“We spotted the ocean at the head of the trail. Where are we going, so far away? Somebody told me this is the place. Where every thing’s better and every thing’s safe.” ~Walk on the Ocean by Toad the Wet Sprocket
Do you feel like you are walking on water when you read a book? You magically float on a world of carefully crafted words made to entertain and inspire. Reading not only entertains us, it also helps us stay afloat while drifting in a sea of stress.
Reading helps you interfere with the effects of stress by activating the thinking part of your brain. In doing so, reading is a great relaxer.
f I lay down while I read, I can barely keep my eyes open. Now, that’s what I call cuddling with a good book.
Books make you want to curl up:
Glance at the books you have on your night stand. I typically read more than one book at a time. Too many too finish, but only one novel at a time – a book just for fun.
Here’s my current stack of books:
- A digital photography book that I’ll never read from cover to cover. Instead, I study the photos for idea and technical inspiration.
- A historical book tracing the footsteps of parenting trends. Ending in the current age of “anxious parenting.”
- A book by Natalie Goldberg to inspire and teach me how to write with an untamed mind.
- Lastly, I just finished a curl up book, a novel called The Postmistress by Sarah Blake:
“It’s a tale of two worlds – one shattered by violence, the other willfully naïve. And of two women whose jobs are to deliver the news, yet who find themselves unable to do so.”
While this isn’t my favorite novel, I was still captivated in a world that wasn’t my own. Drifting away to watch how these women’s stories unfold. Surprised by how these women carried the burden’s of others’ tragedy. A world of truth told and untold.
8 Ways to Tap Into the Magical World of Books:
What’s your favorite way to relax with books? Here are some ideas to get that magical world to stir in you:
- Borrow books for free from the library.
- Join or start a book discussion group.
- Trade books with your friends.
- Start a conversation about a book you are reading. Share what inspires you and disturbs you.
- Read a non-fiction book to learn more about a topic of interest.
- Explore a book of poetry or quotes.
- Use blank index cards as bookmarks. Write down your favorite quotes while reading.
- Brew a cup of tea, sit in your favorite chair, and tune out the world. Open up the magical world inside the pages. (Just remember to come back!)
Please share your favorite novel read this summer.
Photo Credit: “Reading and Relaxing” by Will Ockenden