Posted in Freebies, Printables on February 18, 2010 |
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About 3 hours before the end of my work shift, I often get into a weird state that’s a combination of antsy and tired. We’ve just completed the hustle of 4 p.m. deadlines; I’ve been sitting too long and I’m tense.
A few stretches from the book “Yoga for Suits” — designed for folks wearing work clothes; often one or more of my coworkers will stretch along with me — loosen things up nicely. Here are three examples if you’d like to try (click image for a printable PDF), next time you want to flee the office but you still have a few hours to go. Do them slowly, breathing deeply:
(My illustrations are embarrassingly rudimentary, but I promise, if you buy the book you get full-color photos and proper instructions, as well as a very practical discussion of yoga philosophy.)
Also, I often have trouble getting to sleep. My mind keeps running in circles and won’t slow down. This meditation MP3 really helps me. It’s 8 minutes long (I often fall asleep before the end of it) and, to be honest, I like it because it’s very straightforward and doesn’t have flutes or somebody telling me to visualize unicorns. You get the rhythmic rise and fall of a Tibetan singing bowl, kind of a humming, white-noise sound, and a gentle voice giving you simple instructions that focus your attention on your breathing.
There is much more to yoga and to meditation than a 3-minute stretch at your desk, or just trying to get to sleep, of course. I simply offer these up because — truly — they work for me.
[Edit: March 29, 2010 -- I haven't tried them out yet, but you can download free meditations here! Unicorns and rainbows are possible. If I check 'em out I'll update again.]
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The calendars for 2010 and for 1965 use the same days, and in honor of my coworkers’ upcoming Beatle trivia night, I thought it would be fun to design a printable calendar page saying where the Beatles were and what they were doing in February 1965. Here it is:
If my evil plan has worked, you can click on the image to download a printable PDF, and then potentially use it as your calendar for this month. Such a busy time this was in the boys’ lives! Ringo got married, George turned 22, they spent a week in EMI’s Studio Two on Abbey Road recording for “Help!” and then they flew to the Bahamas for filming.
Session notes cited here are from Mark Lewisohn’s “The Complete Beatles Chronicle”; other items are drawn from various Web sources and books in my collection. This obviously isn’t everything they were up to (i.e. I don’t list every song in every recording session); I just cherrypicked from what I found.
If you do download it (or you try to and it doesn’t work), please let me know!
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Posted in Freebies, Printables on October 26, 2009 |
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Since starting this blog for myself, I’ve been surprised by how powerful it is simply to have a place where I save pretty photos, link to things I like or pat myself on the back for projects I’ve done well. Add the benefits of focusing on positive news to the power of actually writing something down, plus pretty visuals…
Sample pages, where you can write down ‘five good things’ each day.
and you get this charming booklet, which Whisker Graphics is giving away for free. A lovely thought and a lovely design. Definitely, go to their page and download it, look around and appreciate.
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