Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Secret O' Life

"Secret O' Life" played on my Pandora station this morning. The words blew me away... simple, pure & deep. Sent me on an internet quest....

From Wikipedia:
"Secret O' Life" is a song written by James Taylor that first appeared on his 1977 album JT....has been covered by many other artists, including Art Garfunkel, Richie Havens, Nancy LaMott, Rosemary Clooney and Shirley Horn.

My favorite versions on U Tube:

James Taylor with lyrics

Nancy Lamott

Richie Havens

India Arie

Monday, June 22, 2015

Secrets: Questions & Thoughts

Keeping information hidden from others is the definition of a secret.

Why do we keep secrets?
  • Shame
  • Guilt
  • Embarrassment
  • Power
  • Protection
Why do we keep the secrets of others?
Love or Fear

Why do we tell secrets?
Revenge or Enlightenment

We keep secrets in the dark, hidden and covered up. 
Secrets clutter our lives. Keep us stuck.
Shedding a secret can take many forms:
  • Journaling
  • Creating a song, collage or story
  • Writing a letter (shared or not)
  • Counseling
  • Sharing with a friend
  • Sharing with many

Is the intent of shedding a secret to heal or hurt?

Shinning light on a secret allows us to see it in a new perspective.

Remembering there is more than one right way.

Inviting trust & patience in the process of releasing secrets.

Monday, June 8, 2015

Back Pain

National Public Radio aired an interesting story this morning on back pain.  You can listen to it at:

Five Tips For Better Poster And Less Back Pain accompany the story on the NPR website.  Four of these tips happen when you follow the yoga cues....
  • Lift your shoulder to your ears, roll them back and slide the shoulder blades down
  • Lift through the crown of the head
  • Tuck your chin slightly
  • Take a deep breath and sigh it out  
  • Do this 3 times
Take a minute to connect with your body and breath.
A simple step to support having a healthy back.