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Walk It Off

Need a break? Take a walk. In ChiWalking, we walk with mindful attention to our steps. So we get aerobic conditioning with a bonus: meditation. Thinking about a single thing–in this case, what we are actually doing–is meditation. John Cianciosi, writing in the Yoga Journal says, “Practicing walking meditation encourages the development of mindfulness in

Aug 03, 2008 / by corematters / 2 Comments

What is it About Diets?

Why do diets fail? I think they fail for 2 reasons: 1. They wrap around the 1300 cal/day model. Guess what? Even models can’t live on that. (Women need about 2100 cal/day; men 2500cal/day.) After 2 or 3 weeks, because your body is quite literally starving, you must binge. That is, you must fail. And

Aug 01, 2008 / by corematters / 1 Comment

Do You Fear Change?

Change precipitates change. For example, I bought a table tennis table two days ago, and brought it home to my basement. But, the only room it fits in currently holds the television and sofa. To move the television to another room will mean changing the use of not one, but two other rooms downstairs. See

Jul 31, 2008 / by corematters / No Comments

Can’t Get No Satisfaction? Read on…

Ironic that Jagger didn’t think he could get any. He should be the most satisfied person on earth. Why? Cause he never stops moving! Jagger-Unplugged? Overweight? Sedentary? I don’t think so… So why is it that WE can’t get out of our chairs? Simple. It’s our programming. Specifically, our brains’ programming. By doing the same

Jul 30, 2008 / by corematters / 2 Comments

Feel the Joy…Ask it to Expand

Are you feeling trapped? In your job, your body, your life? All too often we think life is a wheel in motion, and we are just a spoke, rolling down the road. And just as often, we focus on what is wrong with our lives. Our thighs are too thick, our forehead too large, our

Jul 30, 2008 / by corematters / No Comments

One Step at a Time

Let’s take another look at making small changes. This time, let’s put it in context–in a much larger picture. Imagine your health and fitness 5 years from now. Assume you continue on your present trajectory…same weight you currently carry…same ratio of sick days to well days….same level of energy you’ve had over the past five

Jul 13, 2008 / by corematters / No Comments

37 Seconds, Well-used, Is a Lifetime…

That title comes from a movie I watched with my daughter last week, Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium. (If you have kids, rent it and watch it with them!) While waiting for a clock-store prank to unfold, his co-hort says, “Ok, now we wait–exactly 37 seconds…” To which Magorium replies incredulously, “Wait???  NOOOO!!!–We breathe. We pulse.

Jun 26, 2008 / by corematters / 1 Comment

It’s All in Our Heads

Here’s a revolutionary thought:  if our mind can affect our bodies, why can’t our bodies affect our minds? According to Rockefeller University neuroscientist Bruce McEwen, writing in his book, The End of Stress as We Know It, “the mind is so powerful that we can set off the stress response just by imagining ourselves in

Jun 19, 2008 / by corematters / 1 Comment

A Question of Balance

One of the most important things we can do for ourselves is to create balance: physical balance as we move through space and time, intellectual balance as we wade though the reams of information we face each day, and spiritual balance as we answer questions about our own existence. This blog exists as a way

Jun 18, 2008 / by corematters / No Comments

One at a Time

I was walking the trail behind my house yesterday, and saw the same 40-foot tree dangling along a tiny cliff beside the walkway. Half the soil is missing beneath it, yet it hangs on. And each time I walk by, I’m reminded of all the tiny grains of soil shifting under the tree’s weight, one

Jun 17, 2008 / by corematters / No Comments