Monthly Archives: July 2011

Spring Cleaning Revisited

The most popular posts on this blog was Spring Cleaning — 50 Things to Throw Out. If you loved that post, I have a poem that you may love as well.

I picked it a few months ago for my meditation reading for the week’s yoga classes. And by some quirk of the universe, several friends and several students that week mentioned their need to clear out things that were no longer needed, to clean closets, to reorganize their lives.


There is a logic to clearing drawers
throwing out papers, used and forgotten.

There is a reason to clear desks and files
putting aside what has already given of itself;

There is a purpose, there is a logic
there is a reason for everything…

We clear out minds, our hearts, our souls
we give ourselves a chance to start again
we accept the unacceptables
cast aside the imponderables
it is good business, it is life and it is growth.

The poem titled “Clearing” is by Barbara Paul-Emile and appears in her book The Dance of Life – Poems for the Spirit. The book was a serendipitous find at the Library books sale.

The Man Who Prescribes the Medicine of the Moment

A Profile of Jon Kabat-Zinn

In his article The Man Who Prescribes the Medicine of the Moment, Barry Boyce profiles Jon Kabat-Zinn, who has brought the benefits of meditation practice to tens of thousands of people .

The core program of Kabat-Zinn’s mindfulness-based stress reduction  (MBSR) includes guided instruction in mindfulness meditation and “mindful yoga practices,” exercises to “enhance awareness in everyday life,” daily mindfulness assignments, and methods for improving communication. The program  emphasizes working with the body using body scanning and yoga exercises to strengthen the body and release muscular tension.

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Bone-Building Workout

 Bone-Building Workout
Fri, 22 Jul 2011 08:21:12 -0500

Source: HealthDay – Video

For older women, the same activities that strengthen muscles can also strengthen bones.

A new study from Scottish researchers provides compelling support that postmenopausal women should get the right kinds of exercise for their bone health.

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