Mind, Body and Spirit

Stumbling Blocks

MIND, BODY AND SPIRIT Laurie Kasperbauer lkasperbauer@gmail.com “When obstacles arise, you change your direction to reach your goal, you do not change your decision to get there.”  ~ Zig Ziglar Our grandson Boone is 4 years old, and the middle of three children. I’m not sure how important it is that he’s a “middle child” except that my husband and I ... Read More »

AKA…Mosquitoes

MIND, BODY AND SPIRIT Laurie Kasperbauer lkasperbauer@gmail.com “In the practice of tolerance, one’s enemy is the best teacher.” ~ Dalai Lama When I was a child in the ‘60s, our family went on a camping vacation every summer. We packed a “pop-up” camper with all the essentials and pulled it behind our Oldsmobile to the mountains of Colorado or a ... Read More »

Why Yoga?

MIND, BODY And Spirit Laurie Kasperbauer lkasperbauer@gmail.com “Do you do yoga to live a better life, or do you live to do better yoga?” ~ Leslie Kaminoff The origin of yoga dates back more than 5,000 years, and across thousands of miles to northern India. What began as ancient texts of songs and rituals for Vedic priests, has been examined, ... Read More »

Closer to Normal

MIND, BODY AND SPIRIT Laurie Kasperbauer lkasperbauer@gmail.com “I may not be there yet, but I’m closer than I was yesterday.” ~ José N. Harris Three weeks ago my prosthetic knee was in a sterile package, sitting on a shelf somewhere, with my name on it. Twenty-four hours later, it was removed from its packaging, and carefully installed in the place ... Read More »

On the Mend

MIND, BODY AND SPIRIT Laurie Kasperbauer lkasperbauer@gmail.com “To get through the hardest journey we need to take only one step at a time, but we must keep on stepping.” – Chinese Proverb The worst is behind me. Or the worst is ahead. Possibly, I’m in the worst moment right now. I’ve been debating this with myself since my knee surgery five ... Read More »

Anticipation and Dread

MIND, BODY AND SPIRIT Laurie Kasperbauer lkasperbauer@gmail.com “There is no terror in the bang, only in the anticipation of it.” ~ Alfred Hitchcock Alfred Hitchcock was a masterful movie producer and director in the mid 1900s, with a gift for creating suspense. Born in England, he became a U.S. citizen in 1955, and set the standard for both drama and horror ... Read More »

Stick and Move

MIND, BODY And Spirit Laurie Kasperbauer lkasperbauer@gmail.com “The strength of a tree lies in its ability to bend.” ~ Zen Proverb One day, a couple of years ago, I backed out of my driveway to run a few errands. Seatbelt on. XM Radio tuned in. Sunglasses in place. I was headed down a main thoroughfare here on the island when ... Read More »

Choose Happiness

MIND, BODY AND SPIRIT Laurie Kasperbauer  lkasperbauer@gmail.com “Happiness is a choice, not a result. Nothing will make you happy until you choose to be happy. No person will make you happy unless you decide to be happy. Your happiness will not come to you. It can only come from you.” ~ Ralph Marston At a recent yoga class, I had a ... Read More »

Spinach and Junior Mints

MIND, BODY And Spirit Laurie Kasperbauer lkasperbauer@gmail.com “Everything in moderation, including moderation.” ~ Oscar Wilde When I was young I used to watch a popular cartoon titled Popeye. The main character was a somewhat gnarly-looking sailor man who smoked a pipe and had an anchor tattoo on his arm. Popeye had a love interest named Olive Oyl and a long-standing ... Read More »

Listen to Your Heart

MIND, BODY And Spirit Laurie Kasperbauer lkasperbauer@gmail.com “It’s impossible.” Said Pride. “It’s risky.” Said Experience. “It’s pointless.” Said Reason. “Give it a try.” Whispered the Heart. There’s an inspirational book titled, “Waking” by Matthew Sanford. The book is based on the real-life events of Mr. Sanford’s life. When he was 13 years old, he and his family were traveling through ... Read More »

Fate, Love and Choice

MIND, BODY AND SPIRIT Laurie Kasperbauer lkasperbauer@gmail.com When I was 16, I worked as a clerk in a grocery store in my Iowa hometown. I earned about $2.35 an hour, and over the course of a week, I might clear twenty bucks. I liked the independence of having money in my pocket and in my bank account. But mostly I ... Read More »

A Hometown Visit

MIND, BODY And Spirit Laurie Kasperbauer lkasperbauer@gmail.com I’m from a small town in west central Iowa. My husband and I both grew up there. We were born in the same hospital where our four children were also born. For 50 years, Carroll was our home. We grew a business there. We established friendships in grade school that have lasted through ... Read More »

“The Best Gifts”

MIND, BODY And Spirit Laurie Kasperbauer lkasperbauer@gmail.com As a child, I remember the days of December being the slowest of the entire year. With so much anticipation for Santa and the packages he would bring, I’d go to bed early just to get to the next day faster. From the perspective of an adult, I now find the days before ... Read More »

MIND, BODY And Spirit: The Heart of the Matter

Laurie Kasperbauer lkasperbauer@gmail.com “I have found that it’s not WHAT I have in my life but WHO I have in my life that counts.” ~ Author Unknown We have reached that time of year when I feel as though I’m at the top of a roller coaster, the very highest peak, after a long, steady climb. As I peer over ... Read More »

MIND, BODY AND SPIRIT: Navigating Change

Laurie Kasperbauer  “Challenges are what make life interesting. Overcoming them is what makes it meaningful.” ~ Author Unknown In the late 1990s I was elected to the local board of education in my Iowa hometown. In my inaugural year, our board was asked to read a book as part of a team-building exercise. The book, “Who Moved My Cheese?” by ... Read More »

A Day of Gratitude

MIND, BODY And Spirit Laurie Kasperbauer  “As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.” ~ John F. Kennedy There’s something about water that draws us in. The vista of a lake; the intimacy of a pond. Even a puddle can entice the temptation to connect ... Read More »

The Contradiction in My Yard

MIND, BODY AND SPIRIT Laurie Kasperbauer lkasperbauer@gmail.com I’m not sure when I heard a quote from Buddha for the first time, but for as long as I can remember, the image of Buddha has been associated with peace in my mind. This association gained solidity when I did my 200-hour yoga teacher training. Of course, the ancient sage, Gautama Buddha was ... Read More »

I Am Not My Brain

MIND, BODY And Spirit Laurie Kasperbauer  I have osteoarthritis in my knees. And in a roundabout way, my knee pain landed me in the office of a neurologist. A necessary step according to my cautious orthopedic surgeon, so I rolled my eyes (to myself) and dragged my feet all the way to the neurologist’s doorstep. After an MRI and a ... Read More »

It’s All in Your Head

MIND, BODY And Spirit Laurie Kasperbauer  I was boarding a plane, heading for home a few weeks ago, when I spied my seat up ahead. I like the aisle seat where I can get up and move around easily to stretch and move my restless legs. So there in the middle seat sat a beautiful young woman with her arms ... Read More »

The Truth Will Set You Free

MIND, BODY And Spirit Laurie Kasperbauer  Many years ago our youngest son was in his last year or two of college when he called us on a Sunday afternoon. My husband took the call and I watched his face go from surprise to amusement as he heard the news our son was sharing. Feeling left out, I motioned to my ... Read More »