Monday, March 29, 2010

Bookworm Weekend

This weekend was the first weekend since being here that I've actually had a chilled weekend. I was going to go on a day tour of the Dutch countryside, but then I figured "NO. I need to rest." (in today's horrible word-combo world, that would be "chillax")

So I went to the book store and picked up 3 books:
Michael Pollan's "In defense of food"
Jonah Lehrer's "How we decide"
Elizabeth Gilbert's "Committed"

Michael Pollan is my hero. What can I say... his "The Omnivore's Dilemma", discovered through reading Sharon Gannon's Yoga & Vegetarianism made me re-think the way I eat. So of course I have to read his follow-up book.

Jonah Lehrer is someone I just discovered over the weekend - Karen had linked to an article he had written on insomnia, and during one of my insomniac bouts I dug around for more info on the dude and thought this looked like a good read. HA.

And yeah... well y'know, "Committed" is Gilbert's follow-up book to "Eat Pray Love". HAHAHA! I like my chick-lit. Shut up!

I finished "Committed" in a day. Er... I have to say I didn't enjoy it as much as the first book. I found myself rolling my eyes a lot and going "blahblahblah... it's getting a bit self-absorbed now". But well, that's what a memoir is, innit? What she did get me interested in though, is an author she referenced a lot - Stephanie Coontz. I'd like to check out her book "Marriage, a history". Yeah, a book on... er, the history of marriage.

Gilbert herself mentioned some historical bits that were pretty eye-opening... and the institution of marriage today really didn't start out the way it did (the Church initially opposed marriage?!)

I figured if this insomnia continues, at least I'll have some books to read in the middle of the night. See, I'm learning to "joyfully surrender" to insomnia. HAHAHA. :)

On Saturday, I decided I needed to practice some yoga. Sure it was a Saturday and an official "no practice" day, but I'd skipped a few days before that coz of long days at work. It was probably one of the hardest ever practice sessions I've had. I had every intention of finishing up to Laghuvajrasana, but I kept wanting to jump off the mat.

I didn't start the practice wanting to jump off, but the more I got into it, the heavier I felt, and the less connected to my physical body I felt. Because I had such a hard time gelling the practice, everything in my mind said "BLECHHHHHHHH! STOP! STOP! STOP!" ...but I soldiered on. At the end of Setu Bandhasana I thought "F&£^ this shit, I've had enough".

Well... Not a proud moment (swearing on the mat?!) But... at least I finished Primary, I suppose?

Yesterday, after a whole day of procrastinating, I decided to get back on the mat in the late afternoon. I think I was afraid of having the same hard time I'd had on the mat the day before, so was trying to make excuses not to do it. So much of this practice is a mindgame, innit? ESPECIALLY WHEN IT'S SELF-PRACTICE!!!

I'm glad I did it. I kinda breezed through it and felt a lot lighter and stronger than the day before. And seriously, I think Laghuvajrasana is really starting to become mine. Well, at least the pose is starting to feel less like a mission, and more like a huge expansion. YAY! (I'm even squeezing those thighs together as I'm going down and sure, they're still burning, but it seems a lot more manageable now)

So... here's the next obvious question: if you're practising on your own, how do you know when you're ready to move onto the next pose? (I feel like I'm opening Pandora's Box here..) Heh.

Since I'm a fan of Elizabeth Gilbert, thought I'd leave off with the trailer of "Eat Pray Love", coming in August. (Julia Roberts plays her? ...and Javier Bardem plays Felipe?! WTF?!)


  1. I'll be curious to hear how you like "How We Decide." (It'll help me decide whether to get it!)

  2. He seems cool, like a young Malcolm Gladwell (and he probably hates this comparison)... and I went by the reviews on Amazon. Will probably read Pollan's book next though, so may be a while before I get to Lehrer's. Thanks for leading me to him! :)

  3. I kind of got the shivers watching that trailer, though I will probably end up renting it eventually. I can't express my thoughts on Eat, Pray, Love. Only got through 40 pages and had to put it down.

    my love.

    Glad you took it easy this weekend!

  4. BAHAHAHA! Liz, it's really OK to say you HATED it. I'm sure lots of people find it puke-worthy. I'm the kind of person who LURRRRRRRVES romantic comedies and will go to the movies to watch them on my own coz Kelly absolutely refuses to watch them with me, of course. (as an example, on one of the many recent flights I was on, I watched SIX rom-coms in a row on the plane and LOVED it). Go on then, unleash your rant on the first book, I can't wait! :p

  5. Oh, I like cheesy movies- but... based on the fact that the book made me want to hurl, I'm not sure I can handle the movie. Julia Roberts is nice to look at, and so is Javier!

    It's been a long time since I ditched that book- I can't remember specifics, but I do remember not liking her writing. I know that's exactly what people love about her... there was something specific, though... can't remember what it was. If I hadn't donated the book to Goodwill, I'd skim a page and know right away.

    I saw her on Oprah (that's right! see- I'm full of cheese), and found her to be very entertaining and interesting. That's what lured me into trying to read her book.

    Not my cup of tea.

  6. There's nothing wrong with a little chillax every now and again. :)

  7. Haha Liz. Different strokes for different folks. :)

    Michael - I hate the word but secretly find it funny. Which is why I still use it. CHILLAX!


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