The art of slow living

Setting my book down, I sat back to reflect on everything I had just read. It made the dull afternoon of a midweek day glow. The type of glow I want to fold up and tuck into my pocket, only to pull it back out every so often to revisit, relight and hold again. I marvelled at all the good I was reading in the book breaking the habit of being yourself. 

I take this book everywhere I go. Alongside my key essentials phone and card, it’s the one thing I can’t leave the house without, especially when I know the journey will be longer than 10 minutes. The book is pretty hard to miss, one glance at my open tote bag and you’ll see a chunky white textbook sticking out taking up a majority of the space. The makeshift bookmark is still marking the first quarter. Indeed I’m slow reading this one. There’s so much that needs to be devoured.

I first heard about Dr Joe Dispenza on an odd chance when an interesting video title based on the mind was displayed on my YouTube homepage under the suggestions list. At the time of clicking I didn’t think I’d watch for the full one-hour duration, a big surprise I did just that. Dr Dispenza was being interviewed by Lewis Howes on the subject I’m currently fixated on. Enjoying the interview, I did what any fan would do and typed out his full name on Google’s search bar. Where I discovered his website, Instagram and all four of his book titles. The first of four books Breaking the Habit of Being Yourself landed into my basket. We’ve been inseparable since. As I would be with any academic textbook I’m learning as I go, re-reading sentences numerous times until they make sense. Understanding the science behind thoughts and emotions and completely looking into reading a little more about neuroscience. 

Dr Dispenza is a Doctor of Chiropractic, a researcher, lecturer, author, and corporate consultant. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree and his post-graduate training includes the fields of neuroscience and neuroplasticity, quantitative electroencephalogram (QEEG) measurements, epigenetics, mind-body medicine and brain/heart coherence.

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