Thanksgiving Day                                                      

I'm Marvella.   Back Pain Survivor.

I’m Marvella.
Back Pain Survivor.



        Another day which could be a model for every day. Giving thanks,

being thankful is a good feeling.


    I’m thankful I’m here right now, breathing in, breathing out, enjoying earth life with all its nature, color, sounds, music, mind, body. All free of charge!


Was it Gurdjieff who spoke of Self-remembering? Others speak of the Christ within. Or a Higher Self, Higher Power, Spiritual Aspect, God. Many names used to describe a universal sense of MORE.


In some respects within and without are synonymous—what you see is what you get—what we create through our own perceptions and imagination.


What happens between here and there? Life.  May as well be grateful.

Continued Learning


I am learning so many new things:  

I'm Marvella.   Back Pain Survivor.

I’m Marvella.
Back Pain Survivor.

  • blogging
  • wordpress
  • making a DVD
  • making home videos
  • learning voice over
  • learning Mac computing
  • joining Facebook, Linkedin, Twitter (still learning)
  • writing & sharing


It’s overwhelming and exciting! I have a mission, a purpose, and it makes me feel more alive.


It is kind of ego-ific to see what I create on screen.


When I taught Physics & Math, I encouraged my students to read and try the problems on their own—to try to figure out for themselves—before I explained or answered any questions. My argument was:


“Are you going to stop learning when you graduate from H.S.? Or are you going to continue to learn throughout your life?”

“You need to practice straining your brain, challenging yourself.”


Experts say that learning new skills creates new pathways in your brain, making one more mentally agile. You can lift weights for muscle growth. You can improve your mental capacity through brain strain.


At the end of each day, I ask

“Was this a good day?”

“What did I accomplish?”

“Did I learn something new today.”


A “yes” makes me happy.




Music Without Words

I'm Marvella.   Back Pain Survivor.

I’m Marvella.
Back Pain Survivor.

Music is like a bridge between our conscious and unconscious, between matter and energy. Although science has shown that matter is another form of energy. Music can enter, permeate, vibrate your matter, mind, your being. Certain music puts one in a certain state. A menu of music, a menu of emotions. We can choose the chords we want vibrating through our system.

Science and medicine have found music therapeutic for

  • traumatic brain injury
  •  Parkinson’s disease
  • Huntington’s disease
  • cerebral palsy
  • Alzheimer’s disease,
  • autism
  • MS
  • muscular dystrophy
  • stroke

 Neurologic music therapy (NMT) is the therapeutic application of music to cognitive, sensory, and motor dysfunctions that come from human neurologic diseases .

There is music and movement that encourage contemplation and an open, receptive mind. That is the kind I favor for my purposes—slow body movements to heal & strengthen the back and contemplative music to explore mind and open it to inspiration. I’m thinking of maximizing human potential.


I think the difference between what I do and the other exercise instructors is really feed the music through my veins, nerves, muscles. I know the established exercises and try to incorporate them, consciously, into my movements. But I open myself up to my body, my unconscious, my whole brain to the music and try to blend them. Music touches more of the brain than does language. It’s like one would move in the shower so the warm flow hits here and there. Same with music.

Hit me here, and here, with that note! Yes, in this joint, in this muscle.

I choose music with no words because I want to be open.  Words distract me and grab my attention.  

It also seems like it would be better to listen to music that is new to you, rather than music full of memories.

I’m tapping into the open.  

Into the Universal Language Sphere


I Lost Lots of Weight

I'm Marvella.   Back Pain Survivor.

I’m Marvella.
Back Pain Survivor.

I’m down to 118 lbs–that’s more than a 40 lb. loss!  I need to take the weight off my joints, plus in doing my DVD–I look better.  I’m trying to lose weight, but also seem to have lost a great  interest in eating.  I eat at the computer and sometimes forget I’m still in the middle of a meal.  Sometimes it seems like an overlong meal and a chore to continue eating.


I start with 1/4 cup each of frozen raspberries, pineapple, and blueberries with homemade yogurt from organic milk sweetened with stevia.  My second breakfast is about 3 hrs. later–an omelet combo of one real egg mixed with egg whites, Laughing cow cream cheese, and frozen grapes (I was freezing fresh cherries until they went out of season. Delicious!)


Lunch might be 1/4 cup nuts.  Some organic, some not.  I love the salt but need to watch it. When I do my own “salting” I use Himalayan Pink Salt.  It has extra nutritious minerals.  Maybe some fermented veggies for probiotic gut health.  I recently mixed up avacado, fermented garlic, & salsa for a dip for celery.


Dinner is homemade soup (veggie or butternut), salad (spring mix organic), one egg, black olives, carrots, celery, sprouts (easy to do–I do peas and sunflower seeds), dressing is straight balsamic vinegar, although I’m going to experiment with some other homemade dressing.  Maybe more nuts or veggies.  I’m not vegetarian, but close.


I also try to stop eating around 4 or 5pm.  I do avoid GMO  and processed foods.  He suggests intermittent fasting, stating that the body takes 8 hrs to digest a meal, after that it starts working on your fat content for food, so the longer between dinner and breakfast, the more fat you burn.

I count calories and record when, what, and time.  I find time helpful when I feel a hunger pang to look at what time I last ate and decide if I am really hungry or just pretend hungry.  I try to keep my calorie consumption between 1000 and 1200 per day.  I don’t eat after my last meal of the  day, which is about 4pm or so.  I do chew –a lot of gum–after that, which I know I must quit and find something better to keep my mouth and throat fresh.  I have tried putting peppermint tincture in water.  Better, but not quite as exciting as that initial gum chew.  Any suggestions here?  I try to drink lots of water.


I’m feeling good.



Water Your Spinal Discs!

I'm Marvella.   Back Pain Survivor.

I’m Marvella.
Back Pain Survivor.



The most important ingredient to our survival, other than the air we breathe, is the water we drink. The discs in our spine are filled with water. When we become dehydrated, our discs shrink, thus collapsing our spine just a little. (2-3 inches in a lifetime)  The rest of our body is also dependent on clean water. Blood would flow nowhere, if not for water.


Up to 60 percent of the human body is water, the brain is composed of 70 percent water, and the lungs are nearly 90 percent water. We are a water-based species. Of the water content on earth, only 2.75% is fresh water, including 2.05% frozen in glaciers, 0.68% as groundwater and 0.011% of it as surface water in lakes and rivers.  


We must protect our water supply and not let short term oil and gas greed poison our precious water supply. Spills in the Gulf and the ocean were terrible. Spills in our rare groundwater will prove devastating. 



Help Your Back, Change Your World

  I will define myself and my goals today. Being diagnosed with multiple back glitches has inspired me to be here. I'm Marvella.

I’m Marvella,


My qualifications:

  • Bad back
  • Natural researcher
  • Many years studying human mind/spirit potential
  • Student of Nutrition
  • Naturalist (no surgery please)


My method:

  • Roll around on the floor and think
  • Or not think, and roll around on the floor
  • Or just open and receive, while rolling around on the floor :)


Everyone has a back. These are core movements mostly. Young and old can benefit. Your back muscles support your spine. 

 I’ve always related to music by moving. I don’t know a measure, but my body knows the movement. I’m thinking I can suggest or demonstrate movements to music that others can follow, and maybe we can avoid the knife, laser, whatever that has become so prevalent these days.

 Music and movement go beyond logic and language. They stimulate more parts of our brain. Parts where creative ideas and self-healing come from. There is music therapy, dance therapy, so why not world movement therapy?  I’m not a physical therapist, but have been advised by several.  

 Moving to meditative, but inspirational, motivational instrumentals can heal your body and your soul. Listen for it. We need some soulful awakenings. This world is only going to improve through a growth in human awareness. We cannot spend our way to a better world. We need less emphasis on $$$ and more emphasis on ^^^.



No Surgery Please.