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Goal in focus Win Award for my book 2 people are doing this
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16/02/2017
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    meditation7 Doing 7 cheers 2017-02-24 14:17:46

    I found 4 literarily-inclined friends to send my screenplay to and get feedback from. I caught a couple of typos/missing words in a brief glance-through, which makes me think there may be more that I'm missing. But now I'm curious to see what their collective reaction is, and whether I've succeeded in creating a page-turner.

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    meditation7 Doing 5 cheers 2017-02-17 03:20:30

    Today I arrived at page 56 of editing my current script and find myself enjoying the process tremendously.

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    meditation7 Doing 5 cheers 2017-02-16 01:39:08

    I would've phrased this goal differently, since what I really want is an award for my screenplay based on my book, but I figured I'd join a goal that already had other subscribers... 🙂 Today: finished the first draft of the screenplay, after a month working on the adaptation.

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Thrive! 4 people are doing this
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17/02/2017
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    meditation7 Doing 4 cheers 2017-03-03 18:54:07

    There's much that I could write about thriving, but I'm finding a few keystone concepts to help my days lead me to thriving...


    1. Consistent drinking of water during the day, tapering off in the late afternoon

    2. Having a 4 pm 30-minute clean-up period, so nothing stands in the way later of getting to bed early

    3. Winding down my day by 7:30 or 8 pm and starting with the evening ritual of maintenance of eyes and teeth while listening to a fiction audiobook

    4. Writing my plans for the next day before bed

    5. Waking up by 4, starting the breakfast cooking and sitting down for 15-30 minutes of meditation.


    Some time ago I read "The Power of Habit"; the author emphasized that there's typically one keystone habit that leads to other good habits showing up.

    For me, it's getting to bed early for long, deep sleep.

    But now I realize that...


    1. Deep sleep requires not rising in the middle of the night (hence tapering water consumption mid-afternoon);

    2. Getting to bed early depends on my environment feeling "finished"; hence that it already be cleaned up

    3. Maintenance, pre-bed time, requires having the enticement of a fiction audiobook that also keeps me from getting distracted by other things;

    4. The whole point of getting to bed early, beyond good sleep, is having a productive early morning, and having a plan in place allows me to go on autopilot with the plan when I wake;


    and lastly...


    1. Rising at 4, putting breakfast on simmer and meditating means that even using 15-30 minutes, I'll have tons of time in the morning for my most demanding creative projects.


    This is not the same thing as thriving, but it is putting in place the habits that lead to thriving...

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17/02/2017
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    meditation7 Doing 7 cheers 2017-04-07 02:58:32

    For today, Thursday April 6th, I am very grateful for...


    1. A good workshop today at noon, with a lot more people than I thought might come

    2. Talking with J several times

    3. Talking with Julie and hearing about her happiness re: P's plans to stay with her at Snoqualmie falls for her birthday

    4. Talking with M about taking care of her cat while she's traveling

    5. A new interesting/entertaining audiobook: The Logic of Life

    6. Sun in the afternoon! I know it's not objectively true, but it feels like the first time in 8 months

    7. Sunbathing while having dinner!

    8. Kale quesadillas for dinner

    9. Having Julia Cameron's book "Walking in this World" on audio thanks to S.

    10. Assembling a new "Happy" playlist and listening to some of it

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    meditation7 Doing 5 cheers 2017-04-06 00:32:13

    Today, April 5th, I am very grateful for...


    1. Rising at 4

    2. Meditating

    3. Talking with J

    4. Talking with my brother

    5. Finally getting the book for him

    6. Having great audiobooks to listen to/from work

    7. My plan to do slightly different classes resulted in an additional engagement later on in the month

    8. Leftovers

    9. A quiet day

    10. A brief journey back into 43things

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    meditation7 Doing 5 cheers 2017-02-28 00:57:31

    For Monday Feb, 27, I'm very grateful for...


    1. Sleeping well

    2. Being asked to teach an extra corporate class next week

    3. Meditating

    4. The remnants of the Decoding Deepak film watched yesterday wafting in and out through my mind, as well as the observations they provided about what it takes to live at that level of success

    5. Making progress in my game

    6. Remembering about the technique of showering in the middle of the day as a means of "rebooting" mentally

    7. Spending most of a cold, wintry day in a climate-controlled environment

    8. Time to get to my destinations in a relaxed fashion

    9. Time to stop at the library and read a little

    10. The thought of being able to get home tonight, slipping into bed early and sleeping long.

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    meditation7 Doing 4 cheers 2017-02-28 00:55:40

    For Sunday, Feb 26th, I was very grateful for...


    1. Morning class flying by when compared with an 1.5 hour class yesterday

    2. Getting a ride back from class

    3. Watching the Decoding Deepak film with J

    4. Walking to the nursery

    5. The peaceful feeling of the nursery

    6. Petting the koi fish

    7. Macadamia nuts!

    8. A quiet afternoon at home

    9. J's smile and laughter while walking

    10. The quick, homeopathic amount of time spent at the second-hand store to kill the desire to shop without actually buying anything.

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    meditation7 Doing 2 cheers 2017-02-28 00:54:21

    For Saturday, Feb. 25th, I was very grateful for...


    1. Understanding the difference between a mood and a biochemical imbalance

    2. Meditating

    3. Visiting East-West with J and playing with the 4 large quartz bowls

    4. The woman who complimented me at the end of the 2nd class

    5. Falling asleep with J

    6. The mating ethos of the Bonobo monkeys

    7. Making extra money with the 2nd class

    8. Having J here in the evening

    9. The bright lights at the Japanese shop raising my mood from dark, rainy day

    10. The wrap with RA's leftover salad

    11. Getting to bed early.

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16/02/2017
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    meditation7 Doing 6 cheers 2017-02-16 01:44:20

    Hello, everybody! So delighted that 43Things is back after a long hiatus and that a great community can be forged with amazing people from all over the world!

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    meditation7 Doing 3 cheers 2017-10-10 00:46:10

    Cat Chaser by Elmore Leonard

    I finally finished an Elmore Leonard novel and must confess that I was quite taken by the style of writing, the fluidity of the story, the complexity of the plot, and the fact that halfway along the story you couldn't quite tell who was deceiving whom. Was the former secret police general of the Dominican Republic setting up the main character and Mary (the general's wife who's having an affair with the main character)... or was it the boozy private investigator who sets up shop at the main character's motel in the Florida oceanfront... or was it the mafioso whom the general calls on, from time to time, to clean things up without getting the police involved?

    The other stories that I've tried to read so far of Elmore Leonard's were so gritty and the characters so corrupt in their own way, that I'd always leave the books feeling a little slimed. Cat Chaser was different, took me to unexpected places, taught me some history that I knew nothing about and while some of the characters were despicable in a multifaceted way, it wasn't a book were you were rooting for the least despicable person...

    Well written, well-plotted, well-paced, and certainly entertaining, Cat Chaser doesn't have any transcendental redeeming qualities, but neither does it aim for that. Mr. Leonard ropes you in with the equivalence of a friend sitting on a porch with you on a sunny Sunday afternoon drinking ice tea and asking, "Did I ever tell you the story about..." ... and you can't leave till you know how it ends.

    It is crime fiction, so it may not appeal to everyone, and I can't say that I'm a fan of crime fiction, but I am a fan of a well-told, multidimensional story with characters that have good and bad points and a plot line that keeps you interested. 5 out of 5 stars.

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    meditation7 Doing 2 cheers 2017-10-04 23:56:07

    Why Time Flies: A Mostly Scientific Investigation by Alan Burdick

    This was a fun book, by turns uber scientific in the exploration of what's happening neurally when we're keeping track of time, by turns downright fascinating, as when the author narrates his visit to the headquarters in Paris of the International Time Clock to find that it exists... on paper. (And then finds out that the timekeeper herself has her watch set 20 minutes fast, which drew a howl of laughter from me.)

    The book especially comes alive when he narrates his interaction with his own two boys and their idiosyncratic developing awareness of what this thing called "time" is.

    The author dwells extensively on the subjectivity of our perception of the passage of time, and the gazillion experiments done through the centuries to quantify and affect that subjectivity. There are some parts where the level of detail exceeded my interest, but they were easily supplanted by something new that he'd pull out of the hat in the next section or the next chapter.

    All in all, the book was at its most charming and interesting when the author discussed the experiences with his kids... in a way, I wish he would write an entire book just on that, because it was sweet, funny, revealing of their curiosity and bafflement by adult things, and so much more.

    This is definitely a 5 out of 5 stars.

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    meditation7 Doing 1 cheers 2017-10-04 23:47:01

    Tinker Dabble Doodle Try: Unlock the Power of the Unfocused Mind by Srini Pillay, M.D.

    I was excited to find this book because I do believe that play is not only one avenue to happiness but also to creative breakthroughs. Unfortunately, the book alludes to this but gets lost in technicalities, side musings, and more, in a way that didn't fulfill what I hoped I'd find in it.

    Mind you, this might be a great book for somebody wanting to find out all the research and dabbling that people have done on... well, on dabbling. I was hoping for something more fun, playful and practical. There is one practical take-away: leave more empty time in your life to daydream and to play around with projects, but that could be told in one line.

    I hesitate to say this because the author is obviously well-intentioned in his book, but there are so many sidebars and related and not-so related explorations that it feels like the book was the author's own tinkering and dabbling project... it doesn't feel like it builds up to something, but just meanders through the ballpark of the subject.

    I think Julia Cameron's "The Artist's Way" gets a lot closer to this subject than the more academic, intellectual approach that the author takes.

    For me, it was a 2 stars out of 5, and again, this doesn't mean that someone else with a more academic bent might not find it very useful. As for me, it makes me want to write the book that I was hoping to read.

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    meditation7 Doing 2 cheers 2017-10-04 23:35:17

    The Spontaneous Fulfillment of Desire: Harnessing the Infinite Power of Coincidence by Deepak Chopra

    Sometimes I go years without reading anything by Deepak Chopra and when I do, I remember what a good writer and presenter he is. He had very thoughtworthy insights about the nature of stepping into synchronicity and coincidence, and some rather striking practices to follow to shift one's mind from everyday me-centered living to a grander perspective where what we want aligns also with the desires that we are channeling from our larger self.

    His story of synchronicity from the cricket match he enthused about as a boy and the coincidences that it led to 40 years later on an airplane over Australia is worth reading the book for. It exemplifies how truly transcendental and mind-boggling some "coincidences" can be.

    Highly recommended for anyone wanting to discover how to have more coincidence, synchronicity and alignment in one's life.

    5 out of 5 stars.

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    meditation7 Doing 1 cheers 2017-10-04 23:26:03

    Solve for Happy: Engineer Your Path to Joy, by Mo Gawdat

    I've read countless books on spirituality, happiness, achievement, transformation and philosophy throughout my life. And, to my surprise, this book summarizes everything worth knowing and understanding--in a way that is totally down to earth, asks the very questions that are always at the back of our minds, and lays everything out so clearly, so directly, and so devoid of unnecessary clutter, that it qualifies as a book that deserves to be read by anyone and everyone.

    The author is a successful Google executive who lost his son. His grieving and pain are revisited at key times throughout the book and drive home the message that happiness is a skill to be learned rather than something that relies on good or bad outer circumstances.

    The author outlines the 6 grand illusions, the 5 blind spots and the 7 truths that, once understood, will make the cultivation of an attitude of happiness possible.

    I found that this book encapsulated all the teachings worth knowing of the likes of Eckhart Tolle, J. Krishnamurti, and many others, without losing sight of keeping everything practical and everyday. The only exception was when the author attempted to tackle scientifically the last of his 7 truths... I happen to share his conclusions but his methodology to arrive there wasn't quite the clean, practical, here-and-now approach that he takes throughout the rest of the book.

    I'm smiling because one of the things he points out is that we tend to focus on the negative stuff rather than the positive, which is in part why we get lost in unhappy thoughts. So, let me correct the above exception by saying that the exception is a tiny blip and that the book is absolutely fantastic in its directness, practicality, and groundedness. The author definitely speaks my language in taking nothing for granted and building a solid foundation to everything that he presents.

    This is quite a gift he's given to the world. I've recommended this book to all of my friends.

    A very enthusiastic (and reverent) 5 out of 5 stars.

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16/02/2017
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    meditation7 Doing 1 cheers 2017-02-26 04:05:22

    Sleep earlier and taper off on drinking water by 4 pm, so you can get up earlier, but not to go pee. :-)

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    meditation7 Doing 2 cheers 2017-02-17 03:22:34

    Ever since I got a housemate who wakes up at 4 (and whose alarm tends to wake me up at 4 also), this goal has become easier and easier. Getting to bed early sometimes means starting preparations way ahead of time, as in cleaning and decluttering earlier in the day so there's less to do between me and getting to bed when it's time.

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16/02/2017
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    meditation7 Doing 8 cheers 2017-02-26 04:07:17

    Ah, Vee the Aatmiya Yogini, DaveA, and so many of you who followed me and whom I followed back in the days... where are you?

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      meditation7 Doing 3 cheers 2017-02-28 01:04:37

      @beequeen Oh, my goodness--Yes, I remember so many of those names. Faustus lives in my town and we almost met in person, but somehow the planning fell through with schedules and timing. I hope eventually they find their way back! :-)

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      meditation7 Doing 5 cheers 2017-02-28 01:06:27

      @wyverndust We know each other off-43Things, and she's one of the few people I met in person, even though we live in different continents. She is as amazing in person as she was on here. I sent her an alert to the fact that 43Things was coming back, but I get the feeling her current work schedule has a tendency to interfere... Still, here's hoping... :-)

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      sessygail Doing 3 cheers 2017-02-28 02:32:00

      @meditation7 I was thinking of Vrinda when I saw this question, too! Such a wonderful spirit. And another I have missed is ooty!

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      wyverndust Doing 2 cheers 2017-02-28 03:06:01

      @meditation7 that's wonderful and how lovely! thank you!

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      wyverndust Doing 2 cheers 2017-02-28 03:06:12

      @sessygail yes ooty is so special and lovely!

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    meditation7 Doing 2 cheers 2017-02-26 04:08:09

    The first of my friends just read the screenplay I finished writing and had some good suggestions and constructive criticism which I'll incorporate in the next revision. Still waiting to hear from 4 more friends.

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    meditation7 Doing 2 cheers 2017-02-18 04:54:08

    Page 88 and loving the process so much! It's hard to break away to go take care of my real-world duties... :-)

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    meditation7 Doing 1 cheers 2017-02-17 03:23:00

    Today I arrived at page 56 of editing my current script and find myself enjoying the process tremendously.

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    meditation7 Doing 4 cheers 2017-02-26 04:09:13

    One word (actually, 3): sprouted mung beans. I sprout them at home and they make a great addition to my salads, wraps, and what-have-you. I'm pretty sure I get at least 2 servings from them alone per day...

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    • ctdave
      ctdave Doing 0 cheers 2017-04-08 12:47:17

      @meditation7 the other piece of my new dietary plan is to eliminate all refined grains and sugars, basically replacing them with veggies. Sprouted mung beans is a great vehicle for this.

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