Debutante’s walking meditation

My mom, who grew up in the working class outskirts of Pittsburgh, wanted to rear me with ‘proper manners.’ Some kids called our small town Hicksville.  Our state, Pennsyltucky. Nevertheless, thanks to my mom, I learned: -how to curtsy (still waiting for the Queen to invite me to tea to make use of this), -how…

Eye roll- the good kind!

I read a study on marital compatibility — apparently spouses who frequently roll their eyes about something their husband or wife has said or done are likelier to divorce. Yikes! After reading the article, I became hyper-aware of rolling my eyes — in impatience, exasperation, basically in some sort of silent low-level protest. Mindfulness, also…

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Everything, Ever, All At Once

Movement might be the right path into meditation for you. Yoga is the practice of quieting the mind, said Patañjali (who compiled the yoga sutras thousands of years ago). Yoga to the People is a $5 totally excellent hot yoga studio, don’t knock it til you’ve tried it as it’s a very cheap thrill. And…

Armpit (aka Axilla)

I (heart) body odor

7:55 am commuting to work during rush hour. Jump onto the A train. There’s a coveted corner seat – yay! I nestle my foot through one strap of my backpack (for security) and put it on the floor behind my legs so that I can meditate. I close my eyes. I inhale. I exhale. As…