause, to stop for reflection, to work out a new or maybe different path, a time to slow things down and work out what is important. Endless lists, social media updates, work, meetings, deadlines…all a priority – or are they? It is time to pause.

 

 


How to press pause

Pause: How to press pause before life does it for you by Danielle Marchant ($19.99), published by Hachette Australia.

More soon.

Post Script: Olivia The Spy

Olivia The Spy

Olivia The Spy

Ian Falconer

Simon & Schuster

ISBN: 9781471164224

 

 Description:

Everyone’s favourite pig is about to have a surprise trip to the ballet! But when Olivia overhears her mother complaining about her recent naughty behaviour, her imagination runs wild and she decides to find out everything being said about her . . . until her eavesdropping leads her to believe she is being carted off to prison!

 

 

My View:

I love this feisty little character called Olivia – she is inquisitive, she has imagination and the writer and illustrator, Ian Falconer, has a great sense of humour that is evident throughout the narrative (and the drawings). This is part of a number of “Olivia” books – I think young children would enjoy to follow this fun character on her adventures.

 

There is a moral to the story – so this could be a useful tool for school librarians, teachers, budding young artists (the drawings are so much fun) and care givers alike.

 

This is a very fun read.