For a variety of reasons, I’ve been contemplating archetypes – especially those about aging. This post is about some of this reflection:
Once upon a time, I thought winter would bundle me in purple, like the lady who would wear purple when she was old. Old, though, is always just a few years more than your current age. On the first snow of the season, I paused to think about my life and future. Who should appear at the back pond’s edge but the Great Blue Heron, bundled in her grey blue plumage hunched to hold her stance against the brutal wind.
This was the first time, I had observed the Heron in the snow. She may have been there before many times, but this is the first I noticed her. The first time I really saw her was on a Spring day a few years before. Over the years, she appears at interesting times in my life. She presented herself so often that I began to note her character. A few weeks ago, I wrote this short poem and realized, purple is a lovely color to wear whether you are old or not, but as I grow older, I wish to cultivate the character of the majestic heron! Continue reading
Anatomy is a story told with a sharp instrument – whether it’s a scalpel or our discerning consciousness. Yoga helps us experience the interconnected unity of our bodies, and dispels the illusion that our body is made up of parts.
The greatest wealth is health. – Virgil
To keep the body in good health is a duty, otherwise we shall not be able to keep our mind strong and clear. – Buddha
It’s that time of year again. November is National Diabetes Month. For the past few years, I’ve written blog posts in November about my own experience with Type II Diabetes. Last year, my blog post Easing Diabetes Symptoms with Yoga Therapy was published in the Northern Virginia Wellness Hub. In that article, I wrote about Dr. Dean Ornish’s Four Pillars for reversing heart disease: 1) Eat Well, 2) Move More, 3) Stress Less, 4) Love More. I concluded the article with some simple yoga based stress relieving practices that you might find beneficial.