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The Way of the Hammock

Have you ever swung on a hammock? There’s just something about it that seems to take you to another realm. You feel calm and like you have all the time in the world. Personally, I believe, you cannot worry while you’re in one! When I came across Marga Odahowski’s The Way Of The Hammock on NetGalley, I knew I just had to read it and review it.

The Way of the Hammock: Designing Calm for a Busy Life
Marga Odahowski
Published by Hay House
ISBN 9781401944070

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The Way of the Hammock provides a busy person with practical ways to cultivate calm and enhance creativity. Marga Odahowski shares simple techniques and powerful stories that emphasize the value of relaxation, mindfulness, and positivity in strengthening decision making and achieving greater peace and well-being. Marga also draws on a designer’s method of visualization and reiteration to help you maintain beauty and ease throughout the change process. Designers know that a playful attitude and joyful mind-set are essential to insight and innovation . . . and why should they have all the fun! This book will become your own well-worn tool for transformation from “crazy busy” to calm and creative.

You’ll learn to:

  • Implement simple, straightforward techniques for overcoming challenges in your life and making each day feel relaxed, positive, and fulfilled.
  • Make confident decisions with one easy practice.
  • Use a design tool customized to enhance your creativity and provide relief from tension, stress, and anxiety.


Marga Odahowski

Marga Odahowski is an inspirational speaker, teacher, mentor, and corporate consultant. An entrepreneur in education and business leadership, she is skilled in integrating information from various fields, bringing mind-body research to life in the classroom. As a consultant she developed the Mindful Executive program for the MBA for Executives at the Darden School of Business, and has also taught mindfulness-based courses at the University of Virginia for more than 20 years. Marga lives in Charlottesville, Virginia, and teaches around the world.

My review: [rating=4]

The Universe never fails to surprise me by bringing to me people and resources that are just what I need. The Way of the Hammock fits in with my own attempts at practising mindfulness and learning to re-design my life and make more space for calm and joy.

I found the book full of practical wisdom and the author helps you to journey within oneself to draw from the inner wisdom that is within each of us. Just as we swing in the hammock on a beach, we can recreate that feeling as we learn to get more in touch with our body’s signals.  As we follow the practices that the author suggests, we can learn to ‘go slow’ and not allow life to overwhelm us. Relaxation can teach us to be present to ourselves and thus lead to inner freedom and joy.

The relaxing hammock practice of stillness is perfect, as it nestles you in nature surrounded by beauty and connects you to that quiet source of inner wisdom. ~ Marga Odahowski

I leave you with this from the book.

Five-Minute Weekly Hammock Relaxation Practice

• Find a place of quiet and silence in your hammock (or bed).
• Lie down and get comfortable.
• Start with yawn breathing. (See yawn breathing nudge.)
• Open your jaw and make some fake yawns.
• Allow the mind to wander and relax.
• Let your eyes close and soften.
• Relax and do some soft belly breathing.
• Notice the rise and fall of the belly as you relax.
• Let go of any tension in the body and worries in the mind.
• Shift your focus onto your senses, feeling your body breathe.
• Shift or stretch your body.
• Shift from thinking to feeling or sensing.
• Connect with the beauty of your breath.
• Watch the wave of the breath.
• Allow gravity to hold you as you relax deeply.

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  1. Debbie Debbie July 13, 2015

    Man, I love hammocks. I miss them here in Belgium. I dream of living in a place where I can have one.
    It reminds me of days at the beach, or just in my studio when I was little.
    It makes me want to read this book.
    Thanks for sharing it Corinne!
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  2. Mackenzie Glanville Mackenzie Glanville July 13, 2015

    So great that you did a book review this week, makes me want to get a hammock but I settle for the bed right now. Great review thanks for linking it up #FridayReflections

  3. sue sue July 13, 2015

    Hi Corinne what a great review. I’ve never been in a hammock so better put that on the bucket list. I love 5 minute Weekly Hammock Relaxation Practice. #FridayReflections.
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  5. Darla M Sands Darla M Sands July 11, 2015

    This reminds me that I have a hammock complete with its own frame since we don’t have trees that would support one. I should totally get it back out of the box! Thank you for sharing. The book seems like a good read.
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  6. Fil Campbell Fil Campbell July 11, 2015

    I love lying in a hammock – ours only gets put occasionally- at the first sign of sunshine and you are right – you simply cannot worry when you’re lying in. This sounds like an interesting read Corinne – just the answer to the question in my blog today – please give me tips to get less busy and have more time to be creative – perfect timing

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