I will never understand. Honestly. And this debate has intensified in the last few weeks--boys against girls--there are new players, and, while I *SO* appreciate the female authors and others who are standing up for equality, I haven't felt the need to weigh in. . . . Until now. Remember Stacey Jay and this? I hate to even bring her name into this again, because she wants peace and quiet and I totally respect that. But how is it fair for her to be bullied into leaving the internet and for this guy to raise over $100k to fund his next two books? How is this fair? Where is the backlash?
Apparently, it can. So someone should tell Stacey, and someone should tell every troll who posted rude, nasty, and threatening comments over her startup. I'm so over this. It's exhausting. *deep breaths* Stand up for what you believe in, people. Keep the conversation going. This can't keep happening. It just can't. ~Katie~
Last fall was hard for me. There were a lot of different things going on, and a few things beyond my control that were having a profound effect on my life.
(And a few things that were within my control, as it turns out.)
I was feeling pretty helpless, actually, and right around that time another author I know posted a link to a "Meditation Experience." It was free, and meditation was something I'd always wanted to try, if only because I'd heard so many great things about it. I mean, we all know spending time in quiet contemplation is good for us. So, with nothing to lose, I signed up. And you know what? It was good for me. Everything everyone had ever said about meditation was so true:
I felt calmer throughout the day.
I felt happier and more in control (because I recognized I wasn't in control).
I felt more in tune with my goals and what I was trying to accomplish--more mindful, I suppose.
It sounds trite, but it kind of changed my life (and not my whole life, because I am a work in progress, but it definitely changed my way of thinking). I am grateful to that author, because I needed this. And now I want to share it with you, because there's a new experience starting next week. I've already signed up, and I'm really excited about it, if only because it's so hard to find "contemplative quiet time" when you're living with a toddler, and I'm not as consistent in meditating as I want to be. If you're struggling with something, or you've always been curious about meditation but don't really know how to go about it, I would highly recommend signing up.
The 21-day experience is entirely free: there's a mini-lesson, a guided meditation, and even a reflective journal prompt every day, which really helped me pinpoint where I might be going wrong, and which values needed adjusting.
I'm not selling anything--I'm just glad the opportunity was afforded to me last fall, and I would love for you to join me this spring. :)