I recently bought a doll for the first time in many years – not for my daughters this time, but for myself. Linda Thurston, an assistant in our Advanced Series who graduated last year, brought four dolls made by Scott Frazier to class. Scott, a Crow/Santee, has been participating in Linda’s Wolf Tracker tours in Yellowstone Park this past summer. Linda brought Native spirituality, with the help of Scott, into her biology tours as part of her McKay Method Graduate project. Much to Linda’s amazement, the scientists on the tours were powerfully moved by the addition of this spiritual dimension, honoring the Park and the wildlife they came to view.
The healing world lost two luminaries in 2012 - John Upledger and Gabrielle Roth. Dr. John was an osteopath who created a set of techniques known as CranioSacral Therapy, and Gabrielle developed a language of movement called The 5Rhythms®. Both were concerned with enhancing the movement of life within our bodies. Our bodies are both matter and energy, physical and fluid; the energy moves the fluid and the fluid moves the physical, which creates energy. This dance of movement from matter to energy and energy to matter is constantly happening in every cell of our body.
Do you ever feel like life is moving faster than ever? The days and events fly by; you’re getting things done but you lack a feeling of pleasure from your accomplishments. Life feels dull and predictable.
It’s that time of year when our immune systems are tested, and being in tune with your body’s signals will help you weather the bugs. Over the years I have developed what I call “lines of defense” for maintaining health. I might pull myself back from the brink of sickness dozens of times each flu season (and creating more antibodies along the way.) So pay attention to your health, and remember that we used to hibernate during the winter - but in these modern times we just move the show indoors. If all else fails you must really NEED to spend a few days in bed – nature’s way of forcing you to slow down!
One of the simplest – and cheapest- things you can do is GARGLE with warm salt water (I also put a little turmeric in it.) I also take vitamin C (1,000 – 5,000mg) and zinc (50mg -2x/day.) Echinacea must be taken on a regular basis throughout the season to be effective – it is more of a preventative. Source Naturals has a good Wellness Formula.
Recently Montana State University held a symposium on the groundbreaking book “Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance” by Robert Pirsig. Scholars discussed the importance of this work, the author’s life story, even the route of the trip he took on the motorcycle journey which is the central metaphor in this philosophical work. Bozeman Montana, the “high country of the mind,” plays a critical part in the book, Pirsig’s life and the development of his philosophy called the “Metaphysics of Quality.”
While teaching writing at MSU, an engaging classics professor asked Pirsig if he was teaching “quality.” The question hounded him and he even enlisted his students in the search for quality. Although they discovered everyone could agree more or less on what embodied quality, they were no closer to defining it.