Growing up, many of our parents would demand that we sit up and stop slouching, for no other reason than it might make us look bad. But there are so many other elements to the importance of posture, elements that are affecting millions of us every day
To me, the visible signs of aging -- stiffness of movement or a slouched posture, for example -- are evidence that we are drying up -- our joint capsules are drier, the connective tissue throughout our bodies becomes drier.
In my quest to reinvent myself as I turn 60, Ericka had become my image and confidence coach and I was dying to learn the secrets of poise and style so that I could be a better leader and teacher by changing my image. As an image coach, Ericka's skill set was perfect for what I needed.
At some point in almost everyone's teen years, a well-meaning parent or teacher tells us to correct the way we're standing or sitting. It is a pose based on notions of "good posture" that are more myth than fact.
My teacher, Gelek Rimpoche, always says -- "Drip, drip, drip, the bucket fills." He means that if we meditate a little bit everyday, eventually our mind and heart shift toward more kindness and clarity.