Yoga Saved My Back

After having been rear-ended and suffering from backlash injuries that resulted in a bulging disk, this yoga fan felt 95% better within a year. She was off pain medication in 3 months. She credits her recovery to yoga, chiropractic treatment, and massages.

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Aging With Grace

85 year old David, discovered Yoga 10 years ago and credits it for his health and wellness. In 2002 he was diagnosed with Melanoma. Luckily for him his cancer went into remission. It was then he stumbled into yoga. Sadly his initial experience was not a pleasant one. But when he found a teacher who adjusted his practice for his level of fitness and ability, his journey of yoga began in earnest.

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Don’t Let Anybody Raise You. You’ve Been Raised.

Maya Angelou

Maya Angelou (1928-2014)

In 1945, weeks after graduating from high school and with no support from the child’s father, 17-year-old Maya Angelou gave birth to her only son. Two months later, desperate for independence, she moved out of her mother’s home, found accommodation of her own, and began to raise her son. Over the next 70 years, Maya Angelou achieved more than most as a celebrated and award-winning author, poet, educator, dramatist, actress, filmmaker, and activist. The first of her seven autobiographies, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, is considered a classic.

Eight years ago, she wrote a letter of advice to her younger self. It was reprinted in the book, What I Know Now: Letters to My Younger Self.

Dear Marguerite,

You’re itching to be on your own. You don’t want anybody telling you what time you have to be in at night or how to raise your baby. You’re going to leave your mother’s big comfortable house and she won’t stop you, because she knows you too well.

But listen to what she says:

When you walk out of my door, don’t let anybody raise you—you’ve been raised.

You know right from wrong.

In every relationship you make, you’ll have to show readiness to adjust and make adaptations.

Remember, you can always come home.

You will go home again when the world knocks you down—or when you fall down in full view of the world. But only for two or three weeks at a time. Your mother will pamper you and feed you your favorite meal of red beans and rice. You’ll make a practice of going home so she can liberate you again—one of the greatest gifts along with nurturing your courage, that she will give you.

Be courageous, but not foolhardy.

Walk proud as you are,

Credit: Letters Of Note

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The Angel In Queens

Jorge Muñoz is a school bus driver who barely makes a living. But out of the $600 he makes a week, he spends more than half feeding the hungry. The story started when Jorge saw a group of men standing around and asked if they needed help. He found out that they were day laborers looking for work and when they did not find work they went hungry. Jorge simply could not drive away from there. He resolved to do something. Ever since Jorge has been feeding the hungry, sometimes more than a hundred meals a day. Jorge story tells us that we all can do something to help, if we set our hearts to it.

Citizen Medal Awarded By Obama For Jorge Munoz
CNN Hero Jorge Munoz
Jorge Munoz official web site
The Chicken And Rice Man – NY Times article

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Joe The Barber

Every Wednesday afternoon an unusual sight awaits those strolling in Bushnell Park in Hartford, Conn. Here 82 year old Anthony Cymerys sets up “shop” giving haircuts to the homeless. Known as “Joe the Barber” he is actually a retired businessman who saw a need in his community. He taught himself the trade and simply set up shop and for 25 years has been providing service to the homeless of his community.

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