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Sandy L. Patient Expert

La Jolla, California
I retired from academia in 2003 and began to take a closer look at myself and figure out - what next? I had accumulated a lot of stress in my life, as many of us do, and so I was ready for a change. I also learned that I had a mild form of heart disease aggravated by stress, so I reduced my... Full Bio
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A busy mind by Sandy L. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Heart Health Yesterday I had a busy mind. I wasn’t worried or upset about anything in particular, simply thinking about what I was going to do that day. After waking up half ... Read on »
An Experiment in Mindfulness by Sandy L. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Heart Health Over the past several months I’ve talked about being mindful and present to each moment of our lives. It’s so easy to forget. To fall back on old habits. To bl ... Read on »
Communing with Nature by Sandy L. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Heart Health This past weekend I was reminded about the benefits of communing with nature.   I was in Muir Woods, just north of San Francisco.   It was a holiday weekend and the park ... Read on »
Don’t Worry. Be Happy. by Sandy L. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Heart Health Don’t worry. Be happy. It’s hard to be happy these days when we are bombarded with all the bad news about the Iraq war and the economy. ... Read on »
Dreaming of Nature by Sandy L. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Heart Health Did you ever wake up slowly from a pleasant dream, remembering all the details and wishing it would never end? That was how I began the morning. Parts of the dre ... Read on »
Equinox Monday by Sandy L. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Heart Health This equinox message is from Frank (Rico) Hayhurst here– and I thought it so  right, I want to share it with you today: Celebrating Solstices and Equinoxes has become a tre ... Read on »
Five Benefits of Massage by Sandy L. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Heart Health Ever since I discovered I had heart disease, I treat myself to a monthly massage to keep my stress in check and to relieve muscle tension in my neck and shoulders.  Whil ... Read on »
Limited and Unlimited Views by Sandy L. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Heart Health I’m reading David Frawley’s book “Vedantic Meditation.”   He writes about how our lives present us with both limited and unlimited views of the world.   So this morning ... Read on »
Live From Your Heart by Sandy L. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Heart Health Each morning when I complete my yoga practice and come down for breakfast, I start the day with a cup of tea.   I tend to drink Yogi or Good Earth Teas because they have ... Read on »
Lots of Teabag Wisdom by Sandy L. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Heart Health  Last week I had a bad cold.  It made it’s home in my sinuses and the only relief was laying down.  I drank a lot of tea and contemplated the wisdom instead of thinking abo ... Read on »
Mental happiness teabag wisdom by Sandy L. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Heart Health Here’s a little teabag wisdom to get your day going. “Mental happiness is total relaxation.” Now, this is good. Wha ... Read on »
Moonlight in the Western Sky by Sandy L. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Heart Health It’s a half hour before sunrise as I grab my cup of tea and head out the door.   The sky is cloudless blue as light ascends on San Diego.   The near full moon lights my way ... Read on »
More Teabag Wisdom by Sandy L. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Heart Health I must be drinking a lot of tea lately, or maybe blogging a little less, because my teabag tags are accumulating. Some sayings are just too good to throw away, so ... Read on »
Pay Attention by Sandy L. Patient Expert 2 Comments Posted in: Blog Posts in Heart Health How many times have you heard someone say “Pay Attention”? I can remember my teacher from first grade saying that all the time. In school, we were asked to pay at ... Read on »
Pay Attention by Sandy L. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Heart Health How many times have you heard someone say “Pay Attention”? I can remember my teacher from first grade saying that all the time. In school, ... Read on »
People I Admire by Sandy L. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Heart Health Thanks to Barrie Summy for organizing this roundup about the people we admire. For the past several days, I’ve thought about which person I most admire.  I’d ... Read on »
Pratipaksha Bhavana by Sandy L. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Heart Health The Yoga Sutras refer to negative thoughts (Vitarka) and how to get rid of them.   The solution is to think of something positive.   This is pratipaksha bhavana and is so m ... Read on »
Still Alice by Lisa Genova by Sandy L. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Heart Health Click icon for more book review blogs@Barrie Summy A friend gave me Still Alice the day before my flight back to Illinois to visit my 87 year old mother.   I ... Read on »
The Alchemist by Sandy L. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Heart Health I just reread a great book I’d like to share with you, The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho.  The story is about a boy from Spain who became a Shepard in order to travel and ... Read on »
The Important Things in Life by Sandy L. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Heart Health Did you ever stop to consider the important things in life? Maybe what’s important to one person isn’t as important to the next. But as I sit in bed, sipping my ... Read on »