Relax, You’re Going to Die by Tai Sheridan

Relax, You're Going to DieRelax, You’re Going to Die by Tai Sheridan

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

If you’ve been following my reviews of Tai Sheridan, this is the third of his little ebooks, and for once I believe I’ve read something in order!

Buddha in Blue Jeans tackles the concept of sitting quietly with yourself, followed by Secrets of True Happiness, which I believe if you sit quietly enough you’ll start to contemplate what true happiness actually means. Beyond that is the concept of life and death, which is what this book tackles.

In another series of chapter-like poems ( I think I have it right this time!) he walks through the connection between life and death, while we are living we are also dying, and touches every so slightly on the role that religion plays in life and death.

Buddhists believe in reincarnation, so there is a whisper of that within the poems, but there is also nature, our ego, and even the universe and cosmos to consider. There are many things going on with our dance from life to death to consider, and this little ebook takes you there.

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Secrets of True Happiness by Tai Sheridan

Secrets of True HappinessSecrets of True Happiness by Tai Sheridan

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Another, very short, ebook from the Buddhist author, Tai Sheridan. This one is a little less straight forward than the other book, Sitting Quietly. This is one is more about our outlook onto the world rather than just sitting in it.

Again, with short, poem-like chapters, the author works through some of our greatest fears (death, fear, anger) and puts forth experiencing aliveness and big love into ourselves in order to become truly happy. He also has a short verse on the cyclical nature of “wanting”.

To me, it feels like this book is a step beyond Sitting Quietly, a deeper dive into our thoughts and nature to find deeper meaning and emotion. Or it could be just an interesting little ebook to get you thinking again about life and the meaning of the universe.

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Buddha in Blue Jeans by Tai Sheridan

Buddha in Blue Jeans: An Extremely Short Simple Zen Guide to Sitting Quietly and Being BuddhaBuddha in Blue Jeans: An Extremely Short Simple Zen Guide to Sitting Quietly and Being Buddha by Tai Sheridan

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The title is aptly descriptive, it is a short ebook. I think I read it in 15 minutes, but that’s not really the point of this book. This book is a lesson in sitting quietly with yourself, which is something many of us humans have trouble doing, myself included.

This book is separated into tiny, poem-like chapters, the first one essentially explaining the basics of sitting quietly. The rest of the chapters help you work through what happens when you sit quietly, what to do with those pesky emotions, a wandering mind, and existential crises.

It’s written by a Buddhist, but it is written in such a way as to be appropriate for all religions or lack thereof. Anyone could benefit from this and that’s essentially why the author wrote it!

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Weekend Readathon for May 2020

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What is a Readathon?

I found a topic on Goodreads that answered this question really well:

A readathon, for those of you that might be confused, is an event, usually with a time limit, where you set a certain goal you would like to reach. The goal of readathons is to help you read more during that time period than you would any other time.

For me it simply worked better to try a readathon on one of weekends off from work. A time to relax and be myself surround by my books. I didn’t have a complete goal in mind, mostly because I’ve never tried to do a readathon before and wasn’t sure what I would be able to accomplish. I guess you could say I had the basic goal of try my best and see where I end up.

SATURDAY:

I finished reading Wonder Woman by Nancy Holder throughout the morning and afternoon. I had started reading it previously, but had only read through the first chapter before setting it aside. It started pouring down rain by the afternoon, so I made myself a cuppa tea and sat by my bay window for the added ambiance.

That evening I picked up Leviathan by Thomas Hobbes and read until it was too dark for me to see anymore. Leviathan is a difficult read and any little bit I can get in is tremendous progress.

SUNDAY:

I was a bit lazy on Sunday, meaning I slept in and watching a bit of YouTube before rousing myself for more activity.  Which means I didn’t get to reading until the afternoon where I read through Put the Cat in the Oven Before You Describe the Kitchen by Jake Vander-Ark, and three ebooks by Tai Sheridan: Buddha in Blue Jeans, Secrets of True Happiness, and Relax, You’re Going to Die. I finished with another round from Leviathan, until is was time for supper.

RESULTS:

I rather enjoyed myself. Usually I just read during my breaks at work, or sometimes in the mornings when I’m not ready to be productive just yet. I never just decide that I’ll go read for an hour.

This weekend showed me that I am capable of making a good size dent in my TBR pile. I read a total of 5 complete books (even though 4 were short ebooks they still count!) and made progress on the monster of a book I’m still trying get through, Leviathan.

I have a feeling that I’ll be doing this again when next I get day or two off from work, and the housework isn’t piling up!

Keep reading little book worms!

 

What about you? Have you tried a readathon before? Do you set aside a specific time to read? Let me know about it in the comments!