January 2010

Get Ready…

January 30, 2010

I’m going to get my brain scanned for a study conducted by Andrew Newberg, a professor who runs the Center for Spirituality and the Mind at  the University of Pennsylvania. This PBS clip will give you a good idea of the research he’s been doing. Dr. Newberg has written several thought provoking books about how people’s spiritual and [...]

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Cracking My Heart Open

January 29, 2010

I reached a higher place in my yoga practice than I have before, thinking of these lines from the Heart or Metta Sutra: So with a boundless heart Should one cherish all living beings; Radiating kindness over the entire world, Spreading upward to the skies, And downward to the depths; Outward and unbounded, Freed from [...]

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Moving Through Molasses

January 29, 2010

Amy taught me how to move my arms slowly, as though I am pushing through molasses. Lo and behold, my biceps began to bulge. (Sort of) I wonder if doing this as part of a yoga practice counts as strength training. According to this NYT article, older women who did an hour or two of [...]

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Note to Self:

January 29, 2010

Amy urges me to be careful of how I speak to myself. I love learning from Sylvia Boorstein for many reasons. In this clip, I love the way she calls herself “Sweetheart.”

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Dulse or Dulche de Leche?

January 28, 2010

Amy advised me to try eating dulse, a type of seaweed that’s rich in nutrients. My local health food store didn’t carry it.  So I turned to Dulce de Leche, my favorite brand of Haagen Dazs. It was left over from Thanksgiving and I needed to make room in the freezer. But today I found [...]

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Qu’est Que C’est Quinoa?

January 27, 2010

My friend Barbara thinks that the work I’ve been doing on my brain is moving energy around my body and it’s somehow settling (or unsettling) in my stomach. Barbara is very smart, but she’s not a doctor. So, suffering from stomach problems, I went to mine. She did tests, which showed nothing alarming. She prescribed [...]

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Stand Up Straight!

January 24, 2010

“Your posture is terrible!” my friend Elizabeth told me while we were attending a retreat together last November. Two months later, I think she’d take back that comment! Adrienne Stone‘s Trager therapy has truly realigned my body. In her own words, Adrienne “uses a lot of gentle shaking and rocking to give messages to the [...]

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My Breath Taking Breakthrough

January 24, 2010

What was my big breakthrough in therapy this week? I’m alive. For years, I’ve been focused on the trauma I survived as a child, as my parents related it to me: I was 16 months old, I had an infection in my windpipe, 106 degree temperature and convulsions. Alone in a hospital room, I was [...]

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Priscilla in Wonderland

January 22, 2010

My meditation practice has allowed me to see things for what they are. Or were. The Trager therapy has realigned my body and made it more open; Somatic Experience has given me the courage to finally dig down deep into the source of my physical symptoms of panic. I had a major breakthrough in understanding [...]

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Yoga

January 20, 2010

Amy Elias Kornfeld, my new yoga teacher, is going to help me “to align with the divine.” We’re starting slowly. I took my first yoga class with Amy and I am no longer allowed to use the F word (fat) or the O word (old.) If I do use disparaging language to talk about myself, [...]

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