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  • What nourishes you?

    Fri, October 25, 2013 by Jen Mulson with no comments


    1. to sustain with food or nutriment; supply with what is necessary for life, health, and growth.

    2. to cherish, foster, keep alive, etc.: He had long nourished the dream of living abroad.

    3. to strengthen, build up, or promote: to nourish discontent among the workers; to nourish the arts in one’s community.
    pot of teaNourish is one of my favorite words.
    As I walked into work this morning, feeling a little tired and a little low, I thought about how I could nourish myself a little. Maybe bring some sparkle back.
    I started making a list in my head of the ways I know to nourish myself. There probably aren’t any big shocks here, but it’s good to remember you are always in charge of developing good self-care.
    Here are mine. Please feel free to add to the list:
    Take a yoga class. Not just any yoga class, but one with a teacher I already know I love and resonate with. You know the ones. You get a hit of nurturing when you’re in their presence, maybe even a pearl of wisdom or two.
    Go out for a pot of tea or a bowl of soup. Make it something that’s filling and warm. Take a book you’ve already read and love. Maybe something non-fiction and uplifting. I just took one by Sarah Ban Breathnach off the shelf again this morning.
    Go for a long walk. Even if it’s cold outside. Bundle up and get the blood flowing. You’ll warm up. Combining this with No. 2 can be nice.
    Find a trusted friend or family member and tell them all the ways you feel tender. I bet they might say all the right words, or at least make all the right noises, like, “Aww…” It’s funny how that small gesture can go such a long way.
    Take yourself on a date — to a play, a movie, an art show. I took myself to a total chick flick at Kimball’s the other night. I got a glass of wine and said pretty things to myself, like, “You look beautiful tonight!” “You’re just so darn smart and interesting and wow, can you write!”
    Sit under the stars, on a forest floor or by a stream. You don’t have to do anything else, just sit and soak in the natural world.
    Hug a pug. Or any pet, really. When I went through a lot of change late last year and early this year, I wanted nothing more than to go home at night, smush my face into my dog’s neck and breathe him in. Now that is nourishment, for both of us.
    I’m curious. How do you nourish yourself? Are you a green juice junkie? A massage connoisseur? A lover and buyer of shiny things? Email me: jen.mulson@gazette.com
  • Walking in circles

    Thu, October 24, 2013 by Jen Mulson with no comments

    labyrinthLabyrinths always catch my eye, even if I can never remember how to spell the word.

    It started with the rose-colored cobblestone maze downtown at First Christian Church, 16 E. Platte Ave. I walked it for the first time a couple of years ago, and then immediately went to Facebook to ask people for advice on the twinge of motion sickness I got from walking in circles.

    Fortunately, that feeling has passed, and I can now walk and reap the full meditative benefits from the ritual. I walk slowly and deliberately, following the path inward to the center, and then following the same path back out.

    My mind quiets a bit and I feel calmer afterward.

    At one point, I got a little overzealous, and imagined myself making the walk my daily spiritual practice. And then I thought, “Not only will I do it every day,  I’ll do it before the sun rises! That’ll be even better!”

    Uh, better? In what sense, exactly? And who’s deciding? Reality set in. Mornings are cold. I’m a big baby in the cold. But listening to the talk inside my head sure is funny. Which is precisely why some sort of meditation practice helps, be it seated in your warm living room or walking a chilly outdoor labyrinth. It helps you see your thoughts for what they are – simply thoughts. They come, they go.

    I’d love to hear if you regularly walk a labyrinth, or if you’ve seen a really noteworthy one. Drop me a line, and I may use your thoughts in an upcoming column: jen.mulson@gazette.com.

  • Mayan shaman Miguel Angel will visit

    Mon, October 14, 2013 by Jen Mulson with no comments

    Miguel Angel

    Miguel Angel

    There’s some cool stuff going on at Manitou Bindu next week. A handful of events are happening in collaboration with the citywide exhibit, “Gods and Monsters.”

    Miguel Angel, a Mayan shaman, will be in town for part of it. I had the opportunity to spend some time with him last year, and found his messages to be authentic and uplifting. He’s all about sharing the gifts you have because the world needs them more than ever.

    He’ll lead a workshop called “Path Of The Maya Priestess” from 12:15-2:15 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 22, Manitou Bindu in the Business of Art Center, 513 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs, $15.

    There will also be a special cog railway train up to the top of Pikes Peak, where he’ll lead a Mayan ceremony. On the way up, there’ll be music by Bob Tudor and Randy Bowen and yoga by Kat Tudor. It’s 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 23. Meet at the cog railway in Manitou Springs., $20; smokebrush.org.

    If you go to either, let me know how it went: jen.mulson@gazette.com. And if you know of anything else yoga or health-related, let me know that, too!


  • Free yoga for furloughed federal government workers

    Tue, October 8, 2013 by Jen Mulson with no comments

    First it was Poor Richard’s Restaurant donating free meals to furloughed government workers, now it’s cambio.  Yoga.

    cambio yoga From their press release:

    “Cambio Yoga is offering free yoga classes to those employees and contractors not receiving paychecks during the Federal Government Furlough.  During this time of uncertainty, it is important that these individuals have an opportunity to be active and manage stress. Yoga is an ideal way of maintaining physical and emotional health during the furlough.

    Impacted individuals need only show their federal or contractor identification card to access any of the more than 60 yoga classes on the schedule each week.”

    The studio is at 3326 Austin Bluffs Parkway; 291-1798 or 321-8547, cambioyoga.com.

  • Get huggy with it

    Fri, October 4, 2013 by Jen Mulson with no comments

    The power of touch is not to be denied.

    Earlier this week, I had a wonderful conversation over a plate of Indian food with a local massage therapist – Diana Adair.  She also does craniosacral therapy, reiki and lymphatic drainage.

    She gave a lecture in January to yoga teachers on touch and yoga adjustments and assists at CorePower Yoga, the studio where I teach. Clearly, I was enamored with her and what she taught us. I’ve been wanting to do a column on the power of touch ever since.

    touchThere’s so much information out there on how touch heals. Too much to  put in a column. But ever since I talked to her,  I’ve felt an even greater urge to reach out and hug people.

    And I now have a new intention behind my hugs, thanks to Adair. I often find myself going to the left when I go in for a hug. Do you? That means the right side of my torso is pressed against my huggee’s right side. In essence, we’re pressing our livers together, Adair said.

    In traditional Chinese medicine, the liver is said to store anger. We don’t want that now, do we?! Instead, she suggested going the other  direction, so that when we hug, our hearts press together.

    That’s so interesting. I wondered why we like to hug the other way, and we decided it was to perhaps subconsciously protect our hearts.

    What do you think about touch? Have you experienced its healing powers? Maybe through a massage or cuddling a pet? Think about volunteering somewhere where people might be craving some form of touch, like a hospice, hospital or assisted living home. Simply holding somebody’s hand for a few minutes or touching their forearm can be a boon to their health.