Here is your weekly dose of Friday Focus, a smattering of what I’m reading, listening to, learning, watching or pondering.
What I’m listening to – In the Beginning: Six Hours with Rob Bell and Richard Rohr on Reclaiming the Original Christian Narrative. From a conference given in January 2015. I am finding this information challenging and hopefully transforming as I continue my Franciscan journey following Christ in the footsteps of St. Francis of Assisi.
What I’m watching – 11 Risk Factors That Destroy Your Brain, by Dr. Daniel Amen. Like me, I hope you will be surprised at how some of the “normal” things in our lives, negatively affects our brain. This is a very good YouTube video for anyone wanting to focus on brain health.
Continuing to learn – Dr. Jason Fung – ‘Therapeutic Fasting – Solving the Two-Compartment Problem’ on YouTube. My metabolism is shot and I continue to look for a non-supplemental, non- invasive, non-gimmicky way to give my 59-year-old metabolism a radical boost. This YouTube video is a scientific approach that makes the most sense to me. Like our home, I’ve got too much food in the freezer. Listen to this podcast and this statement will make sense to you.
Join me on the fasting journey: The Life Intermittent Fasting app allows you to track your progress on any fasting schedule since you’re able to set the start and end time and goals for how long you want to fast for. There’s a clock that counts the minutes and hours fasted, so a quick glance can make you feel proud that you’ve fasted that long.
This app also keeps track of how many total hours you’ve fasted and your total number of fasts, and also monitors your weekly fasting progress, including how many hours you’ve been in ketosis. If you have fasting friends who use this app, you can fast together, and the support could help you stick with it. The Circle that I have created is named: “Fasting For Wellness”
Practicing ridiculous generosity: Behaving generously is a pathway to a richer, fuller life. Behaving generously opens our hearts and minds to the larger picture of gratitude, joy and living a peace-filled life. In the next several installments of Friday Focus, I will be offering “the week’s ridiculous generosity challenge.” If you don’t like the one I propose, feel free to create your own.
Your challenge this week, should you choose to accept it: That public radio station or podcast you’ve been streaming for months — or years? Become a member. Don’t put it off. And while you’re at it? Send a gushing, praise-filled email to the production team.
Quote I’m pondering – “I am deeply convinced that the death of those whom we love always is a death for us, that is to say, a death that calls us to deepen our own basic commitment and to develop a new freedom to proclaim what we most believe in. Mourning is a process in which you were, so to say, freed from old bonds, but in which new bonds, more spiritual bonds, are being made. ~ Henri Nouwen (Mourning as a Path to Freedom)
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