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The Best-Laid Plans…

11 December 2008

I told the Consort I didn’t think Santa should bring me anything this year. We aren’t big into gift-giving, and my Mother’s Day (which usually isn’t a big deal) came with a fancy schmancy Canon DSLR.

I do need new sneakers (mine are coming apart at the seams), so I decided that could be my gift. But then marcyincny mentioned Jon Kabat-Zinn’s meditation books, and I’ve been toying with the idea of asking for the set of XXXcensoredXXX that he offers (because the Consort really wants to be meditating, too).

Then walking the dog the other day, I almost slipped and thought, “Gee, I sure could use some XXXcensoredXXX so I don’t fall and hurt my shoulder like last year!” (Yeah, I’m ahead of the curve on worrying about falling and getting that death knell, the notorious broken hip.)

I’ve noticed that doing yoga on the Wii is definitely doing me some good, but I would like to do a longer, more varied routine. There’s a really cool yoga studio in our neighborhood, but the classes cost $10 each, even with a bulk discount. Can’t do it. I’m toying with the idea of XXXcensoredXXX, but I don’t know which one is good (any suggestions?), and even that thought is mutinous to my no-gift decision.

Then I noticed there’s a city XXXcensoredXXX class that looks useful (more than just “how to turn on your XXXcensoredXXX“) and only costs a fraction of the $450 that a college class would cost at the community college.

So now, my nonexistant list is getting longer. And now that I’ve blogged about it, this technically could count as writing it down.

Darn it.

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5 Comments leave one →
  1. 12 December 2008 9:45 am

    I’m convinced that if Big Pharma and the insurance companies didn’t control so much of our health care system meditation programs would be available to everyone as part of good preventative medicine; that’s the kind of change I could believe in. Meanwhile I wonder if you saw this: http://www.alternet.org/healthwellness/108204/meditation_may_protect_your_brain/

  2. Peaceable Imperatrix permalink*
    12 December 2008 12:06 pm

    In my fantasy world, when people are ill, they are examined by several people, including at least a chiropractor with the conventional MD or DO. Meditation would be a great addition to the care package, as would regular visits with a physical therapist (to make sure we aren’t making things worse with our posture), acupuncturists, etc. And yoga would be a great preventative.

    thanks for that link!

  3. 12 December 2008 1:25 pm

    I saw all those XXXs in your post and thought, “She wants porn for Christmas?”

  4. 12 December 2008 4:34 pm

    (You’re going to get some great XXX google hits now, I hope you know.)

    I took a meditation class and really enjoyed it. I don’t meditate anymore, but it really helped me through a terribly stressful time several years ago.

    And there are many proven benefits to meditation. Did you know that Ornish’s study on reversing heart disease includes a vegetarian diet and yoga and meditation–but when you leave out the meditation, it doesn’t have the same effect.

    If you can find an Integral Yoga class, take it (they also offer meditation). Their philosophy is to offer low cost classes. It’s also the best form of yoga. I went to a regular Hatha class and quit because she hurt me. Let me see…yep, still there: http://www.yogaville.org.

    And look! http://www.iyta.org/TeachersDirectory/TeachersDirectory.php

    That’s my Christmas present to you.

  5. Peaceable Imperatrix permalink*
    14 December 2008 7:47 am

    Kathy, that is a very useful link. Unfortunately, there are no teachers in Iowa 😦 I’ll have to see what I can cobble together!

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