YOGA AND TRANSFORMATION
Yoga is a discipline of transformation. The main point is to take a realistic look at how I am built -- body, speech, and mind -- and then to coordinate all the parts to make an offering of my life. By nature it changes habits and orients one to... Read more
THE MIDDLE WAY
The Buddha taught the Middle Way to practice freedom from suffering. Can I be aware of the ways that I am not moderate in my life, and take small steps to change those habits? Can I keep this question in mind?... Read more
I live a life that gives health. This motivation comes straight from my desire for happiness.
How are they related? Well, when I say "happiness," I am not talking about the rush of joy that comes from a wondrous surprise. Though I love spec... Read more
EIGHT YEARS TO BECOME A BEGINNER AGAIN
For the past eight years, I have worked very hard to become a beginner again. The most difficult achievement has been to accept that the default state of my body and mind is that of someone who has been in major accidents and has major injuries.... Read more
ONE STEP AT A TIME
Last year I did not find out much in the food sensitivity study. I just kept feeling more and more ill. Finally, my doctor suggested that I see a naturopath to do more intensive research. I had never seen a naturopath before. To make a long stor... Read more
R - E - P - E - A - T - I - N - G
Yes, it is a challenge, not a particularly glamorous one, to do this next round of food restrictions. It helps to think of this as an offering to my well-being, and my well-being as an offering to the health and happiness of all beings.
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I am entering a new cycle of 8 weeks' food sensitivity study, restricting my diet one food at a time and gradually re-introducing each type of food. This is intended to find any sensitivities that may have come from the injuries, drugs, and so o... Read more
I am now one week into the "Better Sleep Challenge" ... we will see how sleep and digestive healing interact.
So far I have been pretty successful at keeping a sleep diary, and at getting a good number of hours of sleep per day. The injurie... Read more
The eight week elimination diet taught me three really important things:
First, many of the foods I was eating weren't good for me. As soon as I started adding them back in, I felt less well.
Second, that I had a much more compulsive r... Read more
EATING TO GIVE LIFE
I am finishing the 3rd week of an 8-week elimination diet to work with the inflammation from internal injuries from the accidents. While I have been a vegetarian for many years, the internal injuries led to problems that exceeded my level of ski... Read more
HONORING THE TEACHER
The great yoga teacher, BKS Iyengar, passed away on August 20th. So much has been written about him, yet there are no words to describe his impact on my life. All I can say is that without his teaching, I would possibly have been bedridden and s... Read more
FRIENDLINESS TO SELF
One of the key practices that keeps me in touch with my recovery is friendliness. This is a simple a... Read more
IT'S LIKE THE FIRST WEEK OF A NEW LIFE
This week, as part of my recovery, I have been doing a yoga intensive for half of each day. Though I have to be very careful due to dizziness, scar tissue and other aftereffects of the accidents, deep inside it feels like the first week of a new... Read more
A couple of months ago, one of my health professionals expressed surprise about the unexpected success of my rehab. He said that though recovery was not expected in my case beyond the two-year mark, there had been steady progress since then.
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STARTING OVER AGAIN
The 20 months of rehab after the big accident came to an abrupt end when an SUV plowed into me while I was walking across a street. There were surgeries, more rehab, and now I am back. It is great to have a community of like-minded people, inter... Read more