No.9, November 29, 2015


Musings on wellness from Donna Simmons, Feldenkrais ® Practitioner

“Piglet noticed that even though he had a Very Small Heart, it could hold a rather large amount of Gratitude.” A.A. Milne

Winnie the Pooh is a magical tale that many of us have either read or, more likely, had read to us. This quote reminds me of the day my niece called to say she was having a hard time trying to “…look at the glass as half full, Auntie. Today it feels half empty”.
My reply was to share with her what I do when feeling my glass is half empty:
“ What I do is pour the water into a smaller glass and suddenly my glass is overflowing.” She thought this was a great idea ( and I was given the honour of being a wise Auntie for a few days).
On these days when the sun light seems to vanish earlier and earlier and the air is colder and colder it may seem difficult to remember the things for which we can be grateful. I suggest starting with the small stuff we tend to take for granted. Make a list, including “routine” pleasures such as being able to smell the coffee (or tea), being able to run to the store to buy that essential forgotten ingredient, having the freedom to observe a loved one sitting quietly reading a book, and the presence of mind to say “I love you” when it matters. You might also include being able to recognize a time for stillness and reflection. You may be surprised how much you are taking for granted.
Albert Schweitzer once noted: “At times, our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us.”
So remember to take heart: there are moments when we feel alone, overwhelmed, saddened by loss or simply tired of navigating the obstacles and distractions of life. Take a moment and reflect on those in your circle who you can always count on, friends near and far, family members, teachers and guides. I encourage you to take a deep breath and exhale all that you don’t need. Take a moment to be grateful for all that you have, instead of grieving for that which you lack. Trust in the fullness of life and turn the unexpected into a gift, an opportunity for personal growth, a discovery of the abundance in your life.
I send you all wishes for abundant health, happiness, laughter and love this holiday season.
With Gratitude,

Donna Simmons

Donna Simmons graduated in 1993 from Berkeley Movement Studies Institute Guild Certified Feldenkrais Professional Training, in San Rafael California, and is a Guild Certified Assistant Trainer. She also holds a JFK Graduate School of Holistic Studies degree from the Department of Holistic Health.

Working with Donna you can learn new ways to move as an essential addition to the treatment of neurological, orthopaedic, chronic pain, and stress-related conditions.