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Monday
Feb182019

What Are Today's Interesting Finds? - v22

The newest installment (v22) of the “What’s Interesting?” feature is here with my recent discoveries that inform, educate, and relate to organizing and life balance. I’ve included unique and inspiring change-related finds, which reflect this month’s blog theme. You are such a beautiful, engaged group. I am grateful for your presence and wisdom.

I look forward to your participation and additions to the collection I’ve sourced. What do you  find interesting?

 

What’s Interesting? . . .

 

1. Interesting Read – Navigating Change

Change can be challenging, even for the most adventurous of us. If you are in the midst of transition or know someone who is Transitions – Making Sense of Life’s Changesauthor and transition management consultant, William Bridges who died in 2013, provides an excellent guidebook on coping with change. Bridges explores strategies for embracing and the universal stages of transitions- Endings, The Neutral Zone, and The New Beginnings. He writes about, “…the difficult process of letting go of an old situation, of suffering the confusing nowhere of in-betweenness, and of launching forth again in a new situation.” He offers two powerful questions to ask whenever you are in transition– “What is it time to let go of in my own life right now?” and “What is standing backstage, in the wings of my life, waiting to make its entrance?” Bridges message is practical and hope-filled.

 

 

2. Interesting Product – Cultivating Change

One of the essentials for cultivating change is to develop better awareness about our present experience. In this delightful and well-organized box of Mindfulness Cards created by author and founder of Mindfulness Everywhere, Rohan Gunatillake encourages users to create “small meaningful moments of mindfulness throughout the day, making it easy and fun to bring you back to the here and now.”  The cards are grouped into four categories- Rest & Balance, Curiosity & Joy, Insight & Awareness, and Kindness. Practicing mindfulness can bring about the remarkable, unexpected changes.

 

 

3. Interesting Tech  – Focusing Change

Change the way you focus, relax, meditate, recharge, and sleep with AI composed music to enhance your experiences. The Brain.fm app, available on iOS and Android platforms, plays music designed for your brain to influence cognitive states in positive ways. Specifically composed pieces include the promise to help you focus better to get more work done with fewer distractions, calm your mind from your ongoing chatter, or have a more peaceful night’s sleep. The developers have continuing collaborations with auditory neuroscientists to research the efficacy of their findings. How exciting that positive change can be delivered through your headphones!

 

 

4. Interesting List – Organizing Change

Sometimes a bit of humor can go a long way in motivating us to change. I hope that no one takes offense to Knock Knock’s irreverent twist on the traditional to-do list with the Make Shit Happen pad. Setting goals, especially big ones can be a challenge. With this spaciously sized list, you are encouraged to think big and then go small with next steps. If you’re looking to improve your organizational skills and change the way you manage your time, this list could help.

 

 

5. Interesting Thought – Directing Change

Change is almost always unsettling. We’re traveling from a known to an unknown destination. We might be riding way outside of our comfort zone as we stretch ourselves to grow and experiment. The path is rocky and unclear. Yet is because of our struggle, those times of challenge, and uncertainty that we find our way forward.

 

 

 

What are your exciting finds? Which of these resonate with you? I’d love to hear your thoughts. Join the conversation!

 

 

 

 

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Reader Comments (20)

Sounds like an interesting book. I'll add it to my list. A lot of organizing client work with an organizer to better navigate change.

February 18, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterJanet Schiesl

@Janet- It is. I found out about William Bridges recently. I hadn't heard of him or the field of transition management and was very intrigued. His ideas are useful for anyone going through a transition (which is pretty much all of us at some point or another.) What I especially appreciated was the awareness he gave to the importance of acknowledging and living through the hardest, most uncertain part of a transition instead of rushing through it.

February 18, 2019 | Registered CommenterLinda Samuels

Oooh, my favorite post:) I love those two questions Bridges suggests we ask, especially about what may be standing in the wings of my life waiting to make an entrance. That is a wonderful way to think about the future and what might be coming next instead of getting stuck in the loss of what you are leaving behind. On vacation I was telling my husband all about mindfulness. Believe it or not, it was a new idea to him. Maybe I'll get him these cards for Father's Day!

February 18, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterSeana Turner

These are great, Linda. I am always interested to see what your list includes. My favorites are the mindfulness cards and the music app. I saw a piece on the news last night about the use of music with Dementia and Alzheimers. I'm fascinated by this and will look into this app!

February 18, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterDiane Quintana

@Seana- Awww. Thank you. I enjoy putting this feature together and love collecting ideas and resources to share in this way. The questions, especially the one about "standing in the wings," are so beautiful. I love the way it helps shift one's perspective towards positivity instead of fear. How cool that you were talking about mindfulness with your husband during your vacation. The cards would make a great gift. They're in a lovely box. Fun!

February 18, 2019 | Registered CommenterLinda Samuels

@Diane- Thanks so much. It's a fun feature to put together. I'm always on the look for interesting things, and I'm never quite sure how I'll work them with my topic. For me, that's the most fun and creative part. I bet you'd love the Mindfulness cards. I'm enjoying them. I haven't tried the music app yet, but it looks fascinating. My mom lives in a memory care unit, and they have a robust music program that helps stimulate memory. My mom being a musician responds exceptionally well to anything music-related. I'm amazed when they begin playing a particular song from the past how she'll know the words while finding words for conversations are much more challenging for her. Processing music is a different part of the brain.

February 18, 2019 | Registered CommenterLinda Samuels

I'm interested in the mindfulness cards. I'm currently reading a book about mindfulness which I can't wait to tell you about!

February 18, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterJanet Barclay

The Brain.fm app sounds interesting. I may need to try that one. I personally, like Relax Melodies on IOS. You can add your customized sounds and music and compose your favorite bedtime music. =)

February 18, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterSabrina Quairoli

@Janet B.- Ooooo! I can't wait to hear about the book your reading! You'll love the mindfulness cards. They are great!

February 18, 2019 | Registered CommenterLinda Samuels

@Sabrina- If you try the app, I'd love to know what you think. I don't know about Relax Melodies, but it sounds fascinating. How cool that you can customize your sleep music in that way. Incredible!

February 18, 2019 | Registered CommenterLinda Samuels

What a fun list! I can think of several people who would enjoy those Mindfulness Cards. And I will definitely check out the music app. I usually work better when it's quiet. But I want to try it and see if it makes a difference in my own focus and productivity to work with specific kinds of music.

February 18, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterCarol Jones

@Carol- Many thanks. I'm glad you found a few things here that you're going to check out. I know what you mean about quiet and work. There are many types of work-related stuff I do that I need quite for like writing and planning. I don't mind music when I'm cooking, although I don't think the Brainfm app is for that. However, I can imagine using it for meditation or sleep. Lately, I've been using Insight Timer for meditation. Some of the meditations include music and some don't. Depending on my mood I either choose voice only or voice with background music.

February 18, 2019 | Registered CommenterLinda Samuels

Great curation!. I heard about the BrainFM app on a podcast a while ago. Thanks for the reminder. I'm going to check it out.

February 18, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterKaren Sprinkle

@Karen- Thanks so much. I'd love to hear your thoughts about Brainfm after you check it out.

February 18, 2019 | Registered CommenterLinda Samuels

Thanks for sharing these with us! The book about Transitions looks very interesting. I had not heard about the Brain.fm app, I may need to check that out!

February 18, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterNancy Haworth

@Nancy- Happy to share! I got a lot from Transitions. I haven't tried Brain.fm yet, but if you check it out first, I'd love to hear about your experience with it.

February 19, 2019 | Registered CommenterLinda Samuels

Always love your interesting finds!

February 20, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterEllen Delap

@Ellen- So happy you love them! They are fun to find and share.

February 20, 2019 | Registered CommenterLinda Samuels

I'm a little late to the game but I thought it was interesting that the author of a book having to do with 'transitions' has the last name 'Bridges!' Aren't transitions bridges to the next 'change' in our life?

February 20, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterStacey Agin Murray

@Stacey- I'm so glad that you stopped by. No one is ever late, at least not here. I love that you mentioned the interesting connection with the book title and the author's last name. I noticed that when I was reading the book and thought how appropriate it was that he happened to go into the field of transition management with a perfectly matched last name. It doesn't always work out that way.

February 20, 2019 | Registered CommenterLinda Samuels

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