Healthy breathing healthy living the summer 2018

Wow, this summer really flew by. I’ll remember the Summer 2018 as a time of rejuvenation. I needed, and very much wanted, to restore and improve my physical and spiritual health. I knew I needed to put myself on the right trajectory for the next decade or more of my life, and as we all know, health is everything. In short, it was wonderful. I totally immersed myself in relaxation — consciously living in a state of low tension, low anxiety, low self-induced stress, and on and on. And doing so every waking moment and every sleeping moment. Relaxation permeated every aspect of my life, my activities and my relationships. And everything blossomed! I knew everything would improve, but what took me by surprise was the level of improvement. It was truly transformational.  Without exaggeration, I feel that I am a different person than I once was, both physically and mentally. I look at my old self as a stranger. I Improved my health, my relationships with others, and my sense of self. So how did I do it? My [...]

By |2018-10-25T16:08:48-05:00October 19th, 2018|Life experience|0 Comments

How did I spend my 2017-2018 winter in Vermont?

This was my second winter in Vermont, the Green Mountain State, and it was even more awesome than my first! To be sure, this was a long cold winter that lasted a good five months. Nevertheless, I bundled up and enjoyed every minute of it. Throughout the winter, I strapped on my snowshoes and explored the many backcountry trails at Bolton Valley. In Stowe, I snowshoed up the Scenic Notch Road and, feeling a bit adventurous, explored some of Vermont's famous Long Trail. I downhill skied at Stowe, and fell in love with the Sterling trail off of the Sensation Lift on the Spruce Peak side of the Stowe resort. As strange as this sounds, my biggest recent accomplishment was re-learning how to properly breathe through the Buteyko Breathing Normalization method. Mouth breathing causes a host of problems and, without going into the underlying medical reasons, exacerbates the symptoms of asthma. With this method, I trained myself to  breathe only through my nose even when engaging in cardiovascular activities. If the activity was too strenuous to maintain nasal breathing, I slowed [...]

By |2018-05-06T09:59:13-05:00May 6th, 2018|Life experience|0 Comments

My Dad’s Journey

Samsara. Literally translated as “continuous movement,” it is the Buddhist perspective of our cycle of life on earth as we follow the path of Birth, Sickness, Old Age, and Death. As we age, we inevitably bear witness to those in the later stages of life, including our own parents. I am having the honor of spending time with my Dad during the period that we expect to be the last weeks of his life. It’s a time of thought and reflection for everyone. We are blessed by having my good friend Maria Montenegro, a Buddhist Nun and End-of-Life Coach, sharing her incredible loving kindness, and spiritually guiding us through this journey. I wanted to share her wonderful guide, Holding Space for the Dying, where she provides some answers the difficult, and for some of us, awkward, question of what we can and should do to support our loved ones who are approaching death. Maria has lovingly helped my father express, understand, and reduce the fear and unresolved issues about the process of dying that he is now experiencing. It’s [...]

By |2017-10-02T16:59:05-05:00September 30th, 2017|Life experience|0 Comments