Living in Our Own Skin: a Monthly Meditation Support Group

Living in Our Own Skin: a Monthly Meditation Support Group

Online Community Meditation and Discussion Led by Dan Cayer First Monday of each month at 8:15 - 9:15 PM EST Join us on the first Monday of each month as we explore how to live peaceably with imperfect bodies and lofty expectations. IDP teacher Dan Cayer will help you learn to extend mindfulness and inquisitiveness to the present moment, with special awareness to our bodies. Even if pain, discomfort, and/or fear are present, Dan can help you develop a more friendly relationship to your experience. Dan is a meditation teacher and certified Alexander…continue reading →
Living in Our Own Skin: a Monthly Meditation Support Group

Living in Our Own Skin: a Monthly Meditation Support Group

Online Community Meditation and Discussion Led by Dan Cayer First Monday of each month at 8:15 - 9:15 PM EST Join us on the first Monday of each month as we explore how to live peaceably with imperfect bodies and lofty expectations. IDP teacher Dan Cayer will help you learn to extend mindfulness and inquisitiveness to the present moment, with special awareness to our bodies. Even if pain, discomfort, and/or fear are present, Dan can help you develop a more friendly relationship to your experience. Dan is a meditation teacher and certified Alexander…continue reading →
Don’t Make Pain the Enemy.

Don’t Make Pain the Enemy.

My friend Jeff once told me a strange story about a Japanese monk imprisoned during World War II. The Zen monk was being interrogated by the militaristic government for any possible information on antigovernment activities. To crack the monk, he was restrained on a table as water was slowly dropped on his forehead for many hours. Years later, during a reconciliation program in Japan, one of the guards who participated in the interrogation encountered the monk. Incredulously, he asked the monk, “You were the only one who didn’t break or fall apart. How…continue reading →
Living in Our Own Skin: a Monthly Meditation Support Group

Living in Our Own Skin: a Monthly Meditation Support Group

Online Community Meditation and Discussion Led by Dan Cayer First Monday of each month at 8:15 - 9:15 PM EST Join us on the first Monday of each month as we explore how to live peaceably with imperfect bodies and lofty expectations. IDP teacher Dan Cayer will help you learn to extend mindfulness and inquisitiveness to the present moment, with special awareness to our bodies. Even if pain, discomfort, and/or fear are present, Dan can help you develop a more friendly relationship to your experience. Dan is a meditation teacher and certified Alexander…continue reading →
Healing the Underlying Condition: Ourselves

Healing the Underlying Condition: Ourselves

Over the last few years, I’ve been hatching a book, tentatively titled, Don’t Get Better: How to Discover Sanity, Well-Being, and Your True Path. I will periodically share excerpts in this newsletter and around the Internets on various blogs. Today’s installment (which includes a brief exercise at the end) is from a chapter called, “Healing the Underlying Condition: Ourselves.” “Pain is like a truffle hunting pig, which with its blunt snout digs up uncomfortable emotions.” When I was growing up, my mom and I watched Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman, a TV series about…continue reading →

#2: Help! I’m In Pain & What Should I Do?

What should I do if I am in pain? Here are three simple steps to reduce your pain, stress, and stop feeling like you need to police your pain and body all the time. 1. Acknowledge the pain. Take a breath, allowing what is here in this moment (including your dislike of it). 2. Notice your thoughts, especially judgmental thoughts and imperatives to "fix" the situation. 3. Connect with your desire to change. What do you really want? Try to just feel the intention without putting pressure on yourself to make it happen.…continue reading →
How I Ended My War with Pain

How I Ended My War with Pain

Seven years ago, I developed a mysterious chronic pain in my upper body that had me unable to type, hold a piece of paper, and relegated to the cool wooden floor of my girlfriend’s apartment for hours a day. I was 26, unable to work, and learning to dial a phone with my toes. From my floor-bound perspective, I stared for hours at the ceiling fan, imagining where this health trajectory was heading. I, who could not open a tea wrapper, began to resolve myself to leave New York and be cared for…continue reading →
Honey, I Shrunk My Hips

Honey, I Shrunk My Hips

Contrary to everything you’ve heard in the press, in my teaching studio the average American is getting smaller. I’m not talking about belt size or average caloric intake. I’m talking about how anxiety, stress, and poor ergonomic conditions all contribute to excess muscle tension that, like a tightly wound instrument, shortens and narrows us. What I often see are students with shoulders which remain bunched up, ribs and stomach fixed, and the lower back compressed onto the pelvis. These all lead to poor breathing and a general feeling of dis-ease. How could it…continue reading →