Meridian Star


July 28, 2013

After the dealers moved on ...

MERIDIAN — No one knew why they left. Funny, it was almost two weeks before I noticed the absence of traffic on my street. Upon asking my neighbor who lived down the street from them, he is surprised I’ve only just noticed.

    Actually, I believe I’d taken to spending weekends inside my home and not digging weeds in my front yard. The heat could account for that, but I also had a habit of noticing license plates – thought it best to lay low.

    The gentlemen in question obviously did not have a lot to be worried about, as they had lived back there around four or five years with little complaint or police action. It was just the constant traffic at certain times, all day Saturday for example – Not enough time for a person to stop and visit for long. Perhaps it was just so many pizza deliveries?

    "On Being" is a Sunday morning radio program on PBS that explores the human condition with all kinds of people – psychiatrists, politicians, philosophers…an entire plethora of people! What caught my attention in the discussion of Krista Tippett talking with a Dr. Van der Kolk. He talks about a program in Boston in the maximum security jails where they do meditation with the inmates. And another, “where the judge gives kids a choice between going to prison or being condemned to be a Shakespeare actor...and you see these kids come to life as they’re being valued as an actor and a person who is able to talk. What I see is a huge potential that people have to crawl out of their holes.”

    Dr. VanderKolk studies various treatments of trauma, including yoga and eye movement therapy. Traumatic stress became a diagnosis after the Vietnam War and how it affects the population at large. He terms a phase, body memory, where we store a traumatic experience in our body. Have you ever heard of someone getting a massage and breaking down, or crying, during the experience? Sometimes we store a guilt at having hurt someone a long time ago. Friends tell us “You shouldn’t feel that way. It wasn’t your fault.” And you know they are right, but you still feel bad.

    I can recall my sister getting work done on her house and she developed a terrific neck ache that went into her shoulders. She went to doctors and tried all sorts of cures – but no cure worked like the day the dadgum contractor finished the job and left her house! We all know about that kind of headache or pain in the you know where. Dr. Van der Kolk deals with the more severe kind of traumas.  

    One of my favorite things about yoga and particularly shoulder stands (against the wall) is the idea of my internal organs all flipping upside down, seeing the light of day so to speak. My blood is having to really work to reach my toes at this position. My internal world is upside down. Now I return to my usual posture — not inclined on the sofa, but upright! And my organs return to their usual comfortable position. It has to be good for them. And me, of course.

    I vote for making our kids who are acting out against the law join in the Sucarnochee Revue at the Temple Theatre and singalong with the country tunes. They’d think twice about breaking the law then!

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