Here’s the first line of a story. Finish the paragraph!
This is going to be tricky, thought Stella.
Here’s the first line of a story. Finish the paragraph!
This is going to be tricky, thought Stella.
With the state of the economy, the endless “he said, she said” of politics, and the everyday work/life/relationship struggles, sometimes it’s all too easy to feel sad or overwhelmed. And every morning, we wake up to those same challenges again.
We humans, at least those of us in fast-paced, “modern” cultures, have gotten away from some of the natural rhythms of life. With our noses in our computers, tablets, and cell phones, we barely look up enough to see the seasons and the cycles of Mother Nature. Our ancestors seemed to understand more fully that “to everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose.” By honoring Spring, Summer, Fall, and Winter, they lived the Wheel or Circle of Life and understood that “this too shall pass.”
So how does understanding the Wheel help us to cope? First, it always helps me relax a bit more when I remember that life IS a wheel, and so it will always keep turning, no matter how slowly, and indeed, each event will come to pass. And second, it reminds me that I should live in each season and embrace what it has to offer, even if it doesn’t match up with what I want at that particular moment. In other words, it’s baking and enjoying homemade pumpkin muffins at Thanksgiving, instead of being mad that I can’t have fresh strawberries.
The Mayan Calendar has been in the news lately because of some misinterpretations of it as a Doomsday Prophecy. Perhaps part of the problem came from the fact that the Mayan term “World,” which is more properly translated as “phase,” was taken literally. So when the circular Mayan Calendar said “end of World,” well, you can imagine the panic that ensued among the misinformed.
This December 12th is that “end of World” moment in the calendar. But guess what? It keeps going then! One phase will end and a new one will begin. Hopefully, we’ve learned something from the last go-round, and we can apply our new wisdom to the next turning of the Wheel so that it rolls a little smoother. If not, I suggest dipping that pumpkin muffin in chocolate and cracking open a pint of ice cream . . . .
Since I advocate fitness and write about Sporty Stuff here, I thought I should write about shoes for your workouts. Most workouts will require some kind of footwear, and it’s important to have good shoes for your activities. In general, I recommend running shoes for most exercise. Running shoes will offer a variety of features (feet-tures??) to accommodate all sorts of arches and such.
(Note: I am not going to address the barefoot or lightweight shoe category here. This article only describes “standard” shoes that most of us will use.)
OK, so right off the bat, let me dispel the notion that any one company makes the BEST shoe. In fact, lemme tackle a few Shoe Myths that are circulating out there.
So how do you go about choosing the best shoe for you, then? And what do all those categories mean? First, let’s look at the Technical Terms that you will need to know.
Pronation means that the forefoot rolls inward excessively. Look at the forefoot of your current running shoes. If you notice that the inside edge (big toe side) of the sole is worn down, then you are a pronator, meaning that you push off on the big toe portion of your foot instead of the middle.
Supination means you are not rolling inward enough. If you notice that the outside edge (pinky toe side) of the sole is worn down, then you are a supinator, meaning that you are not rolling inward enough, or at all.
The body creates this rolling motion in the foot in order to provide natural cushioning. In other words, it is deflecting the impact of the footstrike. So a little bit of pronation is OK, but excessive pronation can cause injuries or problems, such as bunions.
Remember that these two terms refer to MOVEMENT. Just because you have flat feet does not necessarily mean that you pronate. A flat-footed person CAN pronate, but so can a high-arched person. So just looking at your arches does not necessarily tell you what your biomechanics are.
Now that you understand the biomechanics, you can choose the right type of shoe for yourself.
These three categories are a good place to start your shoe search. Once you narrow down the category of shoe that you need, then you can go about further refining your search. Some of the other factors that you will want to consider are your build (smaller or larger frame), how much use you will give your shoes (that is, how many miles will you put on them), and the shape of your foot (some shoes are cut wider and some are cut more narrow). The staff of your local run shop can really help you here. They will know how each of the shoes fit, and they can help you choose the best shoe for you.
Some further words of wisdom for the intrepid shoe-shopper. . . .
You are now armed with some good information to help you in your search for the best shoe for you. Now get out there and run!
Today’s Friday Fun Stuff asks you to write two sentences. One is the opening to your novel, the second is the last line. In the opening sentence, you must use the word “tractor” and in the last sentence, you must use the word “circle.”
Happy writing and happy weekend!
One of the reasons I am so drawn to astrology is its ability to be an infinite source of information about ourselves. We can get information from each of the planets and signs and houses in our natal charts. Then we can look at the symbolism of the angles that each of those bodies makes to the others. Then we can look at the top half of a chart versus the bottom half, or right versus left. And then then we can compare our own birth chart to what is going on in the sky at any other time. And on and on and on . . . . It can be a textbook that serves us our whole life.
On September 2nd, there will be a shift in the Moon’s North and South Nodes. The Nodes are mathematical points and not physical bodies, but in astrology we can use them in a way that is similar to the planets and signs in our chart. (For you scientifically-minded readers, the Nodes are the points where the Moon’s orbit intersects the Earth’s ecliptic.)
Now, many of us know our Sun Sign, our Rising Sign, and some might even know the Mercury or Moon signs. But the Nodes are less commonly known, which in my opinion is a shame. The Nodes are a wealth of information for those of us on a spiritual or wisdom quest.
In short, the South Node tells us our spiritual starting point in this lifetime. It represents our unconscious patterns and past-life habits we continue to carry on in our current incarnation. The North Node is its opposite, symbolizing our spiritual destination. It is our path to spiritual enlightenment and can bring great fulfillment.
For the past year and a half, the South Node-North Node combination has been Gemini-Sagittarius. This pairing has given us humans the collective experience of understanding that busy work, spreading ourselves too thin, and multi-tasking may not be the answer; it has been encouraging us to find meaning in our lives instead.
When the Nodes move into the Taurus-Scorpio arrangement, they are nudging us toward deep transformation. Taurus is strongly attached to stability and security, but Scorpio says that change is the only constant. We can keep the vision and philosophy we learned from the earlier Nodes, and we can incorporate a surrender of sorts to the natural birth-death cycle of life.
Be open to change, Wisdom Warriors! Remember that real growth takes “full circle” experiences, so be willing to let some things die in order to live fully!
Today’s column is written by guest author Jennifer Erickson, licensed professional counselor. This column originally appeared on Facebook and is reprinted here with permission of the author.
Be gentle with people today. That person who cut you off really could be en route to the hospital. The spouse who says “I can’t today” may really mean it for reasons neither of you fully understand. That jerk customer might have served our country and suffered a traumatic brain injury that affects his mood. The woman who seems bitchy at the grocery store may have been raped as a child.
It’s perfectly ok to avoid these people or to feel mad with the knowledge of exactly what they should or could be doing differently…. Just please remember they do not have your distance or clarity about their situation. Not yet anyway. In the spirit of them gaining insight and behaving better, please render a heartfelt prayer or thought – rather than a harsh judgment – as you walk by or away.
My house is full of spiders. In general, I really really really do not like bugs, insects, and things with many legs in my house. I am all for them staying outside. There was one particular spider that had taken up residence behind my stove, and every morning I saw a new web spun across the back burner. I was determined to squish that spider, but she always escaped me. So, partly out of respect for her squish-dodging skills and partly out of a desire to walk my talk, I looked up Spider and tried to learn from it.
Wouldn’t you know it, turns out spiders are the guardians of ancient languages and alphabets. Perfect symbols for aspiring writers like me. So that’ll teach me to try to squish a Messenger of Wisdom. . . .
Anyway, now I have something else to add to The Wisdom List: Take the time to learn before trying to squish something.
Entries for The Wisdom List accepted until August 31st! Best entry wins a groovy prize!
One of the biggest excuses for not exercising is “I don’t have any time.” But if you are really ready to start doing SOMETHING, then here is an easy at-home routine you can do with no equipment and only 20 minutes. These activities can be done in one spot, so you can even do this routine in front of the TV. You really have no reason not to try it!
Do each exercise for one minute, and rest for :30 seconds between each exercise. Try this circuit twice for a simple 20-minute routine to jump start your day!
Please be aware that fitness activities are potentially hazardous activities. Ensure that you are physically capable of performing these exercises and that you have no conditions that would be aggravated by performing this routine. Questions? Please ask here, or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
First, if you haven’t contributed already, please go to The Wisdom List and add your two cents!
Okay, so for today’s Friday Fun, I went to http://www.behindthename.com. This website has an extensive list of names and meanings (perfect for writers looking to name characters). I used their Random Name Generator to come up with a man’s name; your mission today is to create a brief description of a man named Harmon Petru Bai. Limit yourself to three sentences at the most, and give whatever detail comes to mind when you hear Harmon Petru Bai.
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