Back Pain? Try Meditation.

I read recently an article that said meditation can do wonders for certain back ailments. Here’s a link: https://www.everydayhealth.com/hs/ankylosing-spondylitis/how-to-make-meditation-part-of-daily-routine/?xid=nl_EH_MRKTHealthSpotlight_2018-11-26.

Tuesday is also my morning with my Yoga master and she emphasized stretching my lower back muscles. Coincidence. Right now my back feels great. So enough discussion of my ailments. I am beginning to sound like my teammates. When we all get together all we can talk about is our surgeries and our scars.

My Yoga master had been listening to an NPR podcast about how neuroscientists say they can tell you whether you are a conservative or progressive based on your hobbies, what you eat, how much sleep you get, etc. Problem with their analysis is we all don’t fit their mold. I would be right wing conservative according to my habits. That is hardly the case.

People make assumptions about others based on stereotypical images. One big one is that if you were born and raised in the south you must be racist. There are many more for every region of the country, and the analogies go on and on from there.

I write a lot about our attempts to be what God intended, and one of the biggest obstacles to that goal is assumptions made by others and ourselves that conflict. The world would be a lot better place if we all didn’t try to pigeon hole everyone we meet, and didn’t judge at least until we took the time to know and understand.

A pain in the back can be debilitating, a wrongful assumption about someone can cripple too. My grandfather used to say, to assume is to make an ass out of you and me. His words stick with me to this day.

About the author

Webb Hubbell, former Associate Attorney General of the United States, is an author and lecturer. His novels, When Men Betray, Ginger Snaps, and A Game Of Inches, are published by Beaufort Books and are available online, in your local bookstore, or you can order autographed copies at webbhubbell.com. When Men Betray won one of the IndieFab awards for best novel in 2014. Ginger Snaps Won the IPPY Awards Gold Medal for best suspense/thriller.

3 Comments +

  1. Your grandad would have been a good journalist. One of our main rules: Never assume. Bless.

  2. Spot on!
    I want friends from every walk of life. Conservative, liberal, black, white, sinner and saint….we need each other. Right or wrong assumptions breed small mindedness and smug condescensions. Why is it humans always seek superiority? Isn’t that really the rationale for assumptions and pigeon holes?
    I am enjoying your lessons and throughtdul perspectives. A treat to find this blog! Blessings.

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