I have decided that summer season is going to focus on balance and coping here on The Penguin. Our world is crazy-fast, filled with lots of incoming, scary news and surreal moments. Finding balance is not a bad idea.
To kick off this season of balance, I am going to share a recent radio interview on MyND Talk Radio with Dr. Pamela Brewer. We discussed my first book, Balancing Act: Reflections, Meditations and Coping Strategies for Today’s Fast-Paced Whirl, which began with this urban legend that I have previously shared on The Penguin because it’s one of my favorites and it says so much:
A woman is in her yard and a well-fed, well-cared-for dog — complete with tags — approaches her. She pats the dog’s head; the dog follows her inside, walks down the hall and finds a corner, where the dog promptly takes a nap. After an hour or so, the dog wakes up, stretches and goes to the door, waiting to be let out of the house. This event repeats itself for a few days. Growing more and more curious about this dog, the woman of the house decides to write a note which she attaches to the dog’s collar. The note reads, “Your dog comes to my house every afternoon to take a nap.” The next day, the dog returns with a note attached to his collar. This note says, “This dog comes from a house with six children, two of whom are under three years of age. He is trying to catch up on his sleep. Can I come with him tomorrow?”
Isn’t that great? There are times when we all need a quiet place to unwind and take a nap. One mom told me years ago that 90% of her family problems at home could be handled with a good night’s sleep and a good meal. I totally concur. We forget how important god sleep and good, regular nourishment are to our well-being.
My book, Balancing Act is small and, I daresay, mighty in its own gentle way. There are short essays, punctuated by resonant quotes and some great New Yorker cartoons.
It has been described as this:
Balancing Act gives readers practical wisdom and insight for dealing with numerous life stressors from the expertise of a seasoned psychologist well-versed in mind-body medicine, the experience of a meditation teacher and the observational skills of a psychologist.
Balancing Act is reflective as well as practical, offering humor and compassion as a resource for comfort.
C. Norman Shealy, MD, PhD, says Balancing Act “speaks to the soul.”
Bernie Siegel, MD “…can help to inform you and inspire change.”
Dr. Frank Lawlis “… is well worth reading…”
Carol Ritberger, PhD “…is one book you will read multiple times.”
If you are so inclined….here is a link to the radio show where we discuss Balancing Act.
Enjoy, and don’t forget to breathe.