A day off today. This means laundry, dishes, other home stuff that needs to be taken care of. I wish to no end that it was a day that I could devote to some serious self-care that didn’t include things like laundry, but the need is there so it must be done. Doing the laundry and other home stuff is a form of self-care, I know, but it’s not the type I’m really wanting. Netflix, a whole lot of napping, go get my hair trimmed, paint my toe nails…stuff like that is the kind of self-care day I’m talking about. Oh well…another day.
I’m most of the way through More Language of Letting Go by Melody Beattie. I’m at the end of September, or maybe the beginning of October. I’m not sure. I don’t really hear the dates that much because I find them unimportant since I am listening to the whole thing at once. I found myself wishing I had the ability to take some short notes while listening. Quite a few things hit me just so, as I mentioned yesterday, and it would be nice to be able to just easily acknowledge them, again.
This is one of the only downsides I have found to listening to all of the audiobooks I have listened to so far while working. I hear things that I would really like to write down, things that I would like to think more about or look further into. Since I am working, I really have no idea what part of the audiobook I am in so re-finding these parts is difficult, at best. The only way I can think of to re-find these is to re-listen to the audiobook when I’m not at work. I’ll figure it out.
I have two audiobooks at home, now, to download and one that I still need to pick up at the library. One of the ones at home I am going to have to wait for my husband to be done listening to before I can download it. That one is Merle’s Door: Lessons from a Free Thinking Dog by Ted Kerasote. We had listened to the first couple of discs in the truck the last time we went hiking. From that sampling, I can say that I like the book. The unfortunate part is the set that I had then was badly damaged so I couldn’t get it to download all of it to my laptop. I took that one back to the library and they requested a different copy from a different book source. This copy is pretty pristine so I am certain that I will have no issues with the download.
The other audiobook I have at home is from The Great Courses. Its called The Spiritual Brain: Science and Religious Experience, lectures by Dr. Andrew Newberg, Director of Research at the Myrna Brind Center of Integrative Medicine at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. I’m especially anxious to listen to this one. It consists of 24 lectures on neurotheology: ” a discipline aimed at understanding the connections between our brains and different kinds of religious phenomena” (course overview at thegreatcourses.com). Is it odd to say this sounds exciting? I’m excited.
Some of the lecture titles are ‘Brain Function and Religion’ (lecture 3), ‘The Myth-Making Brain’ (lecture 7), ‘Religion and Brain Dysfunction’ (lecture 12), ‘The Believing Brain’ (lecture 16), ‘How the Brain Changes God’ (lecture 20), ‘How God Changes the Brain’ (lecture 21), and ‘Reality and Beyond’ (lecture 24). This is one audiobook that I know before listening to any of it that I will want to take notes. I’d better hurry up and figure out how I’m going to do that at work. I think this may be the most excited I’ve been about any of the 40 + audiobooks I have listened to. Maybe I’ll learn just why that is while listening to it.
Anyway, I’d better get going with the ‘taking care of things at home self-care’ plan. Laundry is such a time eater. So are dishes, though nowhere near as much. I hoping maybe to sneak in a nap somewhere in this day. Have a great one, Everyone!