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womenpower “ W H AT D O E S O N E W E A R TO A C H A N T I N G ? ” is what my friend

Sandra asked the night before we left for a three-day wellness retreat. A question I certainly never imagined I’d be entertaining. Business research was the reason for our visit to the retreat center, and admittedly, I was a bit skeptical about the plant-based diet, the meditation, the mindfulness, and the chanting coming my way. It’s not that I don’t believe in the benefits of meditation or mindfulness. I do. It’s just that my darn mind keeps getting in my way. I spend most of my time meditating and being mindful thinking about what I could be doing if I weren’t meditating and being mindful, like cleaning out my refrigerator or scheduling that dental appointment I’ve been putting off. Or I think about whether I should get chips or fries to go with the burgers we’re having for dinner. Or, I think about how since meditation is so good for me, I should indulge in a piece of cheesecake and a glass of wine as a reward once I’m done. Or, I’ll think about whether or not I’m in the moment. Or if this IS the moment. Or if I’ve missed the moment. Our lives have been turned upside down this year—first with a pandemic and then with the social unrest following George Floyd’s horrific and unjust death. There seems to be so many more questions than answers in our society, with no clear path leading to the best way to rebuild our nation. For me, the combination of the lack of environmental stimuli from staying indoors and the anxiety I’m having over our future has been leading in the direction of a straightjacket. If you’re feeling the same, go easy on yourself. Some apprehension is understandable right now because the heat is truly on—a heat that has nothing to do with it being July in North Carolina. We’ve got a lot of work to do to figure out how we’re going to get our justice system, businesses, our schools, our finances, our nation’s economy, and perhaps most importantly, our peace of mind back on track. That’s a lot of heat and a lot to meditate on. So when I received information on a yogic writing class, I didn’t roll my eyes and guffaw as I did just a few short months ago, especially since all the contemplating and brainstorming has given me a really bad case of writer’s block. I’ve committed to let go of my cynicism and give this class a go. I don’t know if I’ll solve the world’s problems with yogic writing…I rather doubt it. I don’t even know if I’ll solve my own problems or even my writer’s block. But maybe I’ll find something in myself that is strong enough to accept, endure, and perhaps even grow in the middle of this chaos. Perhaps, at the very least, I can learn to live more in the moment. LAKE NORMAN WOMAN Unless, of course, it’s a particularly CALLS FOR unpleasant moment. In that case, heat or no heat, I might just eat a piece of cheesecake and have a glass of wine. w

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