Are You a Writer Who Doesn’t Exercise?

By Dr. Rohi Shetty

“There are really only two requirements when it comes to exercise.
One is that you do it. The other is that you continue to do it.”
~Dr. Jennie Brand-Miller

The most common reason why we writers don’t exercise is because we don’t have time. Yet we somehow magically find time to watch our favorite TV shows.

Often we don’t feel like exercising. We feel too tired or stressed and just want to relax after a hard day’s work. Finally, even if we start exercising, we soon give up because of boredom. Of course, we are writers and artists, so we can come up with a hundred other reasons for not exercising.

There is a simple solution to all these excuses: Exercise while watching TV!

Five benefits of exercising while watching TV

Exercising while watching TV (or funny cat videos on YouTube) is a no-brainer. Check out all its benefits:


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The Perfection of My Father’s Death

Not again! I was tired and wanted sleep. Instead, I was staring out the window into the darkness. Then again, I’d become used to waking up in the middle of the night worrying about my father’s ailing health and our future.

I mentally ran through my checklist for when the inevitable happened: ask my cousin to drive me home; call my editor to reassign my interviews; make sure the car’s petrol tank was topped up.

What if I were overseas, though, when Daddy died? I must have enough money to buy a ticket home. I must arrange for someone to help Mummy call the doctor, report the matter to the police and do all the paperwork. Daddy had to be taken to the mortuary until I was home.

Such morbid thoughts, I know. However, I’ve learned that, in the dead of night, when worry and fear threatens to consume you, it’s best to

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Four More Ways to Practice Walking Meditation

By Rohi Shetty

“Walk so that your footprints bear only the marks of peaceful joy and complete freedom.
To do this you have to learn to let go.
Let go of your sorrows, let go of your worries.
That is the secret of walking meditation.”

~Thich Nhat Hanh

Walking meditation is a great way to learn how to be mindful even if you have never practiced meditation before. There are many ways to practice walking meditation.

In the last article, we have learned four ways to practice walking meditation:

Mindful awareness of the movement of legs and feet Mindful awareness of breathing Mindful awareness of body sensations Mindful listening

Now, let us learn four more ways to practice mindfulness during walking meditation:

Mindful seeing: During mindful walking, we usually keep our eyes downcast to avoid being distracted. However, when we practice mindful seeing, we can look around, notice the sky, trees, birds, or any

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Beyond Satisfaction – Interview with Breanne Dyck (10 November 2016)

breannedyckBreanne Dyck is the founder of MNIB Consulting and helps online training businesses scale their impact, their team and their revenue. Her strategies help to create transformational learning experiences that customers can’t stop talking about. Breanne regularly consults on flagship products and programs, CreativeLive courses, live events and workshops for thought-leaders such as bestselling authors Chris Guillebeau, Tara Gentile and Natalie Sisson.

As a member of her book launch team, I interviewed her about her upcoming book and advice for writers to create an online course.

Rohi: How much time did it take you to write the first edition of Beyond Satisfaction? And what changes have you made in the second edition?

Breanne: The first edition of Beyond Satisfaction came together very quickly. I developed it as part of the Gumroad Small Product Lab, in which you start, finish,

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Four Ways to Practice Walking Meditation

By Rohi Shetty

“Every path, every street in the world is your walking meditation path.”
~Thich Nhat Hanh

In my last article, The Surprising Problem With Meditation, I explained why it’s crucial to complement sitting meditation with walking meditation.

Though, it is relatively unknown, walking meditation is practiced worldwide. In Thailand, meditators sit and walk alternately during meditation retreats. In fact, many Thai monks use mindful walking as their main meditation practice. An elderly Thai monk was so fond of walking meditation, that when he was no longer able to walk, he instructed his attendant to wheel his chair around his walking path!

If you have limited time, walking meditation is a great way to combine mindfulness with exercise.

Three benefits of walking meditation

Banish drowsiness

If you feel drowsy or lethargic, you will benefit by switching to walking meditation instead of sitting with your eyes closed. Drowsiness during meditation is natural.

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Engage Me – Relationship poem from GSN


I’m a Living Brand
I live because I feel
I tell stories
My name is what you call me
My meaning is what you think of me
I have personality, quality, and values
I can think, talk, work, create, plan, consult, promote, defend, help, care and cure
I can understand, undertake, represent, play, and entertain
I can anticipate and identify problems, I can solve them
I can make mistakes
When I make mistakes, I apologize and correct myself
I get angry when things go wrong,
I feel joy when right
I feel pains too
I feel bad when I see people hurting, especially my readers and patrons
Some are jobless, poor, neglected, uncared for, and wasting
They need living stories from GSN to get their lives back
You & GSN
I’m here for you
I’m a Living Brand
I live because I see

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Commercial Publishers: A Moveable Feast?

Self-published author Tim Keogh ” reminds me of my newly self-published self just a few years ago.

‘I have managed to place my book with Waterstone’s,’ he writes exuberantly. ‘When I told the lady at the till another branch of theirs was stocking it, she immediately replied that she would take five copies.’

The good news was reported to me thus subsequent to Tim having previously reported to me that he had suffered an earlier rejection at the same branch, Waterstone’s being his first port of call. This eventuality prompted remembrance of my personal first ports of call with my first self-published book in tow, only to be rejected, as I told Tim, by the only male member of Waterstone’s staff suffering from terminal PMT and (elsewhere) by a Waterstone’s bruiser in a frock.

So far Tim has shifted all of 400 copies.

How well I recall my own ambition for my first book

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The Surprising Problem With Meditation

By Rohi Shetty

“Walk as if you are kissing the earth with your feet.”
~Thich Nhat Hanh

Unless you’ve been living under a rock you’ve heard that daily meditation practice is good for you. Innumerable research studies have proven beyond any doubt that daily meditation for even a few minutes can boost not only your mental, emotional, and physical health but also your creativity.

Easy does it!
Fortunately, meditation is surprisingly easy to learn and easy to do. You don’t have to go to a meditation center to learn how to meditate. You can practice it at home at your convenience, seated comfortably on your favorite chair (no need to sit in the lotus posture). You also don’t need to believe in any esoteric philosophy or wear beads or light incense. Not convinced?

Here’s a quickstart meditation lesson:
Close your eyes and count five breaths. Now open your eyes. That’s it.

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Tapestry of Dance by Aneeta Sundararaj

Tapestry of Dance

It’s the 1980s and in Stadium Dato’ Syed Omar, Alor Setar, a man performs an Indian classical dance at the invitation of the Sultan of Kedah (our present Agong). In the audience is a little girl who eagerly explains to her astounded father every single one of the 10 incarnations of Lord Vishnu that the dancer is depicting. At the end of the performance, the little girl lets out a contented sigh. She prays that one day, she will be given the chance to see him dance again. Today, the stadium no longer exists, the little girl’s all grown up and the dancer is now a celebrated icon known to all as Datuk Ramli Ibrahim. When I tell him that the little girl in the story above was me, Ramli responds with, “But darling, that was more

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The Demystification of Stephen by Amina Maikori

Title: The Demystification of Stephen
Author: Amina Maikori
File Size: 1468 KB
Print Length: 72 pages
Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
Publisher: BookBaby; 1 edition (March 20, 2016)
Publication Date: March 20, 2016
Language: English

Amina Maikori’s eBook, ‘The Demystification of Stephen’ is quite the cute eBook.

As the blurb suggests, the story is about a chance meeting that one Stephen Duru has with three women. As the story unfolds, the consequences of each of these encounters is told. The three women believe that by meeting Stephen, their dreams can come true. He is, after all, the ‘quintessential 21st century gentlemen: well connected, rich and charming to all he meets.’ What happens, however, is that these dreams unravel and they are left shell-shocked by what happens. In the end, though, the reasons why Stephen does what

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