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Stress Reduction Sunday :: Hot Buddha Sweats; Cold Buddha Shivers: Enjoying the Conditions of Now


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It’s Stress Reduction Sunday. Read my weekly post in the Connecticut Watchdog. Here is my CT Watchdog posts from last week:

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thermometer.jpgIt’s cold outside. Here in Northern Vermont the temperatures dipped well below 0 degrees Fahrenheit last night and will again tonight. It’s probably very cold where you are right now too. This cold makes news. And people generate a lot of reactivity to it — generate a lot of stories, mostly of a plaintiff nature.

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Now, extreme cold like this can be dangerous, so we need to be mindful of this. If you go to sleep in a snowbank, you’ll wake up frozen and dead. However, with proper precautions, we can survive the extreme cold as humans have been doing for millennia. A wise sage once said there is no such thing as being cold, just unprepared. Patagonia, North Face, and many other companies exist to make sure we are prepared for whatever natures gives us.

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  • Colleen

    There are a couple ways to change our perception of the cold to appreciate it more. For one thing, the body uses more calories when it is cold, so if we are trying to lose weight, the freezing cold weather is a gift:>)
    Also, the cold is better for preserving the body. When I worked as a professional model/actress in the city, I was often cast 8-10 years younger than I actually am. When people found out my age, they often asked what my secret was, and I told them that I live in Vermont, and frozen meat doesn’t spoil. LOL!
    As much as I love and appreciate the cold, I like plugging in my hot-tronics (battery operated ski boot heaters) and dropping chemically activated heat packets in my mittens when on the mountain:>) As stated above, if we are mentally and physically prepared, we can have it all and enjoy every moment:>)

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