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The renowned philosopher and psychologist William James believed that one learns by incorporating bodily knowledge, the way one recalls how to swim in winter. One recalls by muscle memory. One adapts and form habits from ones daily experiences. This insight helps shape Paul Lacey’s new poetry book, “We Learn to Swim in Winter.
Poetry invites one to look closely as a visual artist sees things, paying respectful attention to people, animals and nature. It teaches one to see well, to meditate on and celebrate what one sees. We Learn to Swim in Winter gives voice to memories of family and friends who enrich the inner meanings of ones life. They are present in everyones lives and draw out emotions of — joy, laughter, the pleasure of companionship and the truth of grief. Here are poems closely observing war remnants in Vietnam, homeless people in freezing weather, a prisoner in prolonged solitary confinement, recording participation in political demonstrations. Telling the truth about those lives is an ethical responsibility.
His poem Winter Postcard reads:
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Question by ThisIsIt!: When did you come to the realization that other people considered you “old”?
I realize you don’t feel old, or think “old,” but at some point did you come to the conclusion that others, such as the medical community, or employers, or anyone for that matter thought of you as “old?”
I just turned 64. I realize that is young to some of you. But, in my former lifetime as an RN, I remember hearing such things as, “The elderly need to be especially careful when taking that medicine.” Or words to that effect. They were talking about people in their 60’s!
Sure, say it doesn’t matter. But, when did YOU feel you were considered elderly?
Addendum: I have a bone disorder that has left me with 62 fractures over the course of a dozen years. They’ve all healed thanks to some pretty major surgeries, but now I FEEL old. Natural degeneration at various joints has multiplied in other areas that had fractures. I’ve been through 8 major surgeries to my left hip and leg, a total knee replacement in the other leg, a pacemaker (thanks to my dad), depression, skin disorders, and so many other things I can’t remember right now. I need a cane to walk. I’ve used a walker from time to time after surgeries. Everything seems to hurt all the time too.
But it wasn’t until turning 64 that that word “old” had new meaning to me.
Answer by AJS
I will be 50 years old this year and I have felt old and have been called old since work injury 5 years ago.
Went from being 100% active then to 25% active now. I am in constant pain and tried very hard to get help for it. There is no help now that I can aford so I suffer.
What do you think? Answer below!
Question by wanderer: Does anyone know about reflexology?
I’m wondering how I exactly press against the pressure points. For example when im pressing against the thumb for the pituitary gland, my thumb aches so I was wondering if I could just use the knuckle (the first joint) of the thumb to press against it. Also just pressing against any point, my thumb aches after a little while and I have to pause. Also I know you have to search out the sore spots but what if you dont feel any but you still feel a need to give that part attention? Im not sure how firm you press it and how long.
I have a book on reflexology and it says you can just do it at home or anywhere, you dont need to take a class for it. I dont randomly press anywhere, I know what each point is for. For example I massage certain points for anxiety and the points for the endocrine glands.
Answer by P J
There are many theories but in our approach we look at the nervous system as the explanation of reflexology’s working.
Pressure applied to the feet generates a signal through the peripheral nervous system. From there it enters the central nervous system where it is processed in various parts of the brain. It is then relayed to the internal organs to allocate the necessary adjustments in fuel and oxygen, Finally a response is fashioned that is sent onto the motor system.
We apply techniques to the feet and hands. There is a school of thought that also applies it to the ear arguing it is also reflexology. The techniques, however, are modified from auricular therapy, an acupuncture technique.
It could be argued that all bodywork is reflexive therefore reflexology. We find that the extremities have a powerful influence because of locomotion. While we acknowledge that repeated patterns exist throughout the body we find our most effective focus to be the feet and hands.
Reflexology can be done practically anytime and any where. The trick is consistency. We have been impressed with the results from China. Their secret seems to be that they do reflexology once a day for six days in two week segments. Then they review the results and do more segments as necessary.
This requires self help and family help as well as the guidance of practitioners. The practitioner can give you a quality signal to break up the pattern of stress but you and your family can provide the quantity to help break it up.
Build reflexology into your life. It is easy to do reflexology well doing other activities. Put a foot roller under your desk or work your hands while waiting for the kids at school. Be creative but be consistent. Five minutes a day is worth more than an hour once in awhile.
If you are looking for self help try Hand and Foot Reflexology: A Self Help Guide. If you want to work on your child try Parent’s Guide to Reflexology. If you would like to learn to be a reflexologist try Complete Guide to Foot Reflexology (Revised 1993) and Hand Reflexology Workbook.
If you are interested in research try “Medical Applications of Reflexology, Findings in Research about Safety, Efficacy, Mechanism of Action and Cost Effectiveness of Reflexology” and Reflexions- the Journal of Reflexology Research Project.
Know better? Leave your own answer in the comments!