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.