Yesterday I taught a yoga class with three other people. We usually have about eight or ten, but summer travel often has people out and about, enjoying time off. The class felt intimate and delightful. No one in the class, including myself, was under 50. I can safely say we were all seniors moving about,… Continue reading Diabetes and Amputations
These are notes from the first lecture from a course titled “Returning to Wholeness.”
Both my mom and dad grew up in extreme poverty. Neither one of them went beyond a 6th grade formal education. Their childhoods and youth were one of intense struggle and suffering. Their trauma was compounded with the loss of family and social support as they immigrated first to Spain and then to the United… Continue reading Poverty and Race
This past month I created a challenge for myself: For five days a week run for 15 minutes, swim for another 15, do five Sun A and Sun B salutations, and finish with a 20-minute meditation sit. I did this not so much because I wanted to improve my physical health, but because I realized… Continue reading The Improvement Trap
I was asked this question this week and was surprised. I had not asked myself before. The short answer is that it’s complicated. The longer answer invites the larger question of What’s my relationship to my body? Putting these two questions side by side, the mind and body can’t really be divided, put into a… Continue reading What’s Your Relationship to Your Mind?
This week I watched Paris is Burning, a 1990 documentary film about people who find themselves in the margins of society and create a world where they can belong. The film drags at time, pun intended, but overall, it’s a remarkable storytelling piece that humanizes and poses (another pun) lots of questions. The film ends… Continue reading Shooting Our Arrows
Earlier this week I learned that there are parts of the Chernobyl reactor that are still smoldering. The partial meltdown of the nuclear power plant took place April 26, 1986 with a fire that raged for eight days, bathing the surrounding area and a good portion of Western Europe in a radioactive cloud. Scientist are… Continue reading Chernobyl smolders and so do I. How about you?
God speaks to each of us as he makes us,then walks with us silently out of the night. These are the words we dimly hear: You, sent out beyond your recall,go to the limits of your longing. Rainer Maria Rilke, Book of Hours, I 59 Most times before we start our yoga sessions we go… Continue reading 10 Permissions