meeting minutes

Dear H,

Thank you for a pleasant and productive meeting today.

Please find appended the promised information relating to the topics we discussed:

  1. First things first: How to Trick your Brain into Falling Asleep. Good luck! Let me know if/how it works for you.
    • There is also the Ten Percent Happier app. My favorite teacher on there is Jeff Warren, and my favorite thing he said is this: “Sometimes meditation is easy. Sometimes it’s hard. You don’t care. You’re the body breathing.”
    • Another app I love is the Insight Timer – it has lots of guided meditations, and a simple timer with a variety of Tibetan singing bowls.
  2. As a bonus, here is another TED talk, about depression. She explains it better than I ever could, and she even mentions transcranial magnetic stimulation. There is a cut in the video, and you can tell that it was cut because her voice sounds very different after. She explains what happened, on her blog.
  3. Speaking of The Bloggess, she is opening a bookstore in San Antonio, but there’s still lots of construction and remodeling to do. She came up with a brilliant idea to already make money with the store: she started a book club where you get a new release once a month. I signed up, of course. :-) It’s here if you’re curious: – and of course it’s still there if you aren’t. She said on her blog that she expected maybe 50 people to sign up – and it’s already more than 2,000. (Have you been to San Antonio? I want to go.)
  4. The Popsugar Reading Challenge is here. Little nerdling that I am, I made myself a spreadsheet to check off the prompts in my reading. And of course I am on goodreads too.
  5. To stay on the topic of books for a moment, I forgot to tell you the best audiobook I have heard in a long time. Ta-Nehesi Coates, “The Water Dancer”, read by Joe Morton. I’d wanted to read it, and when I heard that Joe Morton was the narrator, I was SOLD. You can listen to the first ten minutes here.
  6. As I said, Anthony Trollope was as popular and prolific as his contemporary Charlie Dickens. I am pleased as punch that I have found The Barchester Chronicles on the yootube. Be patient – young Alan Rickman does not show up until the 3rd episode.
  7. The company that does the genetic testing that I had, to see which mental health treatments work well for me and which ones don’t, is called Genomind. They call what they do “Personalized Medicine:” ““Personalized medicine” is a somewhat new medical model that uses patient specific information, such as your own genetic makeup (or genotype) in order to enable an individualized approach to treatment. For example, up to half of all patients respond poorly to the first psychiatric medicine they try because everyone’s body is different, partially based upon their own individual genetic makeup.” My insurance decided not to cover it (big surprise! LOL), it cost $300.
  8. And last but not least, here is my Daily Harvest referral code.

Love, linkage, and lifestyle consulting,


Author: elkit

I'll tell you later, when I know you better.

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