Mind, Thought, Consciousness, Bread, Bossy Girls and Wedding Showers


Posted by Jill Whalen | Posted in Meditation, Nutrition, Spirituality, Things I've Learned, Thought | Posted on 03-17-2014


I learned a lot more this week about Mind, Thought and Consciousness and living “from the inside out” as described by Michael Neill and others. Understanding the principles behind how life actually works can and will transform anyone’s life. I’d love to discuss this understanding with anyone else who’s interested. Feel free to contact me!

Here’s what else I learned last week:

Monday, Mar. 10, 2014

  • There’s no psychological trauma that can’t be “cured” by changing your relationship to the memories that originally caused the trauma. – George Pransky (paraphrased).

Tuesday, Mar. 11, 2014

  • Trying to determine what causes thoughts to appear seems to cause them to not appear quite so much. It’s like they’re trying to trick you so you can’t figure out where they came from. They will still appear, but in sneaky ways. They are tricky little buggers!

Wednesday, Mar. 12, 2014

  • All the breads on the shelf at the supermarket are disgusting when you look at their ingredients. Was glad to run into “Flying Pig” bread in the bakery section. Delicious, natural and fresh!
  • For awhile I thought that Shaw’s had a good selection of organic and healthy foods. But now I realize that they aren’t even in the same league as Whole Foods 🙁 .
  • Sheryl Sandberg wants to ban the word “bossy.”

    “I was called bossy when I was in ninth grade,” Sandberg recalled. “My teacher took my best friend Mindy aside and she said, ‘You shouldn’t be friends with Sheryl. She’s bossy.’ And that hurt.”

    How sad for her. But ban the word? Get a grip, Sheryl!

Thursday, Mar. 13, 2014

  • I never want to put my name in to sing at karaoke, but once I do and sing, I’m always glad I did! (It’s always wicked fun.)

Friday, Mar. 14, 2014

  • You can buy strawberries that basically have no taste whatsoever. (Yuck)
  • Kohl’s has quite a business model going with all the coupons and discounts that they’re constantly providing. Their clothes are probably crap, but I can generally find lots of things that fit me at great prices, so I’m sold!

Saturday, Mar. 15, 2014

  • Bridal showers can actually be fun–when they’re for your own daughter at least! It helps when her best friend / matron of honor knows how to put together a good party.
  • Corie is blessed with awesome future inlaws!
  • At least one person (my cousin Lisa) reads my Facebook statuses (and presumably these blog posts) and is inspired by them–yay!

Sunday, Mar. 16, 2014

  • If your suitcase is overweight, the airline will try to charge you $100 extra. Corie was trying to bring home to Houston as many bridal shower gifts as possible. Thankfully she was able to consolidate between her 2 bags to keep them within the prescribed weight limits. Otherwise, some TSA agent was going to get to take home a Spiralizer or blender or something.


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When Pigs Fly is the best bread! I love their sour dough. It’s the only bread I buy at the supermarket.

I walked out of supermarket yesterday with just seven things — three of which were non-food items. Everything else came from the farm — how’s that for progress?

Yes, I need to find a CSA around here. I know there are some, but they seem to be kind of illusive (online). Guess I’ll have to visit in person!

Look for a farmers market in your area — you’ll find all the farmers offering CSAs there. And yes, you can find winter farmers markets!

“At least one person (my cousin Lisa) reads my Facebook statuses (and presumably these blog posts) and is inspired by them–yay!”

Make that 2 people 🙂


Are you familiar with Daniel Kahneman’s research on our experiences (while they are happening) versus our memories of our experiences? He’s a professor emeritus at Princeton University (and the father of behavorial economics). I know you are more into gurus than academics these days but all of Kahneman’s work is fascinating.

Surely you must have some more “local” health food stores than Whole Foods in your area? (Or am I just spoiled?)

I have a number of areas where I disagree with Sandberg but she raises a very good point about the word “bossy.” It’s a word used to denigrate girls that show leadership initiative. Have you ever heard a boy be called bossy? He would be called a leader. The problem is not that it’s a hurtful word, there are a zillion hurtful words. And all kids need to grow thick skin and remember “sticks and stones….” But with the word “bossy” being a derogatory word specifically for girls with take charge personalities, we’re starting the cycle of girls learning at an early age that they better step back and letter others (boys) lead.

Can you karaoke sober?

LOL yes, I karaoke sober 🙂 (I generally don’t have more than a couple of glasses of wine at most on any given day these days.)

No, haven’t heard of Daniel Kahneman’s research, but will look it up.

Whole Foods: no I don’t think we do. Well we do have a lot of local farms, but they’re not open year round. What’s wrong with Whole Foods?

Bossy: Yes, I agree that it’s not a great term and also think it would be helpful to teach children (or whomever) that it’s not nice to say, but ban it? That I simply don’t understand.

Wanted to add that banning words is so very 1984ish.

If you look at the BanBossy.com website you’ll see that they are using the campaign as a metaphor.

Aside from that, aren’t there are a lot of bullying words that are banned at the school ground? I’m pretty sure kids get in trouble these days for name calling bullying unlike when we were growing up.

Yeah, you’re right. That website and messaging on BanBossy.com is fine and good and I agree with it. The article I read seemed to misrepresent what they’re trying to do. I think the use of the word “ban” is what could be problematic and what’s causing people to take it out of context. It’s a catchy phrase for sure, but they may have gotten less flack with a different one.

Also, just watched Daniel Kahneman’s Ted Talk


Very interesting and it does go along with a lot of other things I’m learning about.

The media manipulations of the ban bossy story actually exemplifies the issue, doesn’t it? Making the (bossy) women who are taking up this issue look like tyrants.

Banning the concept that girls who are leaders are bossy (or in the work world that would be replaced with the other “b” word) is a lot different.

Yes, that Kahneman talk is on my list of top TED talks which I’m actually publishing this week.