Subject: Lessons From The Body
Welcome to Celebrating the Journey!
Friday, March 29, 2002
Issue #80


1. Welcome Notes
2. Lessons from the Body
3. Coaching: Hear the Quiet Messages
5. Celebrating Out Loud!
6. Humor: What To Eat

1. Welcome Notes

Welcome to all our new subscribers. It’s always a joy when
CTJ finds new readers.

It’s truly spring here in the Santa Cruz mountains. The
temperature will near 80 today, and the sun shines warmly
in the blue sky. Definitely a day to be outside. My own
activities are quite curtailed, as you’ll read below. I urge each
of you, however, to get outside and breathe in the life of this
emergent time of year.

I am having surgery next Tuesday, April 2. I ask for your
thoughts and prayers on Tuesday afternoon. CTJ will
publish as usual next week barring any unforeseen
complications. We’ll see what lessons my body has to teach
me on the operating table!

Celebrating with others always lifts my spirits. I am making
a special request for celebrations for next week. Let me, and
our readers, hear what you’re celebrating in your life. It will
help me heal from my surgery and help others to see the
miracles in their own lives. Celebrate with us at: Thanks!

2. Lessons from the Body

My back went into spasm on Monday and has quite
severely limited my activities ever since. I spent the best part
of Monday, being cared for and chauffeured to the
chiropractor by my dear friend Leelee who had come to
town to visit with me. It was not exactly the visit we had

There was no apparent reason for the quite sudden onset of
this injury. That was what I told the chiropractor. Yet when I
began to mentally revisit the days before it to see what
might have been the cause, I saw clues: subtle messages that
my body was giving me that I ignored or glossed over
because of their subtlety and because I didn’t like what they
were telling me.

I pride myself on knowing my body well and listening to it
carefully – most of the time. This time I didn’t, and the
consequences have been very uncomfortable!

It is a strong reminder that, no matter what our age, how
healthy we are, how fit we are, it is imperative to pay
attention to the messages our body has for us. Sometimes
they are loud, and sometimes they are quiet. As in all aspects
of our lives, the loud lessons have much greater
consequences that the quiet ones. If we pay attention to the
quiet messages, they don’t have to get loud!

3. Coaching: Hear the Quiet Messages

The lovely feature cartoon, “The Land Before Time,”
contained the line, “Let your heart guide you. It whispers, so
listen carefully.”

The words apply equally well to our bodies. We live in a No
Pain, No Gain culture. Just Do It, the ads say. I’m all in favor
of showing up and taking action in the direction of our
dreams, each and every day.

Not, however, in a way that ignores our bodies. This body is
the only vehicle we get this time around. It is a miraculous
organism which performs at almost unimagined levels all
the time. It absolutely deserves to be treated in a respectful
and caring manner. The first step in that kind of treatment is
to listen.

Take time each morning to hear the messages your body
has for you. Maybe ask it a question or two. How are you
today? Do you hurt anywhere?

We all know that caring for our bodies includes eating well,
exercising, stretching. I’m invite you to add listening to that
list. It will serve you and your body well.


The healthy, the strong individual, is the one who asks for
help when he needs it. Whether he has an abscess on his
knee or in his soul.
Rona Barrett

If I’d known I was gonna live this long. I’d have taken better
care of myself.
Eubie Blake At Age 100

Take care of your body with steadfast fidelity. The soul must
see through these eyes alone, and if they are dim, the whole
world is clouded.
Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

Many people treat their bodies as if they were rented from
Hertz — something they are using to get around in but
nothing they genuinely care about understanding.
Chungliang Al Huang

5. Celebrating Out Loud

The more you praise and celebrate your life, the more
there is in life to celebrate.
Oprah Winfrey

February 14: Joan celebrated her 18th sobriety anniversary.
I salute your journey, Joan. You can celebrate this happy
occasion with Joan at

March 24: Sherrie Boutwell celebrated the marriage of her
son to his high school sweetheart. The wedding was a joyful
success, launching this young couple on their life together
(via a honeymoon on Maui) and bringing together family
members who haven’t spoken in a long time. It’s how we
want all our children’s weddings to be! Celebrate with
Sherrie at

Know someone who’s celebrating a great occasion? Or a
small one? What better gift than to forward them a copy
of Celebrating the Journey with a celebratory wish in it.
Let’s spread the joy!

6. Humor: What To Eat

Thanks to my good friend Davin Wenner for this great

What to Eat

The Japanese eat very little fat and suffer fewer heart attacks
than the British or Americans.

On the other hand, the French eat a lot of fat and also suffer
fewer heart attacks than the British or Americans.

The Japanese drink very little red wine and suffer fewer
heart attacks than the British or Americans.

But the Italians drink excessive amounts of red wine and also
suffer fewer heart attacks than the British or Americans.


Eat and drink what you like. It’s just speaking English that
kills you.

Give yourself the gift of listening to your body this week.

Namaste, Margo

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Come to the edge, life said.
They said: We are afraid.
Come to the edge, life said.
They came.
It pushed them…
And they flew.
Gulliaume Apollinaire

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