Creative Writing, My Story, Uncategorized, Women's Health

Seeing things clearly, without that added layer of judgement on top

I struggled with what to say on my blog this week, but I finally landed upon this idea as the thing that resonated with me at the current moment. Something I've been realizing, more and more every day, is how much time I've spent judging myself for the problems I've had.  Not actively trying to… Continue reading Seeing things clearly, without that added layer of judgement on top

Creative Writing, Favorites, Inspiration, Uncategorized

A Returning

I have been away. I have often thought of how to begin this blog again after a long hiatus and then more time would pass and there it stood waiting for me to speak, write, and reach out. The reason for my silence is the same reason for beginning this blog. Living with chronic illness… Continue reading A Returning

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Violins and enhanced sensory maps

Sunlight in Winter

violin player

I recently learned about a fascinating study that I had to share with you all.  Researchers took two groups of people– professional violinists and regular, everyday people off the street– and pricked everyone’s index finger with a pin.  The violinists reported feeling much more pain than the non-violinists, even though everyone’s finger was pricked in the exact same way.

I thought this was so interesting.  This article on Optimum Sports Performance sums it up quite well (scroll down to the “Influence Psychology” section.  The author writes, “The enhanced sensory map and awareness of their hands that a professional violinist has makes them hypervigilant to anything that may be remotely threatening.”

I love this phrase “enhanced sensory map.”  They say practice makes perfect– well, all those hours and hours of practicing has given that violinist a very well-developed communication pathway between hand, spinal cord, and brain.  He or she is…

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Inspiration, Uncategorized

Maybe everything is amazing

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uEY58fiSK8E I first saw this Louis C.K. clip a couple of weeks ago, and I've been thinking about it ever since. (Be sure you watch until the 3:05 mark, which is where he really starts to make his point). Studying anatomy and physiology and learning about the body has helped me to get to the… Continue reading Maybe everything is amazing

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Favorite Posts from My First Year of Blogging: Part One

When I first started blogging, I had no idea if anyone would actually read what I had written.  I tried out all different types of posts, including more journal-like entries, pictures, and recipes, as I tried to figure out what type of blog mine would be. Hitting “Publish” on each one of those early posts… Continue reading Favorite Posts from My First Year of Blogging: Part One