Articles for the Month of September 2013

The Cracked Pot ~ A beautiful methaphor

~A beautiful metaphor and reminder~

The Cracked Pot

A water bearer had two large pots, each hung on the ends of a pole which he carried across his neck. One of the pots had a crack in it, while the other pot was perfect and always delivered a full portion of water.

At the end of the long walk from the stream to the house, the cracked pot arrived only half full. For a full two years this went on daily, with the bearer delivering only one and a half pots full of water to his house.

5 Ways to Deal With Conflicts

A few days ago, I was sitting at a rooftop cafe downtown watching people laughing, talking, and arguing with each other. I started thinking about the phenomenon that things around us and our lives in general are really just our own perception. We feel, smell, taste, hear, and see situations and things the way we want, influenced by past experiences and our own cognitive processes.

Isn’t it incredible to think that, for example, the green tea I am drinking right now might taste totally different to you? Or the smell of vanilla might smell to you like the way roses smell to me? We will never really know. All we know is that “vanilla” smells the way we perceive it to since we were told that this is vanilla and the smell we associate with it.

The same goes for our thoughts. The way people think about others is actually a reflection of their own feelings towards themselves, projected on others.  So when it comes to conflicts between people, how do we deal with different opinions and the emotional stress that comes along with them?

Here are five tips that could help you:

The Psoas: Our feel-good muscle

As you know, I am interested in the mind-body connection and healing side of exercise and food, not about weight loss.

The psoas is important for our posture as it connects the torso and the leg, and it stabilizes our spine and helps with our balance. Therefore, it makes absolute sense that being tight there causes us to feel anxious, stressed, and perhaps even panicky. And yet again, the mind-body connection at its best!

Yoga vs. Pilates mat

Are you using the same mat when practicing yoga and Pilates?

Have you had (back) pain while doing some Pilates exercises like “the 100″ or simply felt uncomfortable or had trouble keeping your neutral spine?

Maybe you’ve used the wrong mat!

What many people don’t know (including me in the past): There’s a difference between a yoga and Pilates mat:

Thoughts on Judging Others

A few weeks ago, I started thinking about how people like to judge other people just by watching them or even only by hearing or ASSUMING things about them. It’s the story of my life as an introvert … I cannot tell you how often people said or thought that I was arrogant, sure of myself, unapproachable, and “out of their league (men),” because I am usually not a person who walks up to others and starts small talk. Truth is, I don’t particularly like small talk, I don’t like to be in the center of attention, and I hate to “bug” people, so I prefer to be and stay in my head most of the time ;-)

You’ve probably heard the saying “don’t judge a book by its cover,”

A beautiful metaphor for letting go

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“A psychologist walked around a room while teaching stress management to an audience. As she raised a glass of water, everyone expected they’d be asked the “half empty or half full” question. Instead, with a smile on her face, she inquired: “How heavy is this glass of water?”

Answers called out ranged from 8 oz. to 20 oz.

She replied, “The absolute weight doesn’t matter. It depends on how long I hold it. If I hold it for a minute, it’s not a problem. If I hold it for an hour, I’ll have an ache in my arm.