Some time ago, I wrote a post about joy bubbles – small moments of wonder and appreciation at the most mundane, and yet wonderful, things. I have since learned that this isn’t a unique experience, that the sanskrit word for this is camatkāra – “a quiet joy and wonder in relation to any experience whatsoever”* Read more
Patient: Dr., It hurts when I do this…
Dr.: Then don’t do that!
It’s an old joke, I have no idea where I heard it, and its obvious truth is the source of its humour. Of course, in terms of bio-mechanics, it’s not the most practical or helpful answer. If you went to your doctor because you couldn’t raise your arm and this was his or her answer, you’d find a new doctor. But in terms of the beliefs that shape our lives, it’s a perfectly valid, difficult answer. Read more
A few days ago, I saw and shared a beautifully filmed video on Facebook about massage. But its loveliness is not really what struck me – Ben’s words about massage being a way to allow a body to become present, a way to allow a person to occupy more of his body’s space – these words what resonated so deeply that I decided to share the video. Read more
It’s an interesting thing to have a blog. I don’t consider myself a terribly private person, but I don’t just broadcast to the world, either. I have a lot that I want to say, but not often outside of the context of relationship. The parameters of context are what focus what I have to say into something meaningful in that moment. Writing to an unknown audience, who’ll read this at an unknown time, leaves the focus only to me. And so I often draw a blank.
But today feels like a good day to write a post. Read more
This week has been a significant week, one that has invited me to examine the words “congratulations”, “celebration”, and “accomplishment.” I have both taken and passed my board exam, and graduated from my massage therapy program. I’ve received numerous, sincere congratulations, which has offered reflection on both celebration and accomplishment. I feel that, for myself, neither finishing a program, nor passing a test, merit celebration or a sense of accomplishment. And so I’ve felt a bit party-pooper-ish, when people have congratulated me this week, when my gut reaction has been mostly “meh”, a feeling completely not in keeping with the spirit in which the congratulations were offered. Read more
A lot of people think meditation is intimidating. So I thought I’d share a reality check: my own experience this week. Hint: I did not fit in the picture above.
One of the first silent meditations I went to was in a Buddhist community in Baton Rouge. It was 30 aching minutes, and I remember every ten minutes, the monk leading would ring a gong, or deep singing bowl or something, and say in a rhythmic, almost hypnotic way “Breathing in. Breathing out. This is how you meditate.” Read more
There are too many benefits to meditation to count, to list, to be comprehensive, but learning how to live in a way in which I am present in each moment is one of my favorites. Why? Well, there are almost as many reasons as there are benefits to meditation, but one of my favorites is “Joy Bubbles.” Read more
This year, I gifted myself a copy of Meditations from the Mat to give me food for thought each morning. Each entry begins with a quote from someone, followed by a reflection on that quote. A particular quote has stuck with me now for several days:
Do you have the patience to wait until your mud settles and the water is clear? Can you remain unmoving till right action arises by itself?