Your Health Liberty

Your Health Liberty

The freedom of choice.

This is ultimately what America stands for, is it not? Ok, in literal verbiage, “Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” But if you whittle that down to a concept, one might argue that its the notion of choice over the way we direct our lives, as opposed to direction by our government.

Be Happy, Be Healthy

Be Happy, Be Healthy

May was Mental Health Month. In short, and as such, I highly recommend the Science Museum of Minnesota’s Exhibit on Mental Health. I sure enjoyed it…    

Things We Tell Ourselves, Worth Repeating.

Things We Tell Ourselves, Worth Repeating.

I’ve had some opportunities to get out of my “regularly scheduled life,” lately which has me thinking about stories. In yoga philosophy, there are stories that tell of archetypes having a particular experience, which we use as metaphors to understand our own experiences, relationships, and lives. In my other work-world of voice-over and music, there is a story and a mood to convey. And throughout our day, there is a story playing out in our head. This is the story that has the most direct and consistent impact on our lives, and believe it or not, our health.

New Goal? Might Feel Weird. Give It Some Time To Sink Into Your Body.

New Goal? Might Feel Weird. Give It Some Time To Sink Into Your Body.

NEW. What is new in your world? Or what would you like to be a new thing in your life? Maybe it has something to do with the new year. Maybe this newness is something you wanted, and maybe you got handed a life shitstorm and now you’re trying to deal. This whole concept of mind-body is often perceived as this nebulous and subtle thing that can’t possibly be that big of a deal, can it? But the more we understand the state of our bodies, and the more that we understand how much our physical “presence,” we’ll call it – the way we carry ourselves, and physically present ourselves – is affected by our emotional presence.

Dr. David Simon on KFAI Radio Twin Cities

Dr. David Simon on KFAI Radio Twin Cities

“We remind them of their capacity to create inner joy… and what we find is their illness gets better… most likely whatever the psychological or physical illness you’re suffering from will become less.” – Dr. David Simon on KFAI Radio Twin Cities THIS IS THE SHIZ, FOLKS. Ok, I know I tend to get a little […]

Darkness – Honor The Still of the Winter Solstice

Darkness – Honor The Still of the Winter Solstice

I teach yoga from the perspective that your “center” is what we’re after. It gets rid of those nasty lines that say one side is better than the other. You’re gonna bump around on your own “life wheel,” going too far in one direction, only to come back and maybe over-compensate and go too far […]

MBSR Weeks 7 & 8: The Definition of Depth

MBSR Weeks 7 & 8: The Definition of Depth

Holy shit folks. It’s been a bit of an active couple of weeks. Like most of you (probably?), I’ve been feeling a bit overwhelmed, and its taken me until now to sort out what it is that I’m even feeling about my life, our lives, the collective. Let alone have something cohesive to say in […]

MBSR Mindfulness Week 4: Discipline

MBSR Mindfulness Week 4: Discipline

This week’s class reminded me that even if you have been practicing yoga, mindfulness, breathing, meditation, etc. for a number of years, WOW if we don’t still have ingrained patterns. Mine? Issues with discipline… Which also reminded me that the point of this stuff is not to “fix” something. (Which seems counter-intuitive, I know.) The point of […]

MBSR: Mindfulness Week #1

MBSR: Mindfulness Week #1

We all have a default mode. Mine is definitely to keep moving. Keep thinking. Pour my mind and attention into what am I doing next? What do I need to work on next? I have a bit of work-a-holic-ism in me, and it often winds up (pun intended) as an overload of anxiety. I get […]

How

How

Ok, you’re stuck.

But when we don’t know HOW to get better, move past it, get over it, shrug it off, push through, etc., it can feel like a lost cause. We all – myself included – have fallen subject to that old voice that tells us that we’re different… a loner… an odd ball out.