Let’s Get Physical

Posted on Feb 6, 2013 | 0 comments

Let’s Get Physical

February is the month of love and I am focusing on loving our bodies, not the body you want and not a body you see in magazines – Your Body – just as it is today – all of it. We want to change our bodies – we want them to LOOK better.  But have you given much thought to their actual function?  This month I am asking you to turn your perspective from the surface appearance of your body to the physical function and begin to appreciate just how wonderful your body is and all it accomplishes every single day. Our bodies are wonderful works of art that are so complex that science has barely scratched the surface of how it works.  There are so many functions that your body completes every second without an active thought from you, like breathing. Consider how the complex interaction of blood, bone and muscle allows for your every movement. Look at your hand and instead of seeing the flaws you would usually see, acknowledge the wonder of what it can do and how it works.  Now turn that same perspective to a part of your body that you would like to change and notice how it alters your feelings about any other part of your body you would like to change.  This new perspective is especially important if you are facing health challenges.  Our mental attitude toward our body is key to how we take care of ourselves. This isn’t about specific parts of your body or being complacent with where you are physically.  This is about shifting your attention from the surface APPEARANCE of your body to the amazing FUNCTION of your body. This is about accepting where you are today and appreciating the physical form that enables you to be present in the world.  When you begin to appreciate your body for the miracle it is – a transformation to love can begin.  When we love something we take good care of it and keep it safe.  This is not a magic wand that changes your body, but it can change how you look at yourself in the...

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My Enemy, My Teacher

Posted on May 31, 2011 | 0 comments

My Enemy, My Teacher

I had the honor to hear His Holiness the Dalai Lama speak in person several weeks ago, and I have been pondering his message ever since.  So I apologize for the long delay in posting, I hope it is worth waiting for. One of his key lessons is that it is only through facing an “enemy” that we build strength.  I found this teaching to be so profound that I have decided I needed the space of several blog posts to explore it properly.   So this is the first in a series of posts that will explore how we can apply this philosophy to our every day lives. I first want to say that I am not a big fan of the word “enemy”.  In our culture the connotation is of a living person who is seeking to harm us.  There very well may be people who are seeking to physically harm us, but I will not be writing about that type of “enemy”.  These are not the situations where we learn yogic discipline, this is where self defense is useful.  And that is a different teacher. When we are surrounded by people that think like we think and act like we act it is so easy!!  We are never challenged to consider a different view or defend our beliefs.  When life is easy we float along in a wonderful bubble of contentment that doesn’t shape us or change us.  But when we come into contact with people who challenge or beliefs, thoughts and feelings we are forced to really put these aspects of ourselves under scrutiny and be prepared to defend them.  The same is true when life gets difficult.  It is only through these challenges that we strengthen our spiritual muscle. So I will not be using the term enemy, for my purposes I prefer to use the the term “opponent” or “opposition”.  These are simply people or situations that challenge our perception of how the world works or how we think it should work.  I will be talking about the people and situations in our lives that are like sand to the oyster.  Irritating, but in the end forms a beautiful pearl. It has also occurred to me that opponents come in several different forms.  First there is a real live person who just gets under our skin or challenges us on some level.  Second there is a situation that challenges us to think about how we choose to act or react.  And third is ourselves.  We are often our own worst “enemy”. For the next three weeks I will be exploring how each of these “opponents” manifest in our lives and how we might seek to turn the sand into a pearl of...

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