Monthly Archives: March 2017

Get your juju on!

Get your juju on
By Nancy B. Loughlin
Published in News Press on March 21, 2017

This is my juju bag full of stones and small trinkets of significance.

I hit my limit.

During a terminal workplace meeting, I needed a grounding reminder of what mattered to me.

I extracted a small cloth sack from my purse and dumped the contents into my palm:  a pebble of rose quartz, a baby amethyst, a thin shaving of kyanite, a tiny statue of Shiva, a miniature bear from Berlin, a fortune cookie message “Love conquers all,” pressed dandelions from Martin Luther King’s birthplace and a broken piece of pottery my mother supercharged on Machu Picchu.

A coworker leaned in and, with a conspiratorial whisper, asked, “What is that?”

“It’s my juju bag,” I said, staring at the treasures in my palm. Continue reading

Yes, you CAN be overinvolved in your own life

You’re overinvolved in your life
By Nancy B. Loughlin
Published in News Press on March 21, 2017 

There are two of You – You1 and You2.

You2 acts, interacts and reacts.  You1, your genuine self, manages You2.

Socrates said, “Be as you wish to seem,” and this supports the double-You perspective.  Two Yous: one the creator and one the creation, your authentic self vs. your persona.

You2 is the wild child.  You2, immersed in the stuff of world, is led by human senses and the attraction and repulsion of likes and dislikes.  Continue reading

When people get on your nerves

When people get on your nerves
By Nancy B. Loughlin
Published in News Press March 14, 2017

People get on your nerves when you’re chasing your tail.

Such busyness is when activity and movement consume your life.  You’re flying places, driving places, running places. It’s task, task, task instead of purpose, purpose, purpose.

That’s when people get on your last nerve, even people you like.  You want to slap your hands over your ears because their voices are nails on a chalkboard, and meetings resemble a convention of squawking chickens.  People bump you in stores or hallways, and you want to push back.  Your patience has disappeared in check-out lines and while waiting for return phone calls. And, of course, you gift other drivers with your verbal wrath. Continue reading

Tokyo Marathon: a test of my yogic self

Tokyo Marathon: a test of my yogic self
By Nancy B. Loughlin
Published in News Press on March 7, 2017

The Tokyo Marathon start line.

Ready or not, do or do not.  There is no try.

I tried to remember this during my meltdown two nights before the Tokyo Marathon.

Tokyo doesn’t play.  If I wasn’t over the 10K marker by a certain time, race officials would be blocking the road, and all stragglers would be disqualified.

That wasn’t a big worry until I found out I would be in the last corral.  With 35,000 runners in front of me, it could take me 30 minutes just to get to the start.

I hadn’t trained for the pace I needed, so I started to sweat.     Continue reading