Thyroid, Chanting and Mantras

When I first began chanting, I had been on thyroid medication for over twenty years. The thyroid is the largest organ associated directly with the throat. The women in my extended family have struggled with thyroid issues for generations. My genetics for this particular organ are probably not ideal. Why Choose Chanting? Chanting is a fantastic tool for creating a healthy, balanced thyroid because the vibrations of singing pass directly through the thyroid gland. According to esoteric teachings, the throat is the seat of power, a place where emotions, intentions, praise, and criticism are all expressed. Energetically speaking, the throat … Continue reading

This Painting Healed My Back

My back had been hurting for over a year. I had started doing yoga, but I didn’t remember injuring myself during yoga. I didn’t remember injuring myself at all. One day I just discovered that I had pain in my lower back every time I bent over. Little did I know that an abstract painting would be my cure. I ignored the pain as best I could. My back didn’t hurt all the time, but enough to limit my movement and exercise regime. I tried gentle stretching and gave myself some time to heal. Weeks went by. Then months. There … Continue reading

Sports and the Superhuman

There are athletes all over the world demonstrating superhuman feats of endurance and agility in many different sports. There is a growing recognition that there are multiple components necessary for success: psychological, emotional, physical, and spiritual. Some athletes have had transcendent spiritual experiences while pushing themselves to their physical limits. Sports can be a path of self-mastery on all of these levels. In particular there are traditions in the martial arts and in endurance sports that give the practitioner the means to reach both the highest levels of physical culture and spiritual attainment. The ancient Taoists viewed the human body … Continue reading

Workout Lingo

I think I’m starting to catch on to the workout lingo for weight lifting. I’ve learned about supersets (two or more exercises performed in a row without a break between them) and bench presses and back hack squats and lateral raises…. Sometimes the name of an exercise does a pretty good job describing the movement. These pics are a Concentration Curl. I think of this as a very physical moving meditation! … Continue reading

One Lift at a Time

Six months down! My son Chrissy and I are finishing a half a year of weight training this weekend! I’ve read that the fastest gains are in the first six months so it may be slower going from here on out. For example, the first time I did squats, I could only use the bar–which weighs 45 lbs all by itself–no additional weights at all. Now we add 50 lbs so it’s 95 lbs total. It doesn’t look like much and the point is not to brag (though there is some of that, I’m human) but if I can do … Continue reading

Boundless Health

I wasn’t super strong as a kid. In fact, I got sick a LOT. I wore special shoes because one foot turned out. When I was only three years old, I had drops put in my right eye every day to paralyze it and make the other eye work harder. That was the cure for having a “lazy” left eye. I stuttered a bit and had terrible allergies. I had pneumonia in grade school and five years of allergy shots. I was ill so often that my tonsils were removed in hopes that I’d get strep throat less often. As a … Continue reading

Essential Oils for the Chakras

chakras

There are essential oils that are associated with each of the major chakras. These oils can be used for balancing and healing the chakras. Essential oils have an ancient history of use in religious rituals as well as for medicinal purposes. What I personally appreciate about essential oils is that they operate on many levels: physical, emotional and spiritual. They are volatile, meaning they evaporate easily. They also tie into the sense of smell, which is part of the limbic system. This is where memories and emotions are often stored in the brain. Although recommendations vary, the following essential oils are … Continue reading

Face Yoga Challenge

I’ve just signed up for a 30 Day Face Yoga challenge with Fumiko Takatsu. I rarely sign up for that kind of stuff because. I’m usually motivated to create my own programs and schedules for everything: my work and exercise and my ongoing experiments with health food diets and meditation and all of the other things I am trying to pursue simultaneously. So I haven’t always felt that I needed someone else’s program or challenge to get me going. But something has changed. I’ve heard that you are either basically and introvert or an extrovert for life. I was clearly … Continue reading

Temple of Power

Two of my sons have recently gotten pretty serious about body building. One of them sent me a link for a website that they use to get workout ideas and instruction. There was an article written there by Chris Zaino. He’s a former Mr. America bodybuilder who is now a chiropractor and runs a clinic in Texas. In fact, it is one of the world’s largest and most successful chiropractic clinics. His philosophy is that our body is our temple and that we have a responsibility to God to take care of them. He also believes that it is God’s … Continue reading

The Body as Living Symbol

hip meaning

Most of us experience pain as either an acute situation (hopefully only as an occasional thing) or possibly as an ongoing, chronic condition. We often think that these things are just random events that happen to us. What if we look at pain symbolically and try to figure out the meaning or message? What if the body itself is a living symbol and we just need to understand and handle the hidden messages in pain and illness? I’ve been doing this for several years now and the process of recovery does seem to speed significantly if I look deeper into … Continue reading