Monthly Archives: February 2014

Know your type: body, mind, emotion

Know your type: body, mind, emotion
By Nancy B. Loughlin
Published in News Press on February 25, 2014.  Posted with permission.

There are mind people. They read, investigate and learn ceaselessly.

When stressed, mind people go to the body. Spin class, a few miles on the road, pump some iron. They get massages, acupuncture or pedicures.

But mind people wouldn’t know emotions if they tripped over them. That’s a shame because emotions hold the key for such people.

Knowing your type and knowing your go-to can lead to your healing path.

If you are craving a spiritual experience, a life overflowing with divine epiphanies, you might have things backward.

We are spiritual beings first who are having a temporary, physical experience.

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Opening the book of the Tarot

Opening the book of the Tarot
By Nancy B. Loughlin
Published in News Press on February 18, 2014.  Posted with permission.

Begin by selecting your deck, emphasis “your.”

There is no definitive Tarot deck. This collection of 78 cards has uncertain origins. It has morphed and evolved for centuries as have the image interpretations.

Browse the featured decks on African Tarot. Angel Tarot. Art Nouveau. Salvador Dali. Vampires. Medieval Cats. Zombies. Click with what resonates.

Your first reading: Unwrap your cards, and take a Get Acquainted Tour. Begin with the Major Arcana. In the Rider-Waite deck, these 22 cards are the story of life beginning with The Fool, the spark of creativity, and ending with The World, the fulfillment of desires. Hold the cards in your hands, and if your eyes linger over any, set them aside.

The final 56 cards are the Minor Arcana. They are broken up into four suits traditionally: wands, pentacles, cups and swords. Take one suit at a time. Remove the cards that whisper.

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Hanging around on the yoga wall

Trade fitness fanaticism for serenity with the Yoga Wall
By Nancy B. Loughlin
Published in News Press on February 11. 2014. Posted with permission.

“No pain. No gain.”

So who told you that?

supported bridge

Meredith Musick and friends hang on the great yoga wall in Naples, FL.

spinal twist

A fitness cult is running rampant in the United States.

I recently attended a spin class, and the instructor wasn’t riding the bike. With a smile, he pointed to his bandaged knee and announced his upcoming surgery.

“But I’ll be back at it soon,” he said. I predict he’ll also be back under the surgeon’s knife.

Blowing out knees and backs, tearing tendons and ligaments, and exploding biceps do not make you a sexy beast.

meredith     meredith friends and happy     down dog

It is amazing what people are doing to their bodies in the name of losing weight or looking fit.

Good yoga teachers observe the fine line between pain and sensation. Exercise is not supposed to hurt nor is it supposed to exhaust you. Collapsing post-workout, panting and bathed in your own sweat isn’t ideal. Remember that breathing through the mouth is a sign that you’re pushing too hard, and you are likely moving into fight-or-flight.

If your workout keeps you on a steady diet of anti-inflammatories and pain killers and cutting out body parts and replacing them seems reasonable to you, it’s time to change your workout.

Good yoga teachers will also address the difference between ego and curiosity. You can be curious about trying that tricked-out yoga pose, an ultramarathon or nailing 20 burpies. But if you’re doing it to satisfy your ego, the monster has emerged. Vanity is one of those seven deadlies.

Some people appear to have discovered their life passions in athleticism. They belong to running groups, compete in body building competitions and hang out and train with fellow triathletes. Their workouts are synonymous with their social lives and pastimes.   More power to them.

But for the rest of humanity, exercising itself should not be the goal; fitness is the means to a full, happy and active life. Contrary to popular opinion, a six-pack of abs is not proof of health. It’s vanity.

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