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The Book That Changed Lottie Land

I have spent the last week or more trying to think of a book that I could say had changed my life – a book that has had such a profound impact it has gone on to influence my decisions and my path… I have not been able to think of one.

My journey with reading and books has not been a straightforward one, and although I am often found thumbing my way through my latest literary purchase, I cannot pinpoint any one book that has held that kind of transformational power in my life.  So how can I say one book has changed Lottie Land?  It would be the book I put down.

When I was a child I never read, to a point that my mum worried if I could actually read at all – I can only ever remember reading one book when I was little, it was about a Silverback Gorilla, but I have no idea what it was called.2016-08-04 10.42.11  All this changed in my teens when I discovered the fantasy fiction genre – long before the days on Harry Potter I found myself getting lost among the pages of Tolkien, McCaffrey, Lewis, and other authors who held the possibility of transporting me to a far off place, and regularly did so… often on the back of a dragon.

By the time I was in my 20s, and travelling into work on the London tube I was devouring fiction from just about any genre and era – I was officially a reader, and any of my friends would have associated me as such.

This continued through to my adult life.

One of my favourite times to read is when I’m away camping.  I love sitting out in the fresh air, with my feet up, getting stuck into a good book, and it was on one of these trips that I discovered the book that would change Lottie Land forever.

The truth is the book I took away camping with in 2008 me was rubbish.  I won’t name it as I don’t think it’s fair, but the book was so unbelievably rubbish that I really couldn’t get into it – I quickly lost all interest in the unbelievable characters, and wattery weak storyline.  I gave up and put the book down.

It was on that trip that I first learnt to really sit in silence.  To be alone with my thoughts, and to journey deeper to become in touch with what was going on inside.  Without a book to read I was able to allow myself to turn my mind off from losing myself in a story, and on to just simply enjoying my surroundings and just being.

I’m still a prolific reader.  But I’m now also a meditator too, and it’s this that has had the impact on Lottie Land far greater than any book ever could.

 

 

About the Author Lottie Moore

Lottie is a adventurer, living life in the moment, one step at a time - from Firewalking, to mountain treks, Lottie lives life outside of the comfort zone, and nothing gives her a bigger buzz than seeing others do the same. Lottie loves to connect, so pop over to her Mindfulness Mindset Physical Inspired Metaphors and WISH Women sites to find out more

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