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I was born in Barcelona and have lived in the UK for many years now. I'm a writer, translator (English-Spanish and vice-versa) and I'm a medical doctor and worked in Forensic Psychiatry many years. I also have a BA and a PhD in American Literature and Film, and a Masters in Criminology. I've always loved books and apart from writing them I review them often. I write a bit of everything, check my books for more information and my about page for links. My blog is bilingual, English and Spanish.

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  1. He’s right about those leaves, both in my mind, and all around the garden…As for ironing, I reckon he needs a steam generator ,(and you too) as they do the job with no effort, and in a quarter of the time. (I could never go back to a normal iron)
    This sounds like one of those quirky books that will become a number one bestseller. 🙂
    Best wishes, Pete.

    1. Thanks, Pete. It is quirky, and I can’t see many people following the advice (at least not all of it), but it is so positive and unassuming that it is a joy to read. Considering some of the bestsellers around, at least it would be a step in the right direction. Have a great Tuesday!

  2. What a great philosophy. I’ve always felt a connection with cleaning and rearranging furniture. I used to tell my kids that it was a way to rearrange my karma. LOL! Mindfulness is everywhere. My rune stones shared a brilliant passage: “Be content to do your task for the task’s sake.” This books sounds like a fabulous read. Thanks, Olga. <3

    1. Thanks, Colleen. I think you’ll love it. It has simple but beautiful drawings too. It is one of those books that I can see myself picking up and reading a passage at random at any moment, for inspiration. I love the passage. Sometimes we forget the joy of doing a task for the task’s sake and it is a great way to liberate our minds. Thanks, Colleen.

      1. I’ve added the book to my reading list, Olga. <3

        1. I hope you enjoy it! ♥

  3. dgkaye says:

    Something a little different. I’m adding it. 🙂

    1. Very refreshing! 🙂

  4. I love Zen principles so much. Last year I (finally! after 12 years in the US) visited the Providence Zen Center, which is the Kwan Um School of Zen HQ for the Americas and the first Zen center established in the United States.

    I stayed for a lecture on meditation and then joined their meditation practice, which includes a lot of chanting. At the end I decided that wasn’t something I wanted to practice regularly. At least not with the chanting. I do try to mediate regularly [but I need silence 🙂 ] I try to incorporate some zen principles into my daily life.

    I love the quote “When ironing, visualize yourself ironing out the wrinkles in your heart.” because I hate ironing too! 🙂

    1. Thanks, Daniela. Your experience sounds fascinating (although I’m not sure how I’d feel about chanting myself. I do enjoy guided meditations, though). I attended a course on Mindfulness for psychiatrists a few years back and although I was skeptical before that, I have tried and establish a routine of meditation and I can see the benefits of it.
      I hate ironing and I’m dangerous at it (I burn myself or drop the iron regularly) but I loved that quote.
      Thanks for the comments.

  5. Thanks for this, Olga. The title intrigued me instantly — though I wondered whether it was a quirky fiction or self help. I think it’s good to occasionally read something outside one’s normal type.
    I’m right behind you with what you said about being “house proud”… and my constant trying to relocate has that kind of cleaning on my mind too.
    Unfortunately my Amazon doesn’t have it (yet?). I’ll try and remember to keep an eye out. It sounds like a worthwhile read.
    Wishing you a smooth relocation. I know all too well the work involved. Hugs.

    1. Thanks, Teagan. Yes, I know what you mean. Yesterday I was sorting through old pictures (I was relieved now they all fit on the computer) and it was a trip down memory lane, although it also confirmed that I’m terrible at taking pictures (they were some true stinkers!).
      I am sure the book will make it to the States, especially considering the author studied in the US. I think you would enjoy it too.
      Have a lovely and clutter-free Thursday.

      1. Tee-hee! Clutter-free… (laughs hysterically). Now *that’s* fantasy. 😉 More hugs.

        1. 😉

  6. It is very true what is said in the quotes, Olga. We have to continuously clear out our minds of the accumulation of clutter and sometimes negative thoughts that could take over if left.

    1. Thanks, Robbie. Although the book is quite short, it is full of gems and common-sense insights. Have a lovely day.

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