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  • Practice Leads to Progress

    There have been many days when I believe that I simply do not have the time to practice Yi Ren Qigong. I get up and my head is racing about what I need to accomplish with my day. Many times, like today, I have felt that if I do even 10 minutes worth of Qigong, then I will be neglecting my responsibilities and/or favorite pastimes such as going to work, cleaning, working out, reading, cooking, playing guitar, the list goes on.

    This weekend, this very common dilemma was mentioned. The group came to the consensus that Yi Ren Qigong can enrich your daily experiences and make them more productive. For instance, we talked about sleep quality. From my experience, if I practice Yi Ren Qigong and mediation before going to bed, my sleep is much deeper and I wake up feeling more refreshed. I can get six hours of sleep after practicing Yi Ren Qigong and feel more awake the next day than if I got 9 hours of sleep without practicing Yi Ren Qigong.

    This summer, I have been doing landscaping for a friend’s business. If I wake up 20 minutes to an hour earlier than usual, and practice Yi Ren Qigong exercises such as the Energy Grounding Exercise, Small Universe Cultivating Exercise and the Internal Energy Centers Exercise, I find that I am much more grounded and have more energy to perform the often labor-intensive tasks of landscaping. In fact, there are times I am out in the field, working on someone’s yard that I can feel the chi support my movements and my joints feel less strained, my muscles very energized.

    One last thing, the seminar also drew to my attention how important it is to exercise the sacrum. The sacrum is the house of one’s will and according to Yi Ren Instructor Brendan Thorson, it affects ones vitality and ability of the body to remain youthful. Once the Sacrum becomes rigid and/or stiff, people tend to age rapidly. The Marrow Gate, which is located on the Sacrum, energized the parasympathetic nervous system, improves immunity, strengthens the reproductive system and enhances vitality.

    OK then, this is your Peaceful Warrior signing off. I hope you all have a wonderful week and remember, try to practice daily and do not fret if you do not develop this habit immediately. I have found that the benefits of practicing every-so-often during the week very naturally lead the practitioner to want to practice daily, as it can lead to a higher quality of life production and experience.

  • Growing Qi Energy

    Saturday, September 7, 2013

    My teacher, Brendan Thorson, of The Noble School of Tai Chi & Qigong Training in Seattle talked about how learning Yi Ren Qigong is about energy that grows and expands like walking up a spiraling staircase as one repeats levels. By this I mean that a student of Yi Ren Qigong gets something different from each level. And, because of that fact, students take the levels repeatedly.  The teachings from Level 1, 2 or 3 are not something that become obsolete after you complete them. In fact, your Qi energy continues to compound and grow with every level, seminar or course of Yi Ren Qigong. So, even the seasoned students can always gain Qi and learning from the repetition of any level or seminar.

    My Qi energies have grown over that past few weeks and I notice the Qi in my right hand is much more developed now. It’s easier to activate and gets stronger more quickly. I also have had less pain lately and have been much more calm–less agitated or stressed. All good things! Tomorrow I have a whole day of Yi Ren Qigong. This week I have 2 evening sessions. Then, next weekend I will do the first level seminar again–my second time. All I hope for is that the weather cools down some! Feeling so blessed!

  • Be a Peaceful Warrior and Don’t Let Your Emotions Cloud Your Rational Thinking.

    09/12/2013

    The Tao Te Ching, Chapter 21

    The greatest virtue is to follow Tao,

    And only Tao.

    You might say “But Tao is illusive!

    Evasive! Mysterious! Dark!

    How can one follow that?”

     

    By Following this:

    Out of silent subtle mystery emerge images.

    These images coalesce into forms.

    Within each form is contained the seed

    And essence of life.

    Thus do all things emerge and expand out

    of darkness and emptiness.

     

    The Taoists believe that there are eight energy bodies. These include, in order of succession: The Physical Body, The Chi Body, The Emotional Body, The Mental Body, The Psychic Energy Body, The Causal Body, The Body of Individuality and The Body of the Tao.

    According to American Qigong Master Bruce Frantzis’s book Relaxing Into Your Being. 1.“The refinement of the fourth or mental body enhances the mind’s ability to discriminate between what the Taoists call “the real and the false.”

    Frantzis goes on to write that if your emotional body is not fully developed, that the mental body will be negatively affected and it could override even the most basic functions of the mental body. In other words, bad emotions can cloud your thinking.

    In his book Qigong: Energizing the Zang Fu—Yi Ren Qigong Therapy Manual II, Dr. Guan Cheng-Sun stated with regards to practicing the Zang Fu, which relates to Qigong exercises that develop the 12 organ meridian such as the kindey/urinary tract exercise and the liver/gall bladder exercise: 2.“Sometimes practitioners might experience this process of self-discovery as joyful and exciting, at other times as emotionally challenging and painful, during the process of cultivating the different organs/meridians.” Sun goes on to write: ”In many cases, it may take a lot of courage, emotional strength, intelligence, knowledge and time to overcome the difficulties and challenges. However, this can be a great opportunity for self-healing…”

    I was struck by the fact that practicing the Zang-Fu system of Yi Ren Qigong could be so emotionally trying. I have experienced this phenomenon myself over the past year, and when I came upon the aforementioned passages, I felt reassured that the emotional pain I have experienced is normal and actually a good thing. It is sort of analogous to the body ridding itself of food-waste: Your body needs to embrace and absorb good energy and get rid of bad energy. If bad energy remains in one’s system it can cause emotional blockages, which can hamper a person’s ability to think with a clear mind, and optimize one’s mental capacities.

    What works for me and what Dr. Sun has suggested is to remain detached from the bad emotions that arise from Qigong practice. Instead of concentrating or obsessing about these bad emotions, use the information they provide to create more healthy patterns of living. For instance, I used to obsess over mistakes I made when I was younger in high school and college. Some of these emotions can get attached to certain organs. Due to bad experiences when I was younger, I have a fear of intimacy which relates to the heart/small intestine Zang-Fu meridian. Bad emotions associated with the heart are jealousy and envy. The Taoists believe that if you fall prey to these emotions, you will leak energy, which harms your well-being. However, a way to counteract bad emotions is with good virtues. In my case, when I feel hurt by another person, I try to think of the virtues of high self love, self-respect and kindness. This actually brings more energy into the body and is a good way to counteract bad, detrimental emotions.

    Yi Ren Instructor, Brendan Thorson, founder of The Noble School of Tai Chi and Qigong Training, once told me that I was a warrior for continuing my Qigong practice and spiritual work. At the time, it was pretty early in my practice, and I did not think much of his words. But recently, I now understand what he means. However, whereas as recently as three months ago, I would try to fight off these emotions or push them back into my sub-conscious, now I just let them rise to the surface and work them out by repeating virtues such a Courage, Confidence, Strength and Faith, which is my personal, favorite mantra.

    This week I made a pact with myself not to let my emotions override my system and sabotage my short-term or long-term goals. This has helped me keep a clear mind, which helps develop my mental body. We all know smart and able people that do not live productive, happy lives. Let us learn from them that bad emotions can be debilitating and profoundly, negatively affect our mental abilities and therefore our abilities to reach our full potentials.

    1. Relaxing Into Your Being: Breathing, Chi, and Dissolving the Ego, B.K. Frantzis, 1998, North Atlantic Books, Berkeley California in Association with Energy Arts Inc. Publications.
    2. Qigong: Energizing the Zang-Fu—Yi Ren Qigong Therapy Manual Volume II. Guan-Cheng Sun, Ph.D., Jill Gonet, M.F.A. 2010. Self-Published. Seattle, Washington.
  • Confucius stated: “Instead of indulging in empty talk”

    9/10/2010

    As I mentioned in my previous entry, Confucius stated: “Instead of indulging in empty talk, I consider it more meaningful and enlightening to express myself in definite actions.”

    In a recent class a student who works in counseling mentioned that she has had patients grapple with an issue for years—going to psychotherapy to help resolve the issue. However, she has noticed that although psychotherapy can be helpful to the patient, it is often the the case that practicing meditation and/or Qigong can help the patient accelerate dramatically the healing process.

    This week I have experienced the same phenomenon. I once had a doctor tell me that I ruminate about things that I do not need to. Translation: I can be a complete worry wart. But what I have found is that when I start to slip into what I have called the “Twilight Zone”—which all of us slip into now and again—I try to practice Yi Ren Qigong as soon as possible, especially the Level II Stomach/Pancreas Exercise. The stomach organ is associated with thoughts, decision making, imaginations, delusions, logic and reasoning. I also have been practicing the Level I Brain Gate Exercise and mediation to quiet my mind and reach a state of Xuan. The state of Xuan to me is when your mind is completely empty of noise, a state of Wu, and then you integrate the intellectual and intuitive mind (the Frontal Lobe and Parietal Lobe of the brain), the state of You. Then you can observe the thoughts and visions that come into your mind. I emphasize “observe” so that the practitioner does not interrupt the flow of what could be important/vital information coming from her or his unconscious mind. From my experience, this is not always a pleasant experience, but then again, either is working out at the gym in order to get into good physical shape. I have had very fun times participating in physical exercise and I have had very painful times. The same rings true with Yi Ren Qigong.

    Getting back to Xuan: this state of mind, Xuan, has been described as being between 0 and 1 in the mind—an almost waking dream state. The information I receive in this state has been more valuable to me than any sort of pep talk I have ever gotten, and I have been on the receiving end of some pretty epic pep talks.

    So all in all taking action, by practicing Yi Ren Qigong, rather than letting a broken record of repeating thoughts ruin my day, is a new and rewarding practice for me. Although it might seem like you are taking valuable time out of your day to practice Qigong as soon as you start slipping into worry and delusional thoughts, from my recent experience, after practicing Yi Ren Qigong and then concentrating on my goals and tasks for the day, my day is far more productive.

  • Fit Mob Intro Tai Chi & Qigong at Myrtle Edwards State Park

    FREE–Fit Mob Intro Tai Chi & Qigong AT MYRTLE EDWARDS STATE PARK

    WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:

    Location: Seattle, WA
    Start Area: Myrtle Edwards Park
    Activity: Tai Chi
    Date: Saturday, September 14, 2013
    Start Time: 8:30 a.m. registration, 9 a.m. workout
    Register for the event by joining our Facebook event and sharing with your friends!

  • Autum 2013 Class and Seminar Schedule

    1. Intro Class–Self-Healing & Self-Care for Health Care Providers
    (All are welcome Health Care Practitioner or not)

    Link to explanation of self care for health care practitioners

    Wednesday 9/4, 7- 8:30pm, $5
    5623 University Way Ne
    Seattle, WA 98105
    A. $5

    2. Intro Class–Overcoming Fears, Stress & Balancing Emotions

    Link to Transcending Fears and Stress with Yi Ren Qigong article

    Link to Transforming Negative Attitudes and Emotions article

    Friday 9/6, 7:30-9pm, $5
    5623 University Way Ne
    Seattle, WA 98105
    A. $5

    3. Introductory Qigong & Taichi Seminar

    Qigong Practice and Q&A Discussion. Health, Self-Enlightenment & Spirituality

    Sunday 9/8, $20 for each section or $30 for both sections
    Part A. 10:30am- 12:30pm
    Part B. 2- 4pm
    5623 University Way Ne
    Seattle, WA 98105
    A. Part A. $20

    B. Part B. $20

    C. Part A & B. $30

    4. Intro Class–Heart & Kidney Qigong @East West Bookshop

    Tuesday 9/10, 7- 8:30pm, $10
    6500 Roosevelt Way NE
    Seattle, WA 98115
    Link to EW Bookshop to sign up now

    5. Intro Class–Elixir Field & Kidney Qigong

    Intro class & Preparation for 9/14 weekend Level 1 Seminar

    Friday 9/13, 7:30-9pm, $5
    5623 University Way Ne
    Seattle, WA 98105
    A. $5

    Weekend Seminar

    Level One: Internal Qi Activation & Development
    (The beginning point of entry for all new Yi Ren Students): Yi Ren® Qigong

    -Saturday 9/14, 11:30am – 6:30pm
    -Sunday 9/15, 10am – 5:30pm
    5623 University Way Ne
    Seattle, WA 98105. 2/6hr. classes, with a one hour lunch each day

    A. $190 by 9/4

    B. $210 by 9/13

    C. $225 day of

    *$40 Discount for repeating Level One Students of TNSOT&QT , multiple family members, full time students & low income Senior Citizens. One discount per/ person. Pay regular price, send email with details and will receive refund via Pay Pal.

    Weekly classes

    Level One: Internal Qi Activation & Development
    (The beginning point of entry for all new Yi Ren Students):  Yi Ren® Qigong

    1.   Mondays 9/16- 10/21, 7-9pm
    5623 University Way NE
    Seattle, WA 98105. 6/2hr. classes

    A. $165 by 9/6

    B. $185 by 9/15

    C. $200 day of

    2.   Wednesdays 10/30- 12/11, 7-9pm (No Class Thanksgiving week)
    5623 University Way NE
    Seattle, WA 98105. 6/2hr. classes

    A. $165 by 10/20

    B. $185 by 10/29

    C. $200 day of

    *$30 Discount for multiple family members, full time students & low income Senior Citizens.  One discount per/ person.  Pay regular price, send email with details and will receive refund via Pay Pal.

    6. Intro Class–Elixir Field & Kidney Qigong @East West Bookshop

    Friday 9/27, 7- 8:30pm, $10
    6500 Roosevelt Way NE
    Seattle, WA 98115
    Link to EW Bookshop to sign up now

    Level Two: Activating & Developing the Internal Organ Energy Pathways
    (Completion of Level 1 required) Yi Ren® Qigong

    1. Thursdays 9/19- 10/24, 7- 9pm
    5623 University Way NE
    Seattle, WA 98105.  6/2hr. Classes

    A. $165 by 9/9

    B. $185 by 9/18

    C. $200 day of  

    2. Mondays 10/28- 12/9, 7- 9pm (No Class Thanksgiving week)
    5623 University Way NE
    Seattle, WA 98105.  6/2hr. Classes

    A. $165 by 10/18

    B. $185 by 10/27

    C. $200 day of  

    *$30 Discount for multiple family members, full time students & low income Senior Citizens.  One discount per/ person.  Pay regular price, send email with details and will receive refund via Pay Pal.

    Moving With Qi: Qigong w/ Taichi Style Movements
    For Internal & External Strength & a Peaceful Mind
    (Completion of Level 1 required) Yi Ren® Qigong

    1. Tuesdays 9/17- 10/22, 7:30- 9:30pm
    5623 University Way NE
    Seattle, WA 98105. 6/2hr. Classes

    A. $165 by 9/7

    B. $185 by 9/16

    C. $200 day of

    *$30 Discount for multiple family members, full time students & low income Senior Citizens. One discount per/ person. Pay regular price, send email with details and will receive refund via Pay Pal.

    Jing & Rou: Muscle & Tendon Qigong
    -Development of the Yang Energy Body: For Strength, Protection and Internal Peace
    (Completion of Level Two required) Yi Ren® Qigong

    1. Tuesdays 10/29- 12/10, 7:30- 9:30pm (No Class Thanksgiving week)
    5623 University Way NE
    Seattle, WA 98105. 6/2hr. classes

    A. $165 by 10/19

    B. $185 by 10/28

    C. $200 day of

    *$30 Discount for multiple family members, full time students & low income Senior Citizens. One discount per/ person. Pay regular price, send email with details and will receive refund via Pay Pal.

    Level Three: Activation of the Extraordinary Meridians
    Development of Brain, Endocrine & Nervous System & Energy Protection Network
    (Completion of Level 2 required) Yi Ren® Qigong

    1.  Wednesdays 9/18- 10/23, 7- 9pm
    5623 University Way NE
    Seattle, WA 98105.  6/2hr. Classes

    A. $165 by 9/8

    B. $185 by 9/17

    C. $200 day of  

    2. Thursdays 10/31- 12/12, 7- 9pm (No Class Thanksgiving week)
    5623 University Way NE
    Seattle, WA 98105.  6/2hr. Classes

    A. $165 by 10/21

    B. $185 by 10/30

    C. $200 day of  

    *$30 Discount for multiple family members, full time students & low income Senior Citizens.  One discount per/ person.  Pay regular price, send email with details and will receive refund via Pay Pal.

    Free introductory Yi Ren® Qigong Class & Lecture
    Friday 9/20, 7-8:30pm
    @1912 Center: 412 East Third Street
    Moscow, ID 83843

    Brendan Thorson will discuss how Yi Ren Qigong can transform one’s life and teach simple exercises to help one activate and feel their energy system for enhanced health and self enlightenment. Sample training to help you decide if you want to pursue this training and prepare for weekend Seminar. All are welcome.  Come experience the life changing benefits of this 5,000+ year old art.

    Level One: Internal Qi Activation & Development
    (The beginning point of entry for all new Yi Ren Students): Yi Ren® Qigong

    Saturday and Sunday 9/21 & 9/22, 10am – 5:15pm
    1912 Center: 412 East Third Street
    Moscow, ID 83843. 2/6hr. classes, with a one hour lunch each day

    A. $190 by 9/11

    B. $210 by 9/20

    C. $225 day of

    *$40 Discount for repeating Level One Students of TNSOT&QT , multiple family members, full time students & low income Senior Citizens. One discount per/ person. Pay regular price, send email with details and will receive refund via Pay Pal.

    Level-2A: Activating & Developing the Internal Organ energy Pathways
    (Completion of Level One Required)

    Saturday and Sunday 10/19 & 10/20, 10am – 5:15pm
    1912 Center: 412 East Third Street
    Moscow, ID 83843. 2/6hr. classes, with a one hour lunch each day

    A. $190 by 10/9

    B. $210 by 10/18

    C. $225 day of

    *$40 Discount for multiple family members, full time students & low income Senior Citizens. One discount per/ person. Pay regular price, send email with details and will receive refund via Pay Pal.

    Level-2B: Activating & Developing the Internal Organ energy Pathways
    (Completion of Level One Required)

    Saturday and Sunday 11/16 & 11/17, 10am – 5:15pm
    1912 Center: 412 East Third Street
    Moscow, ID 83843. 2/6hr. classes, with a one hour lunch each day

    A. $190 by 11/6

    B. $210 by 11/15

    C. $225 day of

    *$40 Discount for multiple family members, full time students & low income Senior Citizens. One discount per/ person. Pay regular price, send email with details and will receive refund via Pay Pal.

    Discounts and Work-Trades:

        • Discounts–Based on an individual basis–some required to do a partial work-trade
        • Work-Trade only–6-month minimum commitment required for a work-trade
        • Contact Brendan to see if you qualify

    Payment Questions?

        • Forms of acceptable payment: Pay Pal, Cash, or Check
        • Call or email with all payment questions: 206-354-8216 or TaichiQigongSeattle@gmail.com
        • Checks* Make Checks payable to Brendan Thorson and send to: 125 NE 62nd St. Seattle, WA 98115  *(If Sending a check in the mail: please Call or Email to let us know it is on the way)
        • To use PAY PAL for odd or adjusted payments… use PAY PAL and make payment to:  TaichiQigongSeattle@gmail.com

    Discount/Refund Policy

        • Cancellation request at least 5 days prior to the first scheduled class –*full refund ( *minus $25 processing fee).
        • Cancellation request 2-4 days prior to the first scheduled class – *full refund ( *minus $50 processing fee).
        • Cancellation request 1 day (24hrs.) prior to the first scheduled class – No refunds

    Missed Class Makeup Policy and Drop In Classes

        • 48hr notice and instructor permission required to qualify for makeup class/es Policy with a maximum of 2-makeup classes allowed per class series (*exceptions and flexibility are available on an individual basis for those whose schedule dictates– prior communication with Brendan is necessary to create a workable agreement).
        • If a new level 1 student wants to makeup the exact class they missed from their series then they have 60 days to makeup the exact missed class/es at no extra charge.  But, after 60 days the student has to pay a drop in rate for each class attended.
        • If a student wants to make up a missed class/es by taking the same or different class than the exact class missed then they have 30 days from the missed class date to take another class to makeup the missed class/es.  In this scenario the student can go to any other class in a class series or an introductory class, but the class they use for the makeup can not be at a level higher than what they have already completed.  Contact Brendan to reserve your makeup class/es
        • Review classes are not allowed as a makeup class.
        • Drop in classes are $35/2hr. class and can only be taken by students who have completed a class series of Yi Ren Qigong with permission from Brendan Thorson.  Contact Brendan to see about attending a Drop-in class
        • Introductory classes are $20/class

     

  • With Fall Comes…..

    Tuesday, September 3, 2013

    With Fall comes the cool fresh air, the grey days of Seattle, the rains and my tendency to hole up at home. I love to make art, read books, watch films and play music. All of these activities increase for me in fall, when I have time, of course. Now I think about how my life needs to change to include daily meditation and Yi Ren Qigong practice. Why? Because I want so much to have my life back! To have much less pain! To dance again! To take long walks! To say, “I can!” instead of “I can’t.”

    For anyone going through big health changes, there is much to consider. Balancing your life is very important. Yin and Yang. Fine tuning daily activities is huge. Getting enough rest, work and also exercise is my biggest challenge. Our society expects and encourages us from an early age to be “out of balance.” Even our sweet young children go to school, to before and after school programs, to camps, to lessons….then home to do homework and off to bed. It’s much like our own “rat race” mindset about working long hours, always improving, barely resting and on the go 24/7.  Even though I have cut back my hours for working due to pain levels, I still feel that level of urgency that causes my blood pressure to rise rapidly!

    And, I must say that it takes a good 20-30 minute session of Yi Ren Qigong for me to mellow out and feel any kind of groundedness most days. So, YES! I say. My goal now is a session in the morning and one at night before sleeping.

    Blessings!

  • Serene, Grounded, Relaxed? You Must Practice Self-Care!

    Monday, August 26, 2013

    This morning I was wise enough to begin the day with Yi Ren Qigong and it really made a difference in my energy levels and sense of groundedness. It helps me that it’s become cooler outside. We even got a little rain here in Seattle to darken the soil, freshen the air and bring that feeling of nourishment after the dry heat of August.

    I must say that I feel different today. I have less pain and I am wondering if it has something also to do with this amazing herbal medicine my housemate told me about that has a developed a fast reputation for being an excellent natural painkiller. It’s very expensive (of course) and I officially went in debt to try it today. It’s called Curamin and it’s made by “Terry Naturally.” It’s a new kind of mix and I am very hopeful. You can learn more at http://curamin.com

    In the coming weeks I will be attending a number of classes at The Noble School of Tai Chi & Qigong Training mostly  in the University District of Seattle. This will give me a great feeling of energy revitalization for my practice. I always feel so amazingly healthy and high after practicing with a group. One of the evening classes is about “self care.”  I believe that this will be an essential reminder to me that I must take full responsibility for my own self-care.

    It’s only been a few years now that I have practiced self-care mindfully. And, I have to admit that I still struggle. Before then, I was always pushing myself too hard by working full-time, being a single mother and doing physical work in my garden and yard. All of this, while dealing with increasing pain from degenerative scoliosis. It wasn’t until I had a nine month stretch of incapacitating sciatic nerve pain and later almost a year of trigeminal neuralgia that I was forced to slow down and take care of myself.

    Later, I  learned about what it really means to be a woman from First Nation women’s perspective, which gave me a more spiritual perspective of my meaning in life and my responsibilities to myself first of all–then to my family and community.

    Thank goodness for opportunities to learn! I feel this is a time of learning for me that is important and meaningful to the rest of my life. I want to to live fully, to be pure love, to practice self-care mindfully and to learn, learn, learn! xo

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    Title: Fifty Shades Darker
    Director : James Foley.
    Release : 2017-02-08
    Language : English
    Runtime : 115 min
    Genre: Drama, Romance.
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    Movie Fifty Shades Darker (2017) was released in February 8, 2017 in genre Drama. Fifty Shades Darker is movie directed by James Foley. and starring by Dakota Johnson. Movie Fifty Shades Darker (2017) tell story about When a wounded Christian Grey tries to entice a cautious Ana Steele back into his life, she demands a new arrangement before she will give him another chance. As the two begin to build trust and find stability, shadowy figures from Christian’s past start to circle the couple, determined to destroy their hopes for a future together.

  • Living With Scoliosis

    Saturday, August 17, 2013

    Lots of pain–oh my!


    I really hate how much pain I am in sometimes. I just can’t get around that fact. I know it will pass and I keep moving, working, creating, if I can. But, the quality of my work and life is questionable at best. I don’t think I did anything special to cause my pain to increase other than not stop and rest. I saw the warning signs–a slight to worse headache with little sleep for a couple of days and pure exhaustion. I kept telling myself, “I will be fine.” And, I am for the most part. But, even with bad pain, it’s all about perspective and response. If I am going to be miserable, I may as well take advantage of sitting around by doing all the work I can at home. But, I also know that I need some sleep and a good SOMA treatment to unwind this tight body of mine. Crossing my fingers that it will happen soon. It’s my only hope right now.

    I am calling this my day of rest. I graded many many papers, made two clay rattles and did a few other little chores at home. Now, I think I will take a little nap. I don’t think I have a choice actually. I keep falling asleep while writing this. 🙂 All the best!

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