One of this week’s highlights was definitely the massage I had with an awesome local body worker. If you’ve been following my 40 days of heart opening yoga series, you would know that I’ve been having some pretty intense issues with my neck and shoulders. I had to wait 10 days to get in and see him, but it was so worth it. Not only was his knowledge of anatomy and physiology excellent:
Me: I’m having trouble with my right shoulder – I can’t pick anything up.
Justin: Okay, well that’s usually sub-scapularis or infraspinatus…let’s find out.
(Little known fact about me: I love anatomy and physiology. I topped my year in HSC biology and and have studied it for both massage and nutrition. Talk bodies to me baby, I love it 🙂 )
…he also knew which meridians each muscle lay on, the emotional and chakra issues associated with each one – and he had just finished a 600 hour emotional release course. The timing could not have been more perfect for me. Our conversation sounded like this:
“If only we would stick to the facts!” I mumble, my head stuffed into the hole at the head of massage table.
“Facts? How do we know what the facts are?” he asked.
“What is happening to us, right now. That’s all we know. All the rest is made up.”
Which brings me nicely to the best read for this week:
Best (short) Read
In this article, Jennifer Pastiloff writes:
We need to stop thinking about what we think others may think and just do/write/be/go/not go. Whatever it is, don’t let what you think you know about what others think stop you. That’s what I woke up thinking about this gorgeous morning.
Besides, someone once said to me, “It’s worse than you think. They’re not thinking about you at all.”
Do, or don’t do it anyway. Know what you know. And what you don’t know, what we all don’t know, is as big as the sky. It’s a world of We-Just-Don’t-Know out there. What others will think is the most overused, tired, put it to bed already, who gives a flying rat’s ass, enough already reason for making choices, whether they are conscious ones or not.
And before I have my first of many cups of coffee, remember the words of Eleanor Roosevelt, “You wouldn’t worry so much about what others thought of you when you realize how seldom they actually do.”
Ha! You know? 🙂
This little 6 minute clip is part of a talk by Dan Savage, and is titled The Price of Admission. He starts off with a question from a member of the audience:
I can’t stay interested in a guy for more than two months. What is wrong with me? I find a flaw and just can’t get over it – for example, if a guy chews with his mouth open, I could never see him again.
After he suggests that the questioner gets a fully programmable sex robot if they’re going to be that damn picky, he explains his idea about the price of admission, which is basically the price you have to pay to be in a long term, loving, stable relationship. The thing is, there are the deal breakers, which we have to decide on (and you shouldn’t have more than 5) – and then there are the imperfections that are part of the deal. I guess in the same way that we acknowledge our own imperfections and accept them as well. This is a funny, wise piece, and is totally worth the 6 minutes of your day.
Now, I woke up with this song in my head, at stupid o’clock. Clowns to the left of me and jokers to the right…here I am, stuck in the middle with you. This was probably because I was literally stuck in bed between the Bear on one side and Alani on the other, and I had no choice but to lie there on my back, ramrod straight. Finally, I thought fuck it and got up, quite a snazzy manouevre in itself, without waking them. I do love this song though, and it reminds me of my dad (Happy Father’s Day for Sunday Dad!)
A friend (thanks Anissa!) gave me a big bag of fresh turmeric root from her garden a couple of weeks ago. I thought to myself, what on earth am I going to do with all this turmeric? As it turns out – everything! It’s gone into my chai, along with the freshly sliced ginger, it’s gone into chicken soup, and it’s gone into these yummy savoury pancakes from The Witches Kitchen. People, do you know how good turmeric is for you? It has potent anti-inflammatory and antioxidant powers, which has seen wonderful benefits for dementia and alzheimers, heart disease and inflammatory conditions of the gut. Turmeric also boosts the immune system, stimulates the gall bladder resulting in better fat digestion, and reduces blood sugar levels. Awesome huh? Hey, here’s my recipe for yellow chicken soup, adapted from a friend’s recipe:
Yellow Chicken Soup
1 onion, diced
2 sticks of celery, chopped finely
2 small carrots, chopped finely
2-3 cloves of garlic, minced
1 tbl of fresh turmeric, grated (or 2 tsp dried turmeric)
1 tbl each of fresh or dried oregano and basil
1 litre of chicken stock
2 cups of water
1 cup of diced left over chicken
1 cup of mixed vegetables
1 portion of dried noodles (optional)
salt and pepper to taste
Saute onion, celery and carrot for five minutes. Add garlic, turmeric and herbs; sizzle for one minute, and then add stock. When stock is simmering, add chicken and vegetables and as much water as you need to create the consistency you like. Simmer fro 15 minutes, add noodles for the last five if using and serve
I have been known to write poetry – I’ve even won a prize, goddammit – I love spoken word performances…but I mostly don’t like reading poetry. There are exceptions to this – Maya Angelou being one of them, and Mary Oliver being another:
One day you finally knew
what you had to do, and began,
though the voices around you
their bad advice–
though the whole house
began to tremble
and you felt the old tug
at your ankles.
“Mend my life!”
each voice cried.
But you didn’t stop.
You knew what you had to do,
though the wind pried
with its stiff fingers
at the very foundations,
though their melancholy
It was already late
enough, and a wild night,
and the road full of fallen
branches and stones.
But little by little,
as you left their voices behind,
the stars began to burn
through the sheets of clouds,
and there was a new voice
which you slowly
recognized as your own,
that kept you company
as you strode deeper and deeper
into the world,
determined to do
the only thing you could do–
determined to save
the only life you could save.
Which does kinda bring me to my favourite image of the week:
Have a beautiful weekend everyone!