Saturday, August 28, 2010

Yesterday's yoga practice was a routine for anxiety.  Not that I was experiencing anxiety at the time, but I often do have difficulties with a generalized anxiety. Today I concentrated on neck and shoulders, again, not because of specific complaint, although I do have occasional problems with neck and shoulders, especially during the winter months.  Tomorrow, I think I'll try a Viniyoga practice for hypothyroidism.  My medication adjustment seems to be working quite well, but I am having fun going through the various practices.
Amelia and I went to see The Girl Who Played With Fire at the Robinson last night.  The film, based on the second novel in Stieg Larsson's Millennium series, is Swedish and has subtitles.  Although I've read many reviews of the film and most are very positive, Amelia and I were disappointed.  The film concentrated on the action and not the characters or even on Larsson's original plot.  It was like visual outtakes of action scenes from the story slapped together in more or less chronological order, without all the meat of the meat concerning character development and background. 

We both wondered how much we would have understood if we had not read the book before seeing the film.  The characters had little depth and didn't fit our vision of how they should look.  It is always difficult to accept a film after reading the book because you have formed such vivid mental images of the people, the locations, the events.  Larsson's books are long and involved; the film must have been a great challenge when deciding what to include, what to omit. I didn't find their choices entirely successful.  It will be interesting to how Hollywood approaches the transition from novel to film.

After the movie, we went to Indigo, an Indian restaurant.  Amelia ordered lamb dumplings and I ordered roasted eggplant.  Then we split...  Both dishes were delicious.  There was plenty left over for take-away, too!
Did you know that you can actually alter DNA by what you are thinking?  Glen Rein discovered that people holding DNA (genetic material) in solution in a test tube were able to alter the DNA by "allowing their hearts to be full of positive and loving emotions."

Believing that your thoughts and emotions can change your attitude is one thing, but seeing scientific studies that illustrate the concept in some factual way is marvelous.  The same participants were given ECGs and their heart rhythms became more rhythmic when thinking loving, appreciative thoughts.  Read an excerpt about the studies here
Back to working on the 3 dolls in progress.


  1. I just watched the Swedish version of The Girl with the Dragon Tatoo on Wednesday had the English audio. It was just ok, though the girl was a pretty good casting. I think it would be nearly impossible to do these books justice...and I am glad I had read them before I saw it because I don't think I would have known what was going on otherwise. I felt the same way about Eat, Pray, Love...I wasn't crazy about that book or the movie, to be honest.

    I completely believe that what you think is what you I am definitely going to follow your links to read more.

    I could use some anti-anxiety yoga...not at the moment, but often...

    Hey, I just started The Forgotten Garden tonight...

  2. Debby, so it wasn't just me that found it the film last than coherent! I'm glad you said that about Eat, Pray, Love...I still have the book, but just can't make myself read it. Thought maybe I'd see the movie, now I think I'll skip that, too.

    I was fascinated that thought could literally alter the way the DNA strands twisted!

    Hope you like The Forgotten Garden, it isn't perfect, but I really enjoyed it!

  3. I just finished The Girl trilogy. We saw the first movie and thought it was very well done. They left out characters and most of the sex. We have not seen the second movie yet. It will be interesting to see what the Hollywood versions will be.

  4. Gerrie --I have the Girl With the Dragon Tatto in my Netflix que. I'm looking forward to it, even if I was disappointed with Fire.

  5. I have known (deeply) for years that thoughts are things. You can change more than just your DNA with what I call "stinkin' thinkin'." What you think out to the universe will come back to you multiplied, so always think good thoughts. My sister, who shares my DNA, is negative and brooding, and selfish. She is not only lonely and pathetic, she is also poor and sickly. Coincidence? I think not.

  6. I agree, Rian. Thoughts shape your perception and your perception shapes reality. "Thoughts become things. Think the good ones."


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