Fear is like a cloud that hides the sun. Even though I know the sun is up, sometimes clouds shroud it causing a darkened, diluted, or and depending on how thick that cloud is, a lustreless sunlight. But the intensity and brightness of the sun itself hasn’t changed at all - I’m just not able to see it in all its brilliance from where I am standing.
in the 90 minutes session I had with the physiotherapist, I learned more about my undercarriage than I have in 43 years of experience. She took such time and care in explaining how and why bladder leakage occurs. It was as much a health counselling session as it was an anatomy lesson.
If I have learned anything in these last two decades it is that teachers come in all shapes and sizes, and almost always when you least expect them but always when you need them most. And each of them, with their own unique gift of realization as to the message of this timeworn practice, whether they realize it or not. All of them have helped shape my understanding and application of this rich concept that is to be in and of the Self.
“…researchers have discovered that sitting time itself is a risk factor for cardiovascular disease, even in those who exercise regularly. Regular bouts of exercise do not undo the effect that sitting has on the body. The link between sitting and cardiovascular disease has to do the with physics of how your blood flows through your arteries..."
When I was in high school my English teacher noted in one of my report cards that writing was not my strong suit. I remember hearing him and my mother talk during a PT meeting where he stated, “give Michelle a subject to talk about and she could talk for hours. But when it comes to writing, she struggles with that.”
Standing in the bathroom one night this week as I readied myself for bed, I stopped, toothbrush hanging out of my mouth, as I caught my reflection in the mirror. I honestly couldn’t believe what stared back at me. Encircled in dark and heavy shadows, a pair of exhausted, sore, and sunken but swollen eyes started right back at me. They watered under in the soft bathroom lights and struggled to hold focus.
So, that morning I had something different for breakfast, I put on something I haven’t worn in years and I went for my first run in a very long time. Later on also said no to something, I stood up for something else, and signed up for something new. I also took time that evening to clean and purge a closet, reorganize a drawer, rearrange a room and reaffirm the importance and purpose behind my journaling and meditation practices.
Here in Nova Scotia, the weather often changes by the minute. One moment it's bright and sunny, the next heavy cloud cover and rain, sleet or snow. This deliciously warming and satisfying soup is a perfect balance for helping regulate Vata & Kapha dosha.
Even before the new year rang in, I started to ask myself questions about my personal health and wellness practices; What do I need? What is getting in my way? What, where and how do I need to help my body, mind and heart feel healthier, stronger and like my old self, only better?
And just like that, 365 days have come and gone. The proverbial ‘goose’ has been cooked, a fresh new calendar spine is cracked, and I am so ready for a realignment on my personal health and wellness practices.
Well, holy sweet mustard pickles. We are able to re-RE-open on Monday, December 21st. YAY! I did not see that coming and through for sure we'd be closed until after the new year.
I am no baker by any stretch but I do love to try new recipes every so often. Having made gluten free Ginger Snaps in the past, this year my son and I want to make our own Homemade Gingerbread Houses for Christmas so I needed to find a new recipe that could 'stand up' for to the construction phase.
The social media world is a very real virtual reality that we are somewhat forced into cohabiting with. I say somewhat forced because really no one is forcing me, or us, to scroll, click, comment and share. But as human beings, whom from the dawn of time have sought out ways to find others, to create community and to live collectively with other humans, being and staying connected to those who hold our sacred selves in their hearts is vital to our health and wellbeing.
I got the change to ask KD for some advice on how I go about leading a Kirtan. His response, "Start where you are." Simple as that. So here I am, stepping into new, yet in some ways familiar territory. There are a few simple recordings of some of the mantras I have learned and regularly practice with. I hope you enjoy them as much as I love to sing the melodies.
As we re-open our studio for public classes, we are working diligently to ensure the health and safety of our teachers, staff and our students, is a top priority. Therefore, we are taking necessary action to ensure that the Nova Scotia Health Authority guidelines are adhered to. Please take a moment to review the policies and procedures that are now in place so that we can all stay safe, healthy and active together.