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Spicy Soft Tofu Stew

Courtesy of the late Anthony Bourdain and Korean American chef, Roy Choi, this is an inside look at the makings of one of my favourite Korean dishes - soon doo boo jji gae, or spicy soft tofu stew served with a bowl of steamed white rice.

For a look at a pictorial that my mom and I did on a vegetarian version of this dish many years ago, feel free to visit: Read more about Spicy Soft Tofu Stew

 

This is Essential for a Strong and Healthy Back

While developing and maintaining good core strength is extremely helpful to protecting the spine and surrounding tissues against injury, it's equally important to work at improving usable strength of the trunk toward its end ranges. Read more about This is Essential for a Strong and Healthy Back

 

Being A Korean American Adoptee

Imagining the depth of feelings of everything involved in Danielle's journey broke the levees of my tear ducts like few other experiences have. I think our youngest son was genuinely concerned for my well-being, such was the extent of my sobbing.

To learn more about Danielle Oakes and her account of this part of her life journey, please visit: Read more about Being A Korean American Adoptee

 

A Simple Way to Improve Shoulder and Back Mobility

To improve shoulder and upper back mobility, lie face-up with your head slightly off the end of a bed and let your arms hang freely above your head.

Once you’re comfortable in this position, slowly take your arms through a small arc as though you are making a snow angel - you can do this several times to warm up your shoulder joints. Read more about A Simple Way to Improve Shoulder and Back Mobility

 

How to Improve Your Posture and Counter Effects of Slouching

This is another mobility exercise that you can do daily to improve your posture and reverse negative effects of slouching.

Taking your arms through slow half circles along your sides while you are lying back on an exercise ball is helpful for improving extension through your spine and flexion through your shoulders. Read more about How to Improve Your Posture and Counter Effects of Slouching

 

Poverty Among the Elderly in South Korea

Such a heartbreaking look at a typical day in the life of an 82-year old Korean elder living in poverty - she is one of approximately 3 million elders living in similar circumstances in South Korea today. Read more about Poverty Among the Elderly in South Korea

 

Anger is a Secondary Emotion

Last week, I shared a strategy for overcoming emotional wounds and being able to authentically forgive someone who we feel has wronged us. In a nutshell, the strategy is to shift our focus to things we wish to be forgiven for.

I was moved and inspired to receive a few hundred messages from people who had wonderful insight to share. Here is a portion of one of these messages that really hit me as being true and helpful to remember when we are at the receiving end of a person's anger: Read more about Anger is a Secondary Emotion

 

A Simple Mobility Exercise to Reverse the Effects of Slouching

If you work at a desk or counter on a regular basis, chances are that you slouch forward to some degree, at least enough to cause mild to moderate tightening of the muscles that line your chest, anterior shoulder region, and even your upper arms.

This is a stretch that can you can do daily to help reverse these and other effects of slouching. Read more about A Simple Mobility Exercise to Reverse the Effects of Slouching

 

The Magic of Minimalism

If this look at Fumio Sasaki's shift to minimalism has you curious to learn more, I think you'll enjoy his book, Goodbye, Things:

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In decluttering our lives and saying goodbye to most material possessions that we truly don't need, there is so much to gain in freedom, focus, and a spirit of gratitude. Read more about The Magic of Minimalism

 

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