a yogi flu shot

flu shot

I am currently in the midst of getting a yogi flu shot. It takes two weeks to get this flu shot rather than the typical five minutes. I’m on the eighth day of this injection of health, immunity building, and digestion regulation. Oh, OK, some people call it a cleanse, I call it a yogi flu shot, same difference (almost). The biggest reason I’m doing this to improve my immune system so I don’t keep getting sick four times a year.

So far, so good. It was difficult the first few days adjusting my regular diet to be vegan, whole grain, gluten-free, dairy-free, allergen-free, and eating so many filling, whole foods. I am also doing yoga and meditating which both feel better than usual. I had a headache and felt a little sick a few times, crashed pretty hard after not eating enough one day, but overall things are going great and I’m finding it easy to make adjustments when things don’t feel so great. The cleanse I’m following is based on Ayurveda, yoga’s sister science of nutrition and health. I am excited to have found something that isn’t terribly difficult, and to feel like I’m doing one of the few things I can to take care of myself.

I read a great article by Sally Kempton on family and the holidays in the most recent issue of Yoga Journal. It reminded me of my visits home and how I sometimes find myself turning into some angry, upset, judgmental version of myself. I thought this version of myself was gone! Here are a few tidbits:

“If you think you’re enlightened, go visit your family” Ram Dass said back in the 1970’s. Even the gatherings of relatively happy families can simmer like a samsaric stew, with everyone’s issues bumping up against each other over drinks and dinner. Memories, rivalries, and disappointments are only a piece of it. More basic is the forced encounter with parts of yourself that you thought you outgrew years ago, and the equally insidious confrontation with the ideas that family members have about who you are. A family is not just a collection of individuals united by blood or marriage. It’s a system, an entity of its own. Years after you leave home, the family system tends to pull you into itself even when you’ve sworn that this time you’ll remain an island of loving detachment. So you revert to your role as the family rebel, or the good kid who takes care of everyone else. None of us can help being influenced by how our family members perceive us”.

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