I’m not a believer in New Year’s resolutions, admittedly because I’ve never accomplished one in my life. But, this year I’ve decided I’m going to make a promise to myself, not a resolution, to make a better effort at something I’ve wanted to do-slow down.
This idea came to me after I read a recent interview in the New York Times with Ian McEwan where he was asked if he read poetry. His response, taken out of context, could speak to a lot of things these days, “….it takes an effort to step out of the daily narrative of existence, draw that neglected cloak of stillness around you – and concentrate, if only for three or four minutes.” His quote spoke to me; in my context it means I need to find some stillness.
Knowing I can’t do this alone – during my last attempt at yoga all I could think about was what I was going to eat for dinner and while trying to meditate last week I kept thinking I could still my brain with a nap – I’m turning to the library shelves for help. The good news is, we have a lot of wonderful options.
I have pulled a few standout titles from our collection that I hope will help me achieve my promise to myself, stillness. If you are interested, but none of these titles speak to you, come up to the reference desk and we’ll help you find something that does.
Relax Mind & Body: Meditations to Soothe the Center: Two Guided Meditations
Relax & Restore
Rodney Yee’s Daily Yoga
Mindfulness for Beginners: Reclaiming the Present Moment -- and Your Life
Real Happiness: Learn the Power of Meditation: a 28-day Program
Learning to Breathe: My Yearlong Quest to Bring Calm to My Life
Hell-bent: Obsession, Pain, and the Search for Something Like Transcendence in Competitive Yoga
Mental Resilience: the Power of Clarity: How to Develop the Focus of a Warrior and the peace of a monk