November 2009

How Does My Garden Grow?

November 29, 2009

I was so relaxed last weekend that I kept wondering if that was ok. “Do you feel like this every day?” I asked Jimmy. “Is this how it feels to be relaxed? I feel dead.” “Actually, I feel like a tv set that’s turned off,” I told Gina during a somatic experience session. “I know [...]

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November 28, 2009

Jimmy and I cooked and hosted Thanksgiving dinner for 23 people (with help from Marcia, Sonia, Steve, Linda, Annie, Mallory, Lois, Elliot, Courtney, Carolina…thank you all!) When everyone sat down to eat, I started getting back spasms. So I went up to my bedroom, put my feet up and meditated. To the sounds of happy [...]

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Can Meditating Help Belly Fat?

November 26, 2009

“Fat Bellied Monkeys Suggest Why Stress Sucks” That Time Magazine headline caught my attention immediately. I’ve lost a few pounds in the last month, and I do wonder if 5 months of meditation has begun to reduce the level of stress hormones in my body. I sucked in my stomach and read this article immediately. [...]

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My Parasympathetic Nervous System

November 25, 2009

Who knew that I have a nervous system which balances out my fight or flight response? It’s called the parasympathetic nervous system, and according to Bob Scaer‘s book, it seems to be called the “rest and digest” system also. When I am lying on Adrienne’s table during a Trager therapy session, it feels like every [...]

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Meet Milton

November 24, 2009

How could I not fall in love with a man whose motto was “World peace – one body at a time?” I’m sorry I never got to meet Milton Trager. But I am thrilled to have found out about his therapy, which, to me, is the perfect way to introduce my new, slightly relaxed mind [...]

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A Lotus in the Snow

November 23, 2009

We visited Jack in Michigan. Leaving him behind is always hard for me. But this time I realized that he is a lotus, growing in the snow. Beautiful, unique, sturdy and wise. And this was the view out our window on the flight home.

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Ahhh, That Feels Better. I Mean Worse…

November 21, 2009

After being nervous that I felt so calm all day, I woke up early the next morning feeling nervous that I felt nervous. I was jumpy and agitated. Old Panicky Pris was back. And I didn’t know what to do with her. First I tried figuring out why I might feel this way. Hormones? Or [...]

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Massaging My Brain

November 20, 2009

“I’m nervous that I’m so calm,” I reported today to my friend Therese, who I knew would get the joke. Two days after a successful session with Gina, where I sobbed about my father, and then grounded myself successfully, I was eerily relaxed, even after waiting in line for an hour to return items to [...]

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I Have Arrived

November 19, 2009

I meditate by candlelight in front of my Buddha drawings. When I’m done, I realize that I have crossed a narrow little channel, and am now separated from my parents and their pain. It’s wasn’t as terrifying as I’d thought it would be; the water was only a couple of feet deep. I didn’t even [...]

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Panicky Pris

November 19, 2009

The somatic grounding exercises Gina has taught me are beginning to make me feel a bit stronger. And yet I find myself weeping in her office. “I’m so messed up!” I manage to say. “I don’t even know if I want to be cured!” “I think you’re scared,” Gina says. And she’s right. This process [...]

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