(If you can't see the graphics, please click here to refresh your page.)
Click here to receive Sage Tidings... a 'now and then' newsletter with updates and life philosophy.
I look forward to sharing ideas, yoga flows, meditations, poetry, and general (sometimes off the wall) life commentary with you on this page. Welcome.
What, ME Worry?!
Those renowned words from the mascot of MAD magazine have crept into the prefrontal cortex of my brain. I've not thought of them in eons… just a memory of my oldest brother Ricky lounging on our living room couch deeply immersed in its contents.
Now while this magazine is not a habitual part of my thought process, the idea of WORRY has been quite prominent. I realize now more than ever before the implications of succumbing to this emotion.
The most enlightened quote I know of regarding this tendency comes from author, Dan Zadra: 'Worry is a misuse of the imagination.'
I grew up with a mom who worried A LOT. Her last words to me as I would leave the house were ALWAYS, "BE CAREFUL!" I love(d) that woman more than words can say and still feel her with me every single day, but I do hope that she now is 'seeing things from a more universal perspective' and that the apprehension has morphed into peace.
Worry when examined really breaks down to fear - fear of 'what might happen.' It is using the mind to imagine worst possible scenarios. And when we realize that our thoughts and intentions are ENERGY, we also become aware that we are sending this energy into the exact outcomes we most want to avoid.
So. What if we used that energy in a more positive way. Why not picture the best outcomes rather than the worst? I am not saying that there aren't times in life when we will feel concern. But why imagine the future with anguish?
If you find that you have a tendency to negatively project outcomes in your life or the lives of others, just give this a try:
Come back into the present moment. Take a nice long breath. Be grateful for all of the gifts currently in your life. (For instance, if you are reading this, be thankful for your vision. If you have a full tummy, be thankful for the food available to you. If you are saying, "This woman is just nuts", be thankful for your ability to think. You get the idea.)
And remember - 'seeing' your loved ones in a scenario that is less than healthy or safe is not doing them any favors. Be vigilant, yes, in proactive ways. (i.e. eat healthy, exercise, meditate, inform yourself what to do in emergency situations, do that 'gratitude' thing, etc). but also do your best to curtail the toxic 'what ifs' until you can also exclaim, with confidence, "What, ME worry?"
Wishing you Inner Peace.
If you find your self in a state of worry, fear, stress -
here is a short video offering a Breath/Acupressure Combo to
Calm the Spirit.
While we welcome the warmer temps and beauty of nature in bloom, many of us pay the price with spring and summer allergies. Here are some natural antidotes that might be of benefit to you and anyone you know suffering from the sneezy, itchy, red-eyed reactions to our seasons.
QUERCETIN / BROMELAIN:
Quercetin, a flavonoid antioxidant found in plant foods (such as apples, berries, leafy greens), is an important part of our diet in fighting free radical damage and the effects of inflammation. It is sometimes referred to as 'nature's benadryl' due to its ability to suppress histamine response. Research has shown that quercetin is helpful in managing not only allergy symptoms but other inflammatory imbalances such as arthritis and heart disease.
Derived from the stem of the pineapple, Bromelain has its own anti-inflammatory properties, but also helps the body more readily absorb quercetin when taken together.
Suggested dosage for allergies*:
400-500 mg of quercetin/100-200 mg of bromelain
2-3 times a day between meals
PRESS HERE: Acupressure (& More) for Animals - Saturday, June 4th
Whatcom Community College, Bellingham
PRESS HERE: Acupressure (& More) for Women-
More dates & locations to be determined.
Click here for more details and registration information.
*If you have a group interested in learning more about the benefits of acupressure as far as seasonal health, women's health, pets or overall benefits, please contact me for more info.
Yoga Class Updates
Park & Rec Sponsored...
NEW - Senior Yoga class - Blaine Pavilion
(next door to Boys & Girls Club - 635 8th Street)
Thursday mornings - 10:30 am - 11:30 am
$5 drop in fee. Click here for full yoga schedule.
TUESDAY EVENING MEDITATION GATHERING
Blaine Chiropractic Center 5:30 pm - 6:15 pm
Many of us may not have access to a place where we can remove ourselves from the 'noise' of the outside world. This is why I have been drawn to offer these sessions, both for experienced meditators as well as beginners.
Come into the silence of you and tap into a place of knowingness and peace.
"Inner Peace Investment": $5 Learn more here. I’ve come to meditation for the very first time in my 70’s. With Maureen guiding us into deep relaxation, it comes fairly easily, with a wonderful feeling of peace and calm. Very, very good for any of us with a hectic “normal” life, reminding us of what is possible. - M.S.
Maureen’s relaxation techniques and her provision of a meaningful meditation Mantra makes for a deep and enjoyable meditation experience. I appreciate the chance to attend only to myself and to only recognize the external world but then let it go. - L.S.