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Thursday, March 24, 2011


Yoga has taught me to my breathe.  Sometimes I forget to breathe.  I get tense and my shoulders scrunch up to my ears and my head starts pulsing.  My limbs tense up and I can feel anxiety rushing over me.  And then I breathe.  The slow rhythmic breathing helps to calm my nerves.  I need to focus my energy on each breath allowing my anxiety to float away.  Focus on prayers and healing.  

This week should have been a yoga week.  A week devoted to breathing.  Slowing down.  I'm tired.  

How do people get the strength to cope through immense pain?  Where do they get their hope? 

My best friend's divorce was finalized this past summer... and her new engagement announced on facebook just two days ago.  I should congratulate her and be happy for her, right?? She became my best friend 8 years ago when we met and embraced... calling each other sisters for life... but how do I congratulate my best friend when her ex-husband is my brother?  My brother who is struggling to remind himself moment by moment of Jesus' love and beg, again, for love?  

How do I console my grade 9 student who just found out that her dad suffered a fatal heart attack in his sleep last night?   As I watched Miriam in fourth period, my heart broke.  She laughed, tucked her hair under her shayla, and joked with her friends.  Innocent.  I knew her father was dead but was waiting for her family to come collect her and her three siblings from school and tell her the news... and then as tears threatened to spill over, I had to look away - to focus on anything but her smile and carefree spirit.  All I could think was that her world is going to crash to pieces and never be the same.  An hour later she was told that she would never hug her dad again, never hear him yell her name or or hear his laugh....

So I pause. And breathe.  Close my eyes.  Pray.  

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

What not to eat!

--- "Don't eat anything your great grandmother wouldn't recognize as food."
--- "Don't eat anything with more than five ingredients, or ingredients you can't pronounce."
---- "Don't eat anything that won't eventually rot...There are exceptions --- honey --- but as a rule, things like Twinkies that never go bad aren't food."
--- "Always leave the table a little hungry.'"
--- "Eat meals together, at regular meal times."
--- "Don't buy food where you buy your gasoline. In the U.S., 20% of food is eaten in the car."
--- "Don't eat breakfast cereals that change the color of the milk." 

Michael Pollan