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CHECK ENGINE: Of Cars, Karma, Gurus and Rabbis

[Dear Readers: This is a long essay. The narrative is not linear, it contains at least one four letter word, references to sexual scandal (not mine), and cars! It’s not the usual fare. Happy New Year!]. When I lived in Colorado, my Subaru Forrester’s check engine light went on intermittently, for days or weeks, before switching … Continue reading

Feldenkrais and Food: When Old Habits Die Hard

San Francisco, a foodie paradise, is the location of my Feldenkrais program. The training venue is sandwiched between two streets, Geary Boulevard and Clement Street, both chock full of food, mostly Russian grocery stores and bakeries, mom and pop fruit and vegetable markets, and a plethora of ethnic eateries (Chinese, Vietnamese, Korean, Japanese, Burmese and more), many of … Continue reading

Self-Image, Feldenkrais and KonMari

I’ve been on a decluttering marathon the last 10 days. I began to follow the KonMari Method of tidying up after my own efforts stalled and I needed to jumpstart my resolve. The key to this approach is to keep only what sparks joy, unless an item is necessary. It reminds me of the Feldenkrais Method where, through multiple approximations, we learn to … Continue reading

Lessons from a Purim Mask

“There is a face beneath this mask, but it isn’t me. I’m no more that face than I am the muscles beneath it, or the bones beneath that.” ― Steve Moore, V for Vendetta Last night I celebrated Purim, the Jewish holiday commemorating the community’s survival in ancient Persia despite a plot to destroy it. … Continue reading

Strip Malls as Spiritual Teachers?!

The real voyage of discovery consists, not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes. – Marcel Proust Colorado is blessed with dramatic landscapes and sweeping sunny skies that inspire many people, myself included, to relocate here.  Some folks even call this place “God’s country”.  I wonder if these are the same people who’ve … Continue reading

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