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I received a copy of The Life Organizer: A Woman's Guide to a Mindful Year, written by Jennifer Louden last month. Each one of the life organization books that I have read in the past year or so have been unique, and Jennifer's was no exception. As the cover of her book says, "Tips, Stories & Prompts to Focus Your Needs & Navigate Your Dreams", Jennifer includes helpful tips, stories from other women on what they've done, prompts to help the reader focus on their needs, and dreams as in the sense of helping you do what you've wanted to do but haven't before.
I'm going to pull an excerpt from a Q& A with that talks about the five step organizing process and this will better explain how her life organization book is different than others:
It takes far longer to explain the five steps than it does to do them!
The first step is to Connect. So much of our lives we forget we have a body until our back aches from sitting too long, or we have to go the bathroom urgently. Connecting simply means finding your body and feeling it. maybe take a breath, put your hand on your heart, or give yourself a little ear rub. It takes seconds.
The second step is to Feel. This is based on the great body of research in neurocardiology. We have a brain in our heart and that brain is one of our most effective tools for stress reduction and also for opening up the higher functions of our brain: creativity, intuition, empathy.
Feel means recall a pleasant feeling. I got married recently so my favorite memory these days is the ceremony and our dance. I take about 20 seconds to feel in and turn up the volume of those feelings of love and connection and happiness.
The third step is to Inquire. Drop a Mindful Question in to the opened up space. Something like 'What would I really love to do next?" or "what or whom do I want to say no to today?" or "What's most important in this moment?" Then the final two steps are to Allow yourself to relax and listen . And, finally Apply or take action. Do something with what you hear, even it's just say thank you for yourself checking in.
This is a mindfulness practice woven into everyday life.
Barb's note on this: the only thing that I did different on some of the chapters when she mentioned something about the "Spirit", I would apply God in the circumstance, and pray.
Her book has been helpful so far to me.For each week of the year, Jennifer has areas that you can journal and write down things such as "What would help my body feel listened to and loved?"She also talks about shadow comforts or time monsters. I can't go into too much more without giving away a lot of her book. It is helpful to me so far, and I have downloaded the app for her book from iTunes.
For more information, stop by her website: Jennifer Louden