NOTE: This routine takes 5-7 minutes. I do it 4-5 times daily. It relieves my hip and knee pain and actually causes me to “grow” about an inch taller. Completing the sequence every time I use the bathroom is a good reminder! 😄
I do this pose and sway my legs slightly right and then left ten times.
Legs Up Pose
I circle my arms around the back of legs and sway my legs slightly right and then left ten times.
Cat and Cow Poses
I circle my hips 10 times in each direction.
Back-bend Pose Facing a Wall
10 times, counting to ten each time. I keep my feet flat to get a better hamstring stretch.
Back-bend pose against a chair back or counter
I do this pose 10 times, counting to ten each time, and alternating from leg to leg. I keep the foot of the weight bearing leg flat, and point the other foot back while arching my back into a gentle back bend. I put my hands on the sink counter for support. A chair back can also be used. Sorry about the picture I cannot get it to be in the right direction!
We laugh about his stupidity. It is really dangerous to laugh. I am convinced twitler is NOT stupid. Ignorant, but not stupid. He has a plan. His comments are aimed at encouraging his racist base. His antics are carefully designed to remove our focus from one divisive move to the next outrageous stunt. He is using a laser pointer and laughing at all the “cute kittens” falling over themselves to chase the red dot. He is removing as many department heads as possible to gain power. He has a plan folks. He is not stupid. He is ignorant, divisive and EVIL.
In honor of Gwen Ifill, I will suggest that we all try to come together as a nation. Perhaps we can all identify as human beings and citizens of a great nation.
All of you on my friends list here know how painful this last week has been for me. So I truly understand the pain and fear many are going through. I also am beginning to understand the impatience of the other side who cannot understand that pain, often because they have felt disrespected and ignored.
We need to HEAR each other. We need to READ IN DEPTH, and LISTEN with intent to understand. We need to ANALYZE our news sources so we can recognize spin and outright hoaxes. And finally, let us all find ways to find common ground. Let us all find ways to identify the issues that are the most important to us. And let us do something practical every day to improve our lives and the lives of others.
Gwen often said that her job was “to bring light rather than heat to issues of importance to our society.”
Let us cool down the heat and turn on the lights.
I admit it. I have been stumped by Trump. Why has this joke not gone away? My reading came together this morning with an editorial by Charles Krauthammer, and a Psychology Today article posted by a former teacher colleague of mine I greatly respect. The disregard for thinking deeply, along with the rise of bullies who shout the loudest on social media goes a long way to explain the Trump phenomenon.
The solution to the Donald Problem is education. It is NOT a quick fix, and apparently it is too late to save us from Trump. Only Hillary or Bernie can do that right now. Ultimately our saviours will be our teachers. If we can stop burdening them with senseless testing requirements, there will be time to teach students the deep reading and analytical skills they will need in this complex world. We will have time to teach them how to debate with their intellect and not the volume of their voices.
The article by Charles Krauthammer supports the ideas expressed in the Psychology Today article. In the editorial Krauthammer explains why so many Evangelical conservatives support Trump, even though it is obvious to ANYONE who has EVER attended a Christian church regularly, that Trump is NOT an Evangelical….or even a serious Christian. What he IS, is a loud-mouthed bully who gets his way by being the most aggressive. People are scared and think this is the only way to be safe in a world increasingly run by bullies. It is easier to have a bodyguard than to find a way for people with differing opinions to live together in peace, treating each other with respect.
We DO have a choice. We can resist the Trumps of this world, or we can bow down and pay them the protection money and power they are trying to extort. Which will it be?