Sunday, April 19, 2009

Sunday Surfing


This is a new feature to my blog I hope everyone will get something out of.
Each week, I seem to discover a new site on the Internet that contains a gem or two. It may be a new book, an interesting news tidbit, an author interview, helpful information, a fun game or video … I just never know what I might find.
I will post the links to these sites each Sunday and share them with my readers. Take the time to check them out and let me know if you find any of them of interest, too.

This has to be one of the best sites I've seen in a long time.
I read about it on the WOW! Women on Writing blog and had to check it out.
The site is by author Dr. Barbara Ann Kipfer. She wrote the book "14,000 Things to be Happy About." There are also 14 different Page-a-Day calendars based on the book.
When you first click on the site, there is a wonderful drawing of a town. Each spot takes you to a different page where you can read a variety of suggestions on things to be happy about and ways to be happy.
Here's an example: At the Meditation Yurt, you learn these lessons ...
* Try a born-again meditation. For an hour behave like a child. Nothing is prohibited except touching other people. Be your childhood. Then for another period of 20-60 minutes, just sit silently. Just be.
* We can sense the ever-changing waves around us and breathe and relax. We can rest in the eternal present. We can learn that no matter what happens, we are home.
* The First Way is the path of the fakir, who works on the physical body to conquer physical pain. This is the most difficult path. You must surrender everything and do as you are told.
* Get rid of the tendency to judge yourself as above, below, or equal to others.
* If you are shopping, pause before the entrance to the store and take three mindful breaths to calm and orient you before you walk in. Allow your body to relax before you begin and see if a smile is possible.
There are more ways, but I want you to go there yourself and read the others.
Go to http://www.thingstobehappyabout.com/ and click on all the little buildings, the park, the pond and more. Lots of fun. I plan to stop back every now and then. I'm also posting the link on the right side of this page under "Check out these sites."

4 comments:

Barbara Ann said...

Thank you so much for mentioning my site! All best,
Barbara Ann Kipfer

LuAnn said...

You're very welcome, Barbara. Thanks for stopping by.

Dawn @ sheIsTooFondOfBooks said...

I like the title of your new feature, Sunday Surfing!

A friend gave me one of the "things to be happy about" books; there are some fun ideas (and reminders!) in there.

LuAnn said...

Hi, Dawn! I just love the picture on the front page of the site. It definitely makes me think of the word "happy!"