Solutions and Salutations!

Yes, I’ve been told that learning a musical instrument or Spanish might be more useful, but I’ve decided learning Sanskrit is my challenge to myself this year!

'Sanskrit' in Sanskrit

‘Sanskrit’ in Sanskrit

In 2012 I experienced an extreme case of anemia.  While my hemoglobin and hematocrit scores are all up, I must admit, that my memory took one for the team.  (Body – check, Good moods – check!)  It seemed to me that losing memory function at 39 was probably normal and that I just had a better memory than most, so I just noticed it going.

Ooooh noooo, my doctor shook her head at me!  No, 39 years old is too young to be experiencing memory loss, she told me.  Turns out that memory loss is a symptom of anemia.  And as all of my good friends can tell you, I made quiet a few jokes about my memory changing last year.

Honestly, it’s not just my memory with dates or names or what to get at the grocery store.  There’s also been things like finding myself staring at all of the kitchen cabinets and wondering what I was doing there…and then realizing I really wanted to be at the hall closet to get a new towel.

On December 31st, I turned 40 & I have plenty of more years with this brain… So!  Learning Sanskrit is my way of working my brain in new ways.

Sunday was my first class and we went over the alphabet, pronunciation and beginning to write.  It was great!  My mind, hands and tongue all worked together and at times ran in opposite directions.  Learning languages as an adult is so much more fun for me than learning was as a kid.  I can get a good laugh out of myself instead of thinking about tests.

I love that I’m learning something so old, but I can only rely on my modern experiences for things to make sense.  For instance we were learning the sound na (which has a dot under the n) and sounds like gna or gnn-yah.  I was really messing it up and the teacher said, “you know like at the end of sing”.  I tried again, but realized that when we say bring, sing, etc those end a word, so my mouth was having a hard time putting that sound at the beginning of a word.  Then I thought, “Gnocchi”!  Oh, I’ve been saying that all my life!  And then I had it 🙂   Thanks, Grandma Grace (my Italian grandma).

What feels the best right now, is that I took a problem I was having and applied the solution in a very ME way.  Although maybe it’s not a surprise that I’m a out of the box healer?

Stumbling with Grace,
Kim