ROCK OUT WITH YOUR BLOCK OUT was an Instagram Challenge I did recently. It’s so good to use things like this to widen my own practice and my teachings. Yes! you read that correctly – I’ve taken my love of teaching (usually little people) and my love of Yoga and combined them into the BEST. HOBBY. EVER. Yay me! Less than ten hours to go before I’m fully fledged. Thank you to all the beautiful souls who have helped me along the way. And now you know why ‘Glimpses’ has been super quiet these last few months. As much as I’d love to, I just can’t squeeze everything in life in the way this time-lapse clip does!! haha!
RAW. UNEDITED. YES. THOSE ARE MY PYJAMAS. NO. I DON’T REALLY CARE.
THE OFFICIAL BLURB:
13-year-old Jenna Metcalf is on a quest, searching for her mother, Alice, an elephant researcher, who disappeared 10 years earlier after a tragic accident at their sanctuary for former circus/zoo elephants in New England. Leaving Time explores the mother-daughter relationship, be it elephant or human, and the idea that those we can’t forget are never truly gone.
I seem to have strayed from my beloved Jodi Picoult in recent years. I’m not sure if it is I who have changed or if I could not keep up with her apparently rapid release of novels. Oh! To have that many ideas on standby to bring to life with words!
Leaving Time was a wonderful return to one of my favourite authors. I was deeply touched by the connections made between this world and the next as well as the knowledge shared about such spectacular animals – both in captivity and in the wild. I learnt so much about two amazing species – Elephants and ‘Parents’.
Mothers, Fathers, Foster Parents, Adopted Parents, Best Friends of Parents who may as well be related and almost become Parents anyway – there is an undeniable bond, ready and almost tangible amongst them all and their charges!
In true Picoult style, there is a twist – isn’t there always? I related to each of the characters as a direct result of the writing style and the trademark ‘twist’ only cemented this with me further….I have since considered re-reading to check if there was any indication earlier in the book where I could or should have picked up on ‘things’ sooner but to be honest, my ‘to read’ list is long enough as it is without a double up :)
I thoroughly enjoyed the reading experience of this one, welcome back to my library Jodi !
Ceony Twill arrives at the cottage of Magician Emery Thane with a broken heart. Having graduated at the top of her class from the Tagis Praff School for the Magically Inclined, Ceony is assigned an apprenticeship in paper magic despite her dreams of bespelling metal. And once she’s bonded to paper, that will be her only magic…forever.
Yet the spells Ceony learns under the strange yet kind Thane turn out to be more marvelous than she could have ever imagined—animating paper creatures, bringing stories to life via ghostly images, even reading fortunes. But as she discovers these wonders, Ceony also learns of the extraordinary dangers of forbidden magic.
An Excisioner—a practitioner of dark, flesh magic—invades the cottage and rips Thane’s heart from his chest. To save her teacher’s life, Ceony must face the evil magician and embark on an unbelievable adventure that will take her into the chambers of Thane’s still-beating heart—and reveal the very soul of the man.
I’ll admit it. I am a fan of Harry Potter, Twilight, Game of Thrones, Shiver/Linger/etc, The Magician’s Circus, Star Wars, Divergent, The Hunger Games and all. So, twas no surprise really that I was drawn to and LOVED The Paper Magician.
Sure, it was far less complex than some of its predecessors but it was also utterly charming in its delivery and another that I read long into the night on more than one occasion.
Ceony is feisty and determined. Completely inexperienced but gutsy. Magician Thane is charmingly eccentric – one of my favourite qualities in any character – both real and fictional :)
Way of the Peaceful Warrior has become one of the most beloved spiritual sagas of our time. Shared among friends and families, this multimillion-copy word-of-mouth bestseller has been translated into twenty languages and has inspired men and women of all ages worldwide.
Despite his success, college student and world-champion athlete Dan Millman is haunted by a feeling that something is missing from his life. Awakened one night by dark dreams, he wanders into an all-night gas station. There he meets an old man name Socrates, and his world is changed forever. Guided by this eccentric old warrior and drawn to an elusive young woman named Joy, Dan begins a spiritual odyssey into realms of light and shadow, romance and mystery. His journey leads him toward a final confrontation that will deliver or destroy him.
This classic tale, told with heart and humor, speaks to the peaceful warrior in each of us. Countless readers have been moved to laughter and tears – even moments of illumination – as they rediscover life’s larger meaning and purpose. Journey with Dan on the peaceful warrior’s path to unreasonable happiness. Find out for yourself why this book changes lives.
I’m not sure what I was expecting when I first began reading Way of the Peaceful Warrior but it was not a light-hearted read. Although I learnt much, I found that I had to be in the right frame of mind before committing to each chapter. In hindsight, I realise that I was ‘getting present’ to get the most out of the story. It definitely made me think about my own attitude and approach to life and life’s challenges. I found Dan’s character to be quite relatable as he reminded me of myself when he both was open-minded and simultaneously stubborn at times!
With the help of Socrates (the stereotypical ‘Wise Old Man’), Dan Millman is teaching people to trust their instincts; and believe in the infinitude of possibilities within. The message for me was loud and clear: Start where you are – wherever that may be – and go forth with kindness to yourself and to others. Do what you love.
“You’ll never be better, the same as you will never be less, than anybody else.” – SOCRATES
Way of the Peaceful Warrior has helped in my own life by prompting me to change perspectives. I have fought battles within my own mind for many years. I’ve grown anxious; I’ve listened to my own ‘stories’ in my head and believed them. I’ve become anxious about my anxiety and lost confidence in my instincts.
The book confirmed for me that the toughest battles really are the ones within, and not the bully in the schoolyard or the staff room. It doesn’t matter what other people think or believe about me. That I believe in myself, and love the authenticity of who I am is what is important to me these days.
Yoga was the first room full of people that I walked into, where I was told to leave my ego at the door; where judgement and negativity wasn’t a naturally underlying current or response during conversation. The Petrol Station was the same for Dan Millman and so he kept returning to that safe place, as do I.
As the story progresses Dan Millman became curious about his life and his own potential. He searches within for meaning and purpose. I think we all do that on some level at some stage during our lives.
In my daily life I have become more patient and more compassionate toward my family. I can understand more fully that we all have our own stories and fears and barriers, no matter if we are 8 or 80 years old. I have started setting personal goals in terms of solitary words and/or feelings rather than material successes and hope my children notice the difference one day.
“There’s never nothing going on. There are no ordinary moments.” – DAN MILLMAN