Monthly Archives: February 2016

An Empath’s Survival Guide

An Empath’s Survival Guide
By Nancy B. Loughlin

Published in News Press on February 23, 2016

You know you’re an empath when, like Obi-Wan Kenobi, you feel great disturbances in The Force.

But you also sense tiny trembles. You detect an atmospheric shift when one person’s energy enters, or contaminates, a room.  Another person’s mood slams you when you lay a single fingertip on his skin.  If anyone is in pain, you feel it, physically.

You’re the glue holding families together, the bandage for the group’s faulty communication.

So what makes an empath?

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Savasana: The Life in Corpse Pose

More than Yoga: The Life in Corpse Pose
By Nancy B. Loughlin

Published in News Press on February 16, 2016 

It’s often named Favorite Pose.

Why wouldn’t it be?  In Savasana, otherwise known by the macabre moniker “corpse pose,” you’re lying flat on your back with your eyes closed.

This pose closes every yoga class.  Your physical body has stretched and escaped its shell; your energy body has been cleansed and aligned.  There is no more work to be done, and it’s time to surrender.

No doubt, someone in the room will snore and startle you out of your bliss.

Sleep is not the goal of Savasana, yet it happens.

The challenge of Corpse Pose is to be actively passive.

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50 quick ways to add beauty to your life immediately

Fifty quick ways to add beauty to your life immediately
By Nancy B. Loughlin

Published in News Press February 8, 2016

  1. Read one poem per day, and start with “In a Station of the Metro” by Ezra Pound. The experience of beauty, indeed, comes in flashes.
  2. Get henna tattoos on your hands.
  3. Swap out the black clothes for bright colors and florals.
  4. Don’t be afraid of bold color. Paint your beige walls.
  5. Energize your front entrance with a wreath, a welcome mat and potted plants on either side of the door.
  6. Grow herbs on your porch.
  7. Replace the tissues with a cloth handkerchief.
  8. Opt out of matching dishes. Choose handmade ceramic plates, each one individual, special and collected over time.
  9. Learn to Zentangle.
  10. Turn off the television and let jazz music echo through your home.
  11. Send real thank-you cards through the US Postal Service.
  12. When driving, switch off the radio and enjoy the silence.
  13. Say yes more often.
  14. Say no more often.
  15. Move on more often.
  16. Hang wind chimes outside your bedroom window.
  17. Decorate your space for every holiday.
  18. Buy long tapers and eat dinner by candlelight.
  19. Find the perfect vase and keep it filled with fresh flowers.
  20. Remove the following from your speech: profanity, hurtful gossip, negativity, complaints, lies and self-deprecation.
  21. Declutter your living and work space.
  22. Listen to “Liebestod.”
  23. You have fabulous hats, scarves and ties. Start wearing them.
  24. Decorate your sidewalks and driveway with chalk drawings.
  25. Dress up for no reason.
  26. Spend one year becoming an expert on a new topic.
  27. For anything.
  28. Use a slow cooker. When you come home, you’ll smell dinner.
  29. If there is live theater in town, go. Don’t forget your local high school’s productions.
  30. Rescue an animal.
  31. Forgive somebody, particularly yourself.
  32. Spend more time in nature.
  33. Get a plot in a community garden.
  34. If you can bike there, get rolling.
  35. Go to the finish line of a marathon or 5K and soak up the positive energy.
  36. Wish strangers a good morning.
  37. Start each day with five minutes of meditation.
  38.  Recyle.
  39. When it comes to spending money, choose experience over things.
  40. Leave work on time, find a body of water, sit next to it and be grateful.
  41. Light a fire pit in your backyard.
  42. When it is movie night, tap into Film Comment Magazine’s Best Films of the Year list.
  43. Keep a bowl of fresh fruit on the kitchen counter. Don’t forget the grapes.
  44. Bake a loaf of bread from scratch.
  45. Buy local at the farmer’s markets.
  46. Get off your phone and make a new friend.
  47. Embrace privacy. You don’t have to post every little thing you do.
  48. Drink your morning coffee or tea outside and watch the sunrise.
  49. Set aside daily reading time, and tackle the classics you’ve always wanted to read.
  50. Do nothing. Sit, be silent and listen to the wind.