Monthly Archives: April 2014

Nectar or Poison? A Lesson from Bhagavad Gita

Nectar or poison?  A lesson from the Bhagavad Gita
By Nancy B. Loughlin
Published in News Press on April 29, 2014.  Posted with permission.

We’ve managed to convince ourselves that we always know what we’re doing.

In the Bhagavad Gita, Krishna offers important advice.

What begins as nectar can turn into poison.

Avidya is false consciousness. We may think our perceptions are apt, but our judgment is clouded by ego, desire, resentment or fear. At first exposure, a life experience may deliver what appears to be happiness, but that happiness is a con.

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Jump! Meditations on skydiving

Jump! Meditations on skydiving
By Nancy B. Loughlin
Published in News Press on April 22, 2014.  Posted with permission.

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Skydiving was the most frightening event of my life.

And, unequivocally, it was the most transformative.

When my plane reached 14,000 feet, my instructor, Miki Baranowski, yanked the belts that fastened me to his chest. I gasped Heimlich Maneuver-style. I had just been jacked into a nylon corset.

(Enjoy a video of my first jump!)

Together we slid down a bench toward the open airplane door. The photographer was clutching the outside of the plane, waiting for me to be born.

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Paskel: Everyone is an addict

Paskel: Everyone is an addict
By Nancy B. Loughlin
Published in News Press on April 15, 2014.  Posted with permission.

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Eric Paskel at the 2013 Yoga Journal Conference, Hollywood, FL

Yogi Eric Paskel startled me when he said, “Everyone is an addict.”

My defenses began to rise.

He explained that addiction is a fixation on anything outside the self that you believe can deliver your happiness. Anything. Drugs and alcohol are givens. But he also included romantic relationships, clothes, cars, money, prestige, jobs, adventure, and excitement.

These enticements are cunning, baffling and powerful, and no one can escape this definitional dragnet.

“So much time is wasted worrying about marriage, jobs and money. When people lose these things, they act like their worlds are destroyed. That’s no way for a human to live,” Paskel said.

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Spring feng shui sweep

Spring feng shui sweep
By Nancy B. Loughlin
Published in News Press on April 8, 2014.  Posted with permission.

No spring cleaning is complete without the feng shui sweep.

using sage at the front door     clearing tools

Feng shui creates energetic peace and harmony in the home, so no matter what room you’re in, you can get that “sigh,” according to Nan Grover, Cape Coral feng shui consultant.

Grover has been studying feng shui for over 13 years. She explained that everyone has an intuitive feng shui sense.

Space resonates. When you walk into a room, your gut tells you if the energy is clean.

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Roll the ball for myofascial release

Roll the ball for relief
By Nancy B. Loughlin
Published in News Press on April 1, 2014.  Posted with permission.

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If the issues are in the tissues, my gig is my left shoulder.

That shoulder has been puffed and elevated for my entire life, at least since my high school prom picture where it gleefully waves from my off-the-shoulder dress.

This inflammation makes looking over my left shoulder challenging, and I can feel its tense dismay reaching diagonally down my back and yanking on my right hip while it pulls my right shoulder blade closer to my spine.

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