“Aging with Joy & Grace”

As soon as we are born, we are all aging but how do we age with “joy” and even “grace” ? Can we site some examples ? How does YOGA come into play ? Here we are gathering around to hear a well  articulated presentation by Will Meecham MD.  Will is a yogi and a doctor, a yoga teacher trained at Niroga who was our anatomy and physiology teacher for our year one curriculum.  Google him to find his MindfulBiology.org,  a beautiful blog site he created worth checking out for anyone interested in a different perspective as we relate to our body and …life.

I recommend reading up his articles under the system, HEART & CIRCULATION, this month being a heart health month.  He is insightful coming from a perspective of someone who did the typical and grueling med-school and practicing doctor stint and now sharing his wisdom.Aging with Joy & Grace was the title to last weekend’s yoga therapist training. Among some 50? attendees finding mat space on the labyrinth at Oakland Peace Center. Making up this module missed last year while in Japan for my mothers birthday. Reminded how my mother would make a great guest to teach this particular module as she would make a role model for many of us. There’s gratitude always felt because it’s only because of her support system of kind social services provided to seniors in Japan. Gratitude to tradition and culture where seniors are respected for their wisdom and the frail cared for as there’s a clear acceptance that we are all aging as long as we are living. There’s no exclusion and denial of this natural stages of our lifeline. It’s okay to accept it and go with the flow while doing everything you can to tend to the temple of body, mind & spirit.

Sad to not be there this year but need this for my yoga therapist certification … long and fruitful journey I know she supports. My feelings of guilt vanished as I listened to a voice message she left on the phone unanswered (looks like she called 2 am US time, hahaha)  “you don’t have to get me any gifts as the best gift for me is to know you are happy and healthy. Be sure to take care of yourself.”

Happy Birthday Mama!

Response to the dumbest idea ever …

So now a sacred place of education- a place of learning, pursuit of knowledge and flowering of imagination is potentially turned into a war zone ? So now job description for teachers include operating semi automatic weapons fit for battlefield ? So then do teachers go to target practice in addition to curriculum planning and … um teach??!

What happened to teaching non violence and creating a more peaceful, just and civil world? And Does he know or even care that some schools don’t have the textbooks and supplies due to budget cuts etc. Is PTA to have fundraisers for this additional cost !!!?So so out of touch but apparently very in touch with you know. International community’s comment I read so far is – that of shock as it seems NRA is even more powerful than the leader of the free world.

ALSO – Would any of his children or grandchildren attend a school where teachers are armed? Of foremost importance – Would his idea to deter 20% of teachers deter violence? I don’t think so.  I think it will escalate it – as he refers to lunatics – okay, lunatics sometimes don’t care as they are feeling so miserable themselves, they want company – aren’t the suspect under 24 hrs. surveillance for possible suicidal act; and that’s just it.  Those who do something so evil don’t care about their own self-preservation.  In fact, they may glorify going down with a gunshot.  Hasn’t he heard of suicide bombers ?  Those feeling desperate is not deterred by guns held by teachers.  In fact, he may know which teacher has the gun and which teacher does not.

Has he thought about the resources needed to administer this great idea of his? Obviously having gone to private prep school all his life, he clearly does not get it – out of touch with the realities of regular folks.  Schools are not commercial airliner; teachers are not pilots. Where’s that deep critical thinking ?  Didn’t he brag how he is educated at an Ivy League school ?

Mental illness did not kill innocent lives at these incidents; guns did.  Guns in the hands of wrong people.  This country does not have any more mental illnesses than rest of the world per capita.  BUT for a so called “civilized” society, gun violence far exceeds. Why? Because rights of the paranoid minority with distrust of the taxpayers funded peace officers are somehow considered more important than the right to life  for our teens and children.  Our teens and children are our future – our promise for a better tomorrow.  How is it that the rights of the paranoid few overtake rights of non-armed innocent people with a whole life ahead of them?

As you can see I’m a little angry.  Quite angry and … sad.  Which is why I probably need to spend more time on the mat:)  I probably have to harness this anger and channel into action for good deeds to support this movement.

This is from few years ago and there’s an “angrier” version but I like the head banging on this as I may have to incorporate this technique in my home practice  – humor always help at times of fear … fear for the children; fear for the teachers, fear for lunatics on the streets and lunatics selling out for profit – fear for the sanity of the current leadership … as I contemplate trauma-sensitive yoga class safe for everyone attending.