Good Days…Bad Days With Maureen Pratt

Good Days…Bad Days With Maureen Pratt

Chronic Pain and Downward Dog: Yoga in All of Us

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So, I was rounding a corner to home after a morning of errands. My head was full of the rest of the day’s “to do” list. I was hurting, and the idea of a nap did flit through my head. But it was crowded out by all the other things, important things (or so I thought) that I should/could/would be doing instead. And then, I rounded the last corner and all those ideas sort of settled to the bottom of the pile like big, fat,melting snowflakes. There in the hallway was my neighbor’s mahogany-coated dog, sprawled and snoozing in a bright shaft of early afternoon sun. He looked relaxed and blissful, and he didn’t move a muscle as I looked, smiled, and opened my front door.


Clearly, he had his priorities straight. What is chasing a ball or sniffing around a parking meter or fussing over a neighbor if you can doze in a perfectly fine patch of sun that would soon have moved out of nap-shot?

The sight of that serene hound reorganized my priorities, too. Laundry could wait. So could myriad other things. But the need to relax and take advantage of a stretch of time to rest and revive? Well, there was no time like the present – and still is!

I know it’s important to know ourselves when we live with illness and pain. And I know we have to work with our medical team, too. But sometimes, we find important cues elsewhere, especially in nature. And sometimes, they are right outside our front door.

Blessings for the day!


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