Tuesday, June 18, 2013
Saturday, June 8, 2013
In looking over an older Yoga Journal mag, I came across an article entitled, “everyday adventures”. It's just a tiny clip, and offers the following as adventures in the day-to-day:
-talk to a stranger at a cafe, or in line at the grocery store
-try cooking a vegetable you've never eaten before
-go the long way to work and take in the fresh sights
-take a yoga class with a teacher you've never studied with.
This got me thinking...do I have an adventure every day?
Some adventures I've tried lately have been:
-ordered my Ahi Tuna steak all the way “rare”(loved it!)
-bought a new shade of lip gloss (how shocking!)
-got a haircut at a place I'd never tried
-hired on a new instructor
-grew turnips for the first time (they look good. We’ll see how they taste)
-placed an order for a new product I’m not sure will sell
There are adventures to be had today, if you just start looking for them. What adventures have you had lately?
Monday, June 3, 2013
I heard on the radio this morning that the US is expected to have a shortage of Physicians soon. Maybe this should frighten me more than it does. But I just see it as an opportunity. It's an opportunity to teach our neighbors to heal themselves.
(Look out. I'm about to get a little controversial here)
One of the reasons we're experiencing this "shortage" is that people go to the doctor for every little thing. A case of the sniffles shouldn't send you running to the emergency room.
Another reason is that we, as a country, no longer take care of ourselves. The obesity rate has skyrocketed, even in my lifetime. We no longer get outside and work for a living. We sit behind the computer, eating Doritos. At night, we eat a microwave meal while watching Honey Boo-Boo. And we wonder why we're so sick! When will Americans wake up and stop torturing our own bodies?
Also, we've lost the ability to care for ourselves at home. Our ancestors knew so many at-home remedies, and employed them regularly for self-care.
I'm not saying "don't go to the doctor". Modern medicine has done so many amazing things and has saved so many lives. But when are we going to begin to take responsibility for our own actions and behavior patterns?
For those of us who practice alternative healing methods, it's time to start educating. Talk about the herbs you use, talk about how much water you try to drink. Talk about how good your yoga classes make you feel. Help them see another way.
I believe that if everyone took responsibility for their own health, the demand on the Physicians would be less. It would only be the sick who see the doctor, freeing up a lot of time for these great healers to heal.
I know this is an opinionated post, and I'd love to hear your comments.