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For the Love of Reading

 

On Valentine’s Day and you should be spending it with the one you love.

But like the Stephen Stills’ song says, “If you can’t be with the one you love, love the one you’re with”.

Maybe today finds you alone, but you don’t have to be lonely.  Books can be amazing companions and take you places you never dreamed possible!  They can be a source of comfort and inspiration, and they can definitely make a long, cold Winter’s night warmer and even cheery.  (Even if you don’t have a fireplace).

But books are more than companions, they are experiences.  The mind doesn’t know the difference between real and imagined.  If you want to take your mind on a vacation and explore places like the Grand Canyon or the wild West or go on an expedition with Lewis and Clark, find a book about those places and head off into an adventure of a lifetime!  Go there.  Learn and grow and, much like a vacation, let the experience become a part of who you are for the rest of your life.  Find a new friend in an old book.

For some suggestions, check out these classics –

“Pride & Prejudice” by Jane Austin (a witty and delightful love story/comedy of marriage which traces the courtship of an unlikely couple as they overcome his pride and her prejudice and fall in love).

– “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer” by Mark Twain

“Walden” by Henry David Thoreau

“Call of the Wild” by Jack London

– “The Scarlet Pimpernel” by Baroness Emmuska Orczy

– “Don Quixote” by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra (Another love story/satire about a gentle visionary who becomes a knight after reading too many chivalric romances.

“Wuthering Heights” by Emily Bronte (Here you’ll find a classic story of tempestuous lovers in this tale of passion and revenge on the Yorkshire moors.)

These are a few suggestions to get you started, but feel free to do a little exploring on your own to find your heart’s desire.  When you begin, you’ll find that you are not alone.  For as Thoreau said, “…the writer…speaks to the intellect and heart of mankind, to all in any age who can understand him.”  Seek to understand.  Become one with the writer and the world.

So…if you find yourself a little aimless or feeling a bit lonely on this cold, Winter’s eve…whether you love to read, or read to be a better lover, you may want to make this Valentine’s Day a restorative, fulfilling and satisfying one with a cup of hot tea and a good, good read…

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12 Ways to Enjoy Audiobooks

Once you’ve begun a great book, you’ll be looking for opportunities throughout the day to keep “reading” it and not put it down. One of the wonderful things about Audiobooks is that they can be enjoyed in so many instances when a regular book cannot.  Here are a few creative suggestions to get you started…

1.  While Driving ~ Safer than texting.  Just be sure not to miss your exit or use your left turn signal when turning right.

2. While Doing the Laundry or Washing the Dishes ~ Wash your worries down the drain with a great story and get your clothes and the kitchen clean at the same time.  Before you know it, those chores will be done and you’ll be on Chapter 21!

3. While Doing Outdoor and Yard Work ~ You know… mowing the lawn, digging that ditch, pulling weeds, or even washing the car.

4. While Flying ~ One great way to shut out unwanted conversation and get to that book you’ve been trying to finish for the past month is to do it 30,000 feet above the ground.  Not only will it help you relax and take your mind off of the flight, but it will get you there faster as well.

5. While Exercising ~ Why not exercise your mind along with your body?

6. While Enjoying a Hot Bath ~ Soap suds and stories… Ahhhh…

7. While Doing That Mindless Work That Bores You to Death ~ There are times you need to stay focused, and that is good, but you also know there are times when it would be good to have a little company, or listen to a good story, or maybe even multi-task with a good “How-To” audiobook.  Keep your earplugs handy, for just such an occasion.

8. While Relaxing at Home ~ Some people sit and veg in front of the TV.  Why not veg with a good book or story?  Give your eyes a break and let your ears and imagination get a little exercise for a change.

9. While on Vacation ~ Relax in that cabin, or at the beach or by the lake or favorite spot with a new and exciting novel, one of your favorite stories or even a personal self-development book.

10. While Gathered Together All in one Room with the Family ~ Bring back the feel of the Golden Days of Radio by gathering together for a little family bonding time.  There’s nothing like a good story to unite hearts and bring good cheer and smiles.

11. While Getting Ready for Bed ~ Brush your teeth and your mind!

12. While Falling Asleep ~ There’s no better way to end the day than with a relaxing book.  Close your eyes and fall into dreamland with your favorite tales.  Don’t worry, you can always rewind to the last part you remember hearing before zzzzzzzzz…

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Inspiration

Inspiration.

What is it that Inspires you?

As I write from my peaceful “cabin” by the Big Thompson River flowing down from Estes Park, here in the foothills of the Colorado Rocky Mountains, I ask myself “Where can I find Inspiration?”

This time of year, the world seems so cold and drab, unpromising and lifeless, like my hibernating heart, barely stirring within.  Even Nature seems to forget that Spring is just around the bend.  Or maybe She is just content to just let it come whenever it comes and not hurry up the process.  In the meantime, I try to find meaning and purpose, hope and Inspiration to hold on a little longer… trick my heart into beating just another moment, until the warmth and salvation of new life arrive.

So I listen deep within and search for a story.  Why am I drawn to stories?  What is it that speaks to me deeper than the icy crystal stars on a black velvet Winter’s night, and truer than Polaris, stretching out from the handle of the Little Dipper and promising to be North?

It comes down to one thing.

“Inspiration”.  There are so many things vying for my attention in this crazy world, and only so much time to take it all in.  I often find myself watching movies or TV, or even going to the Internet looking for Inspiration, when Inspiration is all around me – in the rushing of the stream outside my door – in the silvery three quarter moon so bright I nearly trip over the shadows it makes through the family of Cottonwoods overhead.  It is even in the soft breathing and gentle rising of Murphy’s chest as he lies here next to me, snoring in his gentle and unworried manner, as only a dog can do.  He inspires me with his calm.

Inspiration is all around me, yet I so often fail to see it.  It is Heaven’s breath, breathing on me from above and within, telling me to simply be still and listen.  Listening is one of the most natural, and difficult things I have ever done.  I want to speak.  I want to shout.  I want to scream or even whisper, but I resist the act of Listening.

I have recently discovered Audiobooks, and have been pleased to find that their effect on my life has been twofold.  They have taught me to “Listen” and they have “Inspired” me to live a better life.  ”As a man thinks, so is he.”  Timeless words that whisper so loudly they hurt the ears of my heart.  Why haven’t I understood this concept before?  It is so simple and life-changing that it is easy to miss.  Man is the only being on the planet that can think about what he is thinking about.  That’s what gives us dominion, and the ability to choose and plan and create and love…

What does all of this have to do with Audiobooks?

Everything.  It is so amazing to come to realize that I can choose what I fill my mind with, that, in turn, creates a beautiful, warm and growing place inside my heart and life, and that ultimately blesses all of those within my circle of influence!  It is my gift not only to myself, my family and friends and loved ones, but to the world…

Inspiring audiobooks are one of the simplest ways I know to go about my daily (or nightly) business, and fill my mind and heart with the makings of  a better world.  They refresh and restore my mind and give me an edge on my own creativity and personal thinking.  They can be paused, rewound and replayed as many times as I like until I am confident that the truth of the words or stories being told are anchored in my heart.  They can even be listened to with family and loved ones, creating a unifying, bonding experience.

There is much more to say about this subject, but right now I find that I am in need of a mini-vacation.  I think I will go and listen to “Walden” and be inspired…

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SkyDance Mountain is a positive life-style entity based in the foothills of the Rocky Mountain National Park, awakening the soul and inspiring the imagination to improve our world and pursue Personal Growth through Love & Simplicity, Joy & Tranquility.

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