Healing Sickness and Other Priorities

Monday, January 8, 2018

It can be difficult to find real balance or harmony in a society where priorities are not necessarily aligned with well-being or operating at one's highest potential.  I often hear others complain about a situation relating to imbalance, though many resentfully accept where they are, too complacent or overworked to evoke a meaningful lifestyle change.  I have experienced this before myself and now know that when I feel that nagging feeling of unrest, it is time to take action and invoke change.  An imbalanced lifestyle can create a space for sickness - a quick cold, the flu, or even more debilitating states. 

A few weeks ago, I felt the onset of a cold.  It came after feeling run down for a few weeks - both physically and emotionally.  Rather than tackling both of these issues head on, I was too overwhelmed to act timely.  I settled into them and got sick and along with the cold, came some negativity.  I felt the urge to complain - which is not very typical.  I turned to meditation and Oprah's Super Soul Sunday for a pick me up.  It became apparent that I was not validating my worth.  In allowing myself to be run down physically, and spiral into negative thinking, I was ignoring my innate worth as a human being to be well treated.  I changed my thought patterning and reprioritized what was important (ie. health is more important than work, socializing, etc.) and suddenly I felt better.  And it was like I'd never been sick at all.  I am by no means an expert, but I've witnessed these pillars in action and intellectually they make sense.  Getting sick is a warning for me to listen to my body more closely - to ask for grace and calm.  It is all knowing and just as I needed it, pulled me back into a slower pace, a safer and healthier rhythm.

Little Fires Everywhere

Monday, December 25, 2017

LITTLE FIRES EVERYWHERE by Celeste Ng is a tightly woven web of intersecting lives of characters impacted by child bearing and rearing.  Ng's writing is poignant and precise: "The firemen said there were little fires everywhere...Multiple points of origin.  Possible use of accelerant.  Not an accident."  The book itself is fire.

Winter is a ripe time for reading - especially for reading a book that is captivating and expands one's point of view.  Before I began LITTLE FIRES EVERYWHERE, I kept saying that I needed a book that would keep me engrossed in it - a page turner.  This was just that.  The premise is fertile and the story is excellently crafted.  Tributaries keep running out from the main plot line, intersecting and running back to the main story line to enhance it.  It is well written and worth all of the attention it has received lately.

Toronto, I think I Like You

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

The first time I visited Toronto, Ontario, it rained nearly the entire time.  It was March: a cold wind blew in off of the lake.  The land was flat and the sky was so gray, and as a result, I misjudged the city.  When I arrived for the second time, it was a clear day and the sky over the lake was vibrant and expansive.  The people here always seem very friendly.  I set out to walk around the city and headed toward the old town, looping down by the water on my way back into the entertainment district.

We ate at Patria and were not disappointed. There was something so cozy about Toronto in the winter.  It felt like everyone there was synced up - the Toronto locals are on the whole superficially friendlier than New York locals appear to be.

Maybe it is March I want to avoid, and not Toronto.  I went for a meditation/qi gong retreat and found the entire weekend greatly healing.  On top of the retreat, I finally felt space that I needed.  I went swimming, I stayed in on Saturday night and freshly baked chocolate chip cookies and watched Arrival.  I felt nourished and regenerated.


Thursday, November 23, 2017

There is so much to be thankful for in this beautiful world and all that this year has taught me...Mother Earth is so abundant and just keeps on giving.  Feeling especially grateful today and always as we head into winter in the northeast.

Lingering Thoughts of San Francisco

Monday, November 20, 2017

I've only been to San Francisco once, but even almost a year later I still find myself day dreaming hazy, magical day dreams of drives over the Bay Bridge listening to Creedence Cleerwater...  It has been on a loop in my mind.  I find myself humming this song all the time, thinking of the blue bay water and the soft moss that grows on the trees in Marin.  It has stayed with me.  I'm enchanted by it - partially because when I think of Northern California, I associate it with the 1960s and 70s and certain hippie movements that evoke freedom.

Friday Rituals

Friday, October 20, 2017

Nights without watching TV, spent in bed early.  Reading for hours - a really good book - or a really compelling podcast.  When there is nothing else to do but relax and just sink into where you are.  Friday nights hold so much hope and I often fill them with activity.  But there is nothing quite as sweet as a Friday night spent doing absolutely nothing after a productive week.

Natural Disaster Relief

Monday, October 16, 2017

In the last two months, things have happened rapidly and it makes me reevaluate how precious everything is.  Following the solar and lunar eclipses in early September, the hurricanes seemed to roll in, one after another.  Then - the California wildfires intensified and left in their wake severe destruction.  Not to mention the devastating earthquake in Mexico.  The Red Cross makes it easy to donate just $10 or more to any of these relief funds (and many more).  My heart goes out to all those affected.  See here to send supplies directly using different outlets.  It makes me feel so full to know that so many others want to help our sisters and brothers in need.

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