Today's theme in my art journal for Rhonna's 21 day challenge is EFFORT. I found yesterday that it wasn't about what I was thinking while I was sitting, it was about just putting in the effort, the good work of going for it. My first reaction when doing something new or going back to something long forgotten is to read about it. Look for answers in a book. In creating my meditation habit, I immediately wanted to grab all my favorite books on mindfulness and simplicity and devour them. This is fine and all, but what I really needed to be doing was sitting on the cushion...doing the work...or in this case doing nothing at all! So I did just that. No matter how short of time I have to meditate, I devote some time each day.
However, since I am a librarian, I feel obligated to give some book recommendations:) Here are some of my favorite books and authors on living the mindful life:
Anything by Thich Nhat Hanh~ my personal favorite is Being Peace
Wherever you go, there you are by Jon Kabat-Zinn
The Wooden Bowl by Clark Strand
A Path with Heart by Jack Kornfield
Everyday Sacred, Plain and Simple and Stretching Lessons by Sue Bender