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Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Dream, Read & Think Your Way to an Organized Mind

To dream, you need a few things. Quality, deep sleep. A pretty journal to write in before bed, asking for answers to your current problems or lack of clarity over certain issues, can be a huge help. The same journal can be used to write out what your dreams were the night before, or that morning (often our most vivid dreams can be right before we wake up in the morning). A desire to look at dreams & study the symbolism behind them is something even the Old Testament referred to. When you have certain symbols or situations come to you over & over in dreams, pay attention. Those dreams are trying to tell you something. Don't ignore them.

I'll add to this list as I think of (and read) more which have moved me, but for now, I'll share with you the titles that have stuck in my head & are related to the quest of minimalism, simplicity & organizing different areas of one's life.

My Organized Minimalist Ultimate Book List:
Body Clutter, by Maria Cilley & Leanne Ely
Born to Organize, by Sara Pedersen
Eight Weeks to Optimum Health, Revised Edition, by Dr. Andrew Weil, M.D.
Finding Your Own North Star, by Martha Beck
Firm for Life, by Anna & Cynthia Benson
Food, by Susan Powter
Inner Simplicity, by Elaine St. James
Organizing From the Inside Out, by Julie Morgenstern
Organize Now! Revised Edition, by Jennifer Ford Berry
Simplify Your Life, by Elaine St. James
Sink Reflections, by Maria Cilley
Speed Cleaning, by Jeff Campbell
Stop the Insanity, by Susan Powter
Stop Your Cravings: A Balanced Approach to Burning Fat, Increasing Energy, and Reducing Stress, by Jennifer Workman
Super Foods Rx: Fourteen Foods That Will Change Your Life, by Kahty Matthews
The Beverly Hills Organizer's Home Organizing Bible, by Linda Koopersmith
The Eat-Clean Diet: Fast Fat-Loss That Lasts Forever!, by Tosca Reno
The Pilates Body, by Brooke Siler
The Power of Habit, by Charles Duhigg
Time Management from the Inside Out, by Julie Morgenstern
Women's Bodies, Women's Wisdom, by Dr. Christiane Northrup, M.D.
Yoga Conditioning for Weight Loss, by Suzanne Deason

Reading more will automatically lead you to thinking more & thinking differently, which will lead to your life being a little bit different. Every ounce of knowledge that we gain, each word we take in, changes us a bit at a time. Even if the book we read seems trivial or lightweight, it's still in our psyche forevermore. Follow your instincts on what to read now, not what people say you should read. But do think outside the box. Read books both inside & outside your comfort zone. If you always pick the latest thriller in fiction to peruse, read a non-fiction book instead about a person you admire. Brush up your knowledge on subjects that you used to be good at, but have stepped away from in recent times. If you already know you want to read the classics, check out Amazon Kindle for PC- there are hundreds, if not thousands, of free classics to read legally, such as "War & Peace", by Leo Tolstoy. If you have a Kindle, you can also transfer those books (also for free) on to that e-reader. If you want to read & learn, you'll find a way. Take advantage of online libraries, as well. Alternate your busy work on the computer with reading for a bit online. It's a nice break for the brain, and it'll help refresh you periodically. Search for something long enough, with enough concentration, and I promise that you'll find it. Read with a goal in mind, and chances are, that goal will be met.

-Liz

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