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Beyond being stressed

The Value of Meditation

When I was in St. Francis Hospital in San Francisco in 1974,diagnosed with an acute schizophrenic episode, paranoid varietyand later in June of '74 my doctors recommended both yoga and meditation for the relief of mental and physical anxiety and stress (in addition to walking.)  At that time  these disciplines (except for walking), were relatively new in the United States.  As a young girl a friend's father was a journalist exposed to unusual thinking. He recommended to me that I read Paramahansa Yogananda's  book, "Autobiography of a Yogi.

Creativity and Mental Well-Being

Stress is a common ailment in modern society. It is an underlying factor and cause of many diseases (dis-eases), physical and mental.  According to AARP, "We are just beginning to understand the ways that stress influences a wide range of diseases of aging, including heart disease, metabolic syndrome, type 2 diabetes and certain types of disability, even early death," says Sheldon Cohen, a professor of psychology at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh who has been at the forefront of stress research for 30 years.

What I Learned from Groundhogs

There are lots of things that spring can teach us.  In my case, I learned that groundhogs climb trees. They don't just scramble up the trunk, they can actually move up to the highest branches, just like a cat or a bird and then they can crawl down as well after the danger has passed.  

I learned this at a farm near Warrenton.  My friend's dogs, Sally and Mosby, found a groundhog strolling between a patch of lush green clover and his groundhog hole. There was a big chase and then the dogs began looking upward.