Occasionally, Animas Corporation puts on free seminars about the insulin pump or about diabetes in general. Today I attended one of those seminars. In attendance was an older man who liked to talk about his experiences, One lady who has had diabetes for about 12 years, two moms and an eight year old boy newly diagnosed (last 6 months). The seminar was to be on advanced pump training. We covered a little bit on that but, as usual, my attention was directed to the person who needed the most acute assistance. And that was the boy. I felt so much empathy for his mother and the other mom who was there to get as much information as they could. There is so much to know. The context that is given people is more useful to the medical profession than it is to the people who need to deal with diabetes every day. I have been searching for a way to develop this context. I got a flash of insight as I was driving home from the class. All of my yoga, meditation and “spiritual” study and work have revealed to me that diabetes is a disease that mirrors disharmony. The disharmony in ourselves, our family and our society. The whole object of the game we must play as diabetics is to manually create harmony. Yoga, meditation and spiritual endeavor lights the path for this game and may be the ingredients needed to create a more useful context for all the knowledge and skill that must be acquired to become a master of the game. As with life so with diabetes. I gave the two moms my blog site and hope they get to read some of the posts on diabetes.
It has been awhile since I have written a post here. I went into a kind of funk and did not feel much like writing. So here it goes. I have made a change in my yoga practice. For ten years I had been going to a Bikram Studio. For the past three years I have supplemented that with yoga teacher training at Kripalu. Even though I was training in Kripalu my practice stayed with Bikram. Well, I have moved on from from Bikram. I am now a member of a yoga Shala (school) called Anuttara. Their website is anuttarayoga.com. The yoga room is beautiful and the head teacher is amazing. He is filled with knowledge about the history and philosophy of yoga. The classes are dynamic and focus on opening up the hips and upper body strength. There is a lot of vinyasa flow with sun and moon salutations. This type of yoga is more aligned with Kripalu. The Shala is becoming certified to be a training center for teachers. The first teacher training is scheduled for March. I am considering participating in this training.