Saturday:) Seriously Over Extending My Brain

19 Jul

“The more I read, the more I acquire, the more certain I am that I know nothing.”

~Voltaire

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Well, now I’m pretty certain that I know NOTHING! With all this quarantining quandary and distancing dilemma, I find myself on my electronic devices and social media way too much. That may sound bad, but there are some good aspects. I’ve learned a lot.

I’ve been meditating for many months now, and being home most the time, it isn’t such a hassle to squeeze in 45 minutes to an hour every day. I never used to be home that long. When I saw a 21 day meditation series on Facebook a while back, I signed up for it. I’ve done several since. There are also some great YouTube meditations that I listen to.

So, here’s the deal. Once you sign up for one of these things, you get dozens and dozens of other offers for free workshops and challenges. And, since the Covid confinement conundrum, everyone and their uncle is offering free workshops, videos, on-line courses, etc. Just today, I counted over 30 possible free workshops I could take. Where do I start?

Being the idealistic seeker of knowledge, truth, enlightenment, writing, poetry, art, and junk food junkie, I’ve signed up for several of these. Seriously, my head is about to explode from all this new found knowledge.

So far, I’ve done a 5 day writing challenge, a 5 day poetry challenge, two different 21 day meditation series, a calligraphy workshop, a few painting and drawing workshops, 3 Novenas, (A Catholic thing.), and I’ve watched countless Ted Talks and YouTube how-to videos. I’ve also signed up for several new workshops starting Monday. Yikes! 🤦‍♀️But, my all time favorite, still a work in progress, is my 10 Week Coursera Course, offered by Yale University on the Science of Well Being. I have learned SO much from this course and I’m only on week 7. And yes, it’s a real college course, and there’s homework, notes, extra reading, videos, quizzes and tests.

Indeed, my head is going to explode!

From all these challenges and new found self-assessments, the most profound idea I’ve taken away from all of this is very simple…Be kind to yourself, be kind to others, and live each day as if it were your last, and love each day as if it was your first. That’s very profound, isn’t it. SEE! I told you I’ve learned a lot.

I have learned to pay closer attention to the good things in life, get more sleep, and exercise every day. I am grateful for the chance to learn, to share my thoughts, be grateful for my many blessings, and for another beautiful evening walk.

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