Earthing: I have to say the earthing mat continues to be pretty rad. I'm sleeping very deeply, though not as much. Now, whether that's a result of the earthing mat is pretty hard to ascertain without conducting a non-earthing sleeping experiment. Since I'm not that ambitious, I'll chalk it up to good living plus the mat and leave it at that.
What I will say, however, is that my mother-in-law who suffers from Type II Diabetes and chronic foot numbness tried the earthing mat a week or so ago. Immediately she began to feel a 'pins & needles' sensation in her feet--definitely a first for her. She plans to order one, so if I get updates, I'll pass them along.
I guess the most important thing about the earthing mat is just the general sense of grounded calm which infuses me every time I use it. That's enough for now. Eventually I'd love to get one of these. Imagine the sleep! Woo!
Coconut Oil: So, I had to cut back on my coconut oil intake. Four tablespoons a day was too much, apparently. I began to feel sluggish, overly full, and a little ill due, I think, to too much fat for my system. I dialed it way down to one tablespoon per day, split between morning and evening. I feel immensely better and still more satiated than I did without the oil.
What I've noticed: glossier hair (which is saying a lot, since my hair still suffers from post-dreadlock shock), clearer skin, and still no weight gain (or loss, but I wasn't really in it for the weight loss; I'd be curious to hear if anyone has had success in this area, though). I've also noticed a general, pervasive, feel-good sort of mood is more often than not the order of the day. Again, is this thanks to the oil? I don't know, but it seems to be an experience common to those who include coconut oil in their diets.
The Yogic Life: I'm continuing to teach every day and I am so grateful to those who visit our little studio. I've also been writing up a storm, so if you have time, you can check out my articles on herbs, fertility, and the yoga/sex controversy (hmm...yoga and self promotion? What's more 21st century than that??) give them a quick read. I'd love to hear what you think. I'm also so grateful to mindbodygreen and elephant journal for their support. These are great resources--spend some time muddling around here if you get the chance.
As for what I'm reading, well, I picked up this little book, 1,001 Pearls of Yoga Wisdom. This is a lovely, joyful little book--perfect to pick up whether you have five minutes or an hour to spend blissfully reading in the sun (or sunny window, depending on your latitude). I usually measure a book by how much it inspires my own yoga practice; this one ranks pretty high--quite inspiring, fun, and very digestible.
Also, I continue to read Your True Home, which is a compilation of 365 days of teaching by Thich Nhat Hanh, a wise and beloved Zen teacher. No matter what kind of day I'm destined for, it begins all the better by picking up this book every morning.
With that, I will leave with offerings of gratitude to all of my readers and my students who, every day, become my teachers. Gratitude, gratitude, gratitude offered to this world, this universe, and this life.
“People usually consider walking on water or in thin air a miracle. But I think the real miracle is not to walk either on water or in thin air, but to walk on earth. Every day we are engaged in a miracle which we don't even recognize: a blue sky, white clouds, green leaves, the black, curious eyes of a child -- our own two eyes. All is a miracle.”
― Thich Nhat Hanh