Monthly Archives: August 2013

Power Outage

A story.
My little family and I were out for a morning of fun and came home for lunch. We were going to heat up some leftovers only to find that when we walked in the door, the power was out. Boo. My husband had a message from the power company saying that in three hours they would know when we would have power again. I instantly felt tension. There were things to do! I wanted to reheat lunch, I did not want to be disrupted by a power outage. And! Three hours is a long time. And! I wanted to redesign my website! What a bummer. My shoulders were tight yet there was nothing I could do (Pitta‘s shoulders get tight when they don’t have control…tis why they turn to cleaning things! They can control that.) Cheese sandwiches it is. As I was cutting our sandwich in half, *ZING!* music started playing, the oven beeped and a wash of relief washed over me. Then I thought, “Dude, really? All that tenion, MB, for 20 minutes of outage?” And in the end, it was all okay. I should have just surrendered instead of letting it affect me.

This lead me to thinking that we have power outages in our lives too, don’t we? Like when we realize we may be powerless through a string of bad luck and every where we turn it seems there is a closed door. My mom always said (and I know you know it too), “This too shall pass.” When nothing seems to be moving forward (or even sideways), we can break things down to the bare minimums (like peanut butter sandwiches and candles!), letting time pass, and breathing into surrender. Just like the peanut butter sandwiches and candles, it’s not ideal but it’s not permanent. And, it’s also not that bad.

When you’re in a life power outage, light candles, be cozy, breathe a lot, knowing that it will not last forever. It’s also a time to realize that when the power is on, life is pretty darn good. Maybe that’s the reason for the outage in the first place–to give a little perspective. Before you know it *PING!* the lights will shine, the oven will beep, and the radio will blast an Earth, Wind, and Fire song signaling that all is well again :)

Dosha Watching


Hey! If you ever want a fabulous place to analyze doshas (dosha watching!), do it at the airport. The airport has heaps of people from all walks of life all trying to get somewhere in a timely manner. It’s pretty funny. On Saturday morning we were at the Oakland airport about to get out of dodge for a few days and enjoy a toddler-free trip to Portland. {Hello, humidity. My vata loves you.}

Let’s play a game called, “Name that dosha!” Can you tell me which dosha(s) govern the people below?

Scenario A
Everyone is lined up for security and  two tiny-framed girls are in front of us. They were quite whispey and jibber-jabbering about how they were so tired, needed coffee and didn’t sleep well, etc., They were mostly just complaining about…anything, everything. When it came time for the security man to check their I.D.’s he called them up and they both looked at each other – deer in headlights – and stuttered for a moment. They could not decide who would go up first until finally the security guard said, “If you are traveling together, you can both come up here.” And then they scurried their tiny butts to the podium.
What kind of dosha(s) were these girls?

Scenario B
We got thru security and our buckets o’ stuff came popping through the x-ray conveyor. We started grabbing our stuff and one woman came through, pushing ahead to where the buckets are coming through those plastic flaps. She let out a HUGE sigh and said in a grouchy tone, “They need a better process for this.”
What dosha(s) do you think she was?

Scenario C
I get in line for the rental car and notice that the woman in front of me has a several cuts/gashes on the back of her arm and she was bleeding. I got a little woozy looking at it. Blood was running in streams down to her elbow. I tapped her shoulder and said, “Excuse me, are you okay? Do you know you have big cuts on your arm? You are bleeding pretty bad.” She said, “Oh…yeah I know, I fell on the escalator. I’ll deal with it later, I just want to get my car.” {WTFruit!? I mean, we’re talking several deep gashes and rivers of blood. Didn’t seem to phase her.} Then she said, “I probably should have called someone because I dumped my coffee on the escalator, I might have made mess (then took a swig of her coffee), but…oh well.” She was quite chatty and chipper despite her fall and the pain she must have been in and then said, “I’m okay, I’ll be to my daughter’s in an hour and she’s a veterinarian so she’ll fix me up.”
What was her dosha(s)?

It’s a Cinch



Have you heard of a ‘liver roll’ or an upper belly roll that signifies liver strain? I am a thin vata, but I always have a little fat roll right under my bra. When I gain weight, it tends to go to my stomach first. I have a desk job, so I sit all day and I slouch at my computer. What do you think of wearing a waist cincher at work to improve my posture and perhaps activate my abs?  I’m confused about whether these things help strengthen your ab and back muscles, or weaken them by doing the work for you? A few more details are that I am 31, a little bit of a partier/drinker sometimes, and my diet is pretty irregular.

Okay SO! If you are a vata, a waist cincher would actually help you feel more…snug. Some new moms use them post-baby because it “holds” everything together since organs have moved and there is a lot of leftover space. It calms vata (space!) down immediately which can actually help new mommies not get the blues.  However, you have an irregular diet, party/drink too much and are also not doing yoga. Um…those are some things to definitely work on to get rid of the pooch AND reduce vata! I wish I had a magic cure my friend, but I think following a vata diet, reducing the drinkies and incorporating some yoga will do wonders for you!!

And! I have not heard of a “liver roll” exactly but if you are not eating the right foods, exercising too much and also drinking too much, those things will put strain on your liver. Sounds like your bod is trying to tell you something by giving you a little pooch. More than a cincher, work on the root causes. So…it’s a cinch? :) Vata Seasonal Bloom will help a lot!!