What Does Trying Hard Feel Like?

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woman weighlifting

I took piano lessons for 8 years growing up.

One afternoon a week my mom drove the 10 minutes over to my teacher’s house. In her living room that was too small for both the baby grand and the harpsichord and the living room furniture, I’d have my lesson.

I won’t lie. I never really enjoyed playing the piano. And I don’t enjoy it now. Once in a while, I’ll touch a piano. But it’s just not my thing.

The lessons though did give me an experience of what muscle memory is all about. Continue reading “What Does Trying Hard Feel Like?”

Stop Fighting Change – Rushing and Stress

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photo illustrating contrast between winter and summer

I have a wonderful student who just turned 80. One of the things he struggles with is feeling rushed all the time.

In chatting further with him last week, he brought up the fact that as he is getting older things just take longer. For example, getting dressed in the morning. He remembers when he used to be able to whip on his shirt, pants and socks in no time.

Now just due to the simple fact that his body is changing, it takes longer.

But the problem is that he is still trying to do it as fast as when he was 40. Continue reading “Stop Fighting Change – Rushing and Stress”

Creating Space, Reducing Stress

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cars driving on snowy road

I didn’t grow up in Minnesota. I moved here as an adult. It’s cold here in the winter. The streets are often icy and snow covered, making for hazardous and stressful driving conditions.

One of the many things I had to learn after moving here was how to drive in the winter.

The best piece of advice one of my Minnesota friends gave me regarding winter driving was drive so you use the brakes as little as possible. Continue reading “Creating Space, Reducing Stress”