Want to Feel Better Immediately? Go to Vagus.

No, not that Vegas; actually, that’s not a bad idea.  But, THE vagus.  Probably, the most important of the twelve cranial nerves is the vagus.  Covering a distance of about six miles, it’s actually longer than the Vegas strip, connecting sensory signals to and from the heart, lungs, stomach, and our entire digestive system. In … Continue reading Want to Feel Better Immediately? Go to Vagus.

My Grandmother; The 103 Year Old Guru

Everyone in my family; my mother, aunts, uncles, cousins, and so on, were gossipy, angry, miserable, grudge-holding, and so full of drama.  Everyone.  What a terrible existence.  My Grandmother was the oldest of nine children (my aunts and uncles) and she attended each of their funerals.  She attended my mother’s funeral as well; her own … Continue reading My Grandmother; The 103 Year Old Guru

Proficiency, Competence, and the Incapable Hero

One guy swims the lake and makes it look easy.  He’s an accomplished swimmer.  When he gets to the other side, it’s no big deal.  He towels off, and gets on with things.  No fanfare. Another guy crosses the lake, but he’s not a very good swimmer.  He’s floundering, splashing, gasping for air, and making … Continue reading Proficiency, Competence, and the Incapable Hero

Thinking About Joining a Yoga Studio for the First Time? Relax

I know, it can be weird. The first time I walked into a yoga school, I was filled with trepidation and reluctance.  When I entered, no one was in the reception area, so I got a few seconds to take it all in.  The smell of lavender, lots of beads, Namaste T-shirts, essential oils, candles, … Continue reading Thinking About Joining a Yoga Studio for the First Time? Relax

A Yogi Without a Mat is Still a Yogi

When it comes to violins, the Stradivarius has no equal.  Their value can go into the $10-million range and to have one in my hands would be against the laws of the universe.  Unless I hit my head and wake up a virtuoso, I will never master that kind of skill. No violin will make … Continue reading A Yogi Without a Mat is Still a Yogi