Lyric prose meditations that play with elements from evangelical Christianity, Buddhism, yoga, reiki, Tarot and “weird voodoo shit.”
~by Cindy Clem
Opening Exercise: Cause yourself physical pain. You could pinch yourself, bang your elbow against the corner of the table, or stab yourself with scissors in the thigh. Sit with the pain. Imagine for it a shape, a color, a texture, a taste (don’t actually taste it, weirdo). Ask yourself, “What has caused this pain?”
“Plantar fasciitis (say “PLAN-ter fash-ee-EYE-tus”) is the most common cause of heel pain. If you strain your plantar fascia, it gets weak, swollen, and irritated (inflamed). Then your heel or the bottom of your foot hurts when you stand or walk. Plantar fasciitis is common in middle-aged people.” ~WebMD
Plantar fasciitis, for those of you don’t know, feels like a toothache in your heel, ala Old Dan Tucker, who died of this ailment. Achilles, despite his dip in the Styx, died of heel injury. Some middle-aged people’s heels hurt so badly they have to use a cane.