https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HRUUwhrAutY

Another great Tegan and Sara song. They came out with a new album a few days ago, and I’ve been binging on their older songs in anticipation all month. Also because my toddler took a liking to them, and always asks for “Sara” now.

The instrumentals of “Shock to my System” remind me of Depeche Mode.

As per Meditation for Fidgety Skeptics, I tried imagining the breath as a wave moving in and out.

The wave crashed into my lungs, and I couldn’t imagine it out again. It choked me.

Looks like I’ll be sticking with the sound-based meditation that’s already been working for me.

“The dreaded clear-your-head myth is responsible for untold numbers of aborted meditation careers.”

–Dan Harris, Meditation for Fidgety Skeptics

That includes me!

But I learned from the book that I’ve been doing mindfulness meditation for four years without realizing it. I just thought of it as “That thing where I focus on the sounds all around me until I can map my place in the world by sound.” I was aware this had a mindfulness component, but it was just something I started doing in my kayak one day. It helped me to feel some peace when my grandma was in her final days.

Time is money; money is power; power is pizza; pizza is knowledge. Let’s go!

— April Ludgate, Parks and Recreation, Season 6: Second Chunce

“Papers I think I want to keep but I don’t know how to organize them.”

I found this envelope on a shelf when I cleaned my office recently. It’s apparently from before I understood what a filing cabinet is.