I visited Dr. Hahn last week.  He’s my favorite acupuncturist, for those who may be new to my blog–spread the word and be sure to “Like” my Reshape with Ape Facebook page too.  He is always inspirational and often gives me something to think on, typically from the Tao Te Ching.  This is not a quote because I cannot exactly remember word for word–but he said something along the lines of how we evolve through our transgressions.  It’s been stuck in my head and I’ve been considering it deeply.

Think about that.

We should ensure we understand how a transgression is defined.  Hmm…


noun \-ˈgre-shən\


: an act, process, or instance of transgressing: as a : infringement or violation of a law, command, or duty b : the spread of the sea over land areas and the consequent unconformable deposit of sediments on older rocks


  1. <acts that are transgressionsagainst the laws of civilized societies everywhere>
  2. <a dying woman asking for divine forgiveness for a lifetime of transgressions>**(From

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I like Wikipedia’s description of Transgression too:

Transgression may be:

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 You really have to dig deep on this one. :)

It all started because I asked where Dr. Hahn went for vacation and he shared.  I think I was able to relate so well because Kevin and I went to Yellowstone last year in May and the vacation is often on my mind because it was so great.  As Dr. Hahn shared stories about his vacation, I was so excited for him because I was thoroughly overwhelmed by the beauty of nature while I was there.  I have a lot of vacation photos from our traveling over the past 5 years, but the Yellowstone pictures are often the ones I still look at.

Dr. Hahn’s words are meant to inspire–that’s why i’m sharing with you! He wants to teach me how to treat my body nicely, and not overdo it.  I’ve gotten way better–Don’t abuse it with too many kettlebells, too much running, etc.  His words are meant to leave me thinking, pondering, and wondering how I can change and “free up” my body from crap–crap is my word not his. He always laughs when I add it in. I can just picture his smile when I verbalize what i’m hearing vs. what he said to ensure I fully understand.  I’m sharing some of my pictures from Yellowstone below.

While at Yellowstone, Kev and I truly had to take a step back and accept the unexpected.  We were snowed in, with no power, and all roads to the park were CLOSED.  We travel each year, but this easily could have been a catastrophe–especially after making a decision to pack up and leave resulting in sodas exploded and carrying luggage down flights of steps.  However, we embraced nature, enjoyed the trip and took a step back to makes some changes.  It turned out of be one of my favorite and best trips ever!  A really great bonding experience for Kev and I.  We didn’t allow ourselves to fall to the impending transgressions, although there were certainly a few chances where we almost lost it….Evolve from transgressions.

Dr. Hahn was talking about the animals at Yellowstone, because he knows I love animals so much, and of course I went through the list of all the animals we saw when we were there.  He said to think about animals and how they deal with life.  How nature can change so greatly from one day to the next for them.  Think about the bear at Yellowstone who sees the people swarming ever so closely to snap a photo of him do do doo-ing along–what do they think of us?  (There is actually a photo above of an idiot getting VERY close to a bear just to snap a picture.)  We were stuck in the traffic.  I was hanging out the window trying to see too, but didn’t get out.  The humans are essentially in a cage in Yellowstone because we are at the mercy of nature and the animals in their home.  Kevin and I encountered this first hand when we became snowed in and without any electricity, oh and all roads were closed.  Very interesting.  How many people fail to change their behavior in such a scenario?  I actually saw a woman dangling her child in front of an elk that was easily getting ticked off at her behavior and invasion of his personal space.  I should also note that there was a baby elk bedded nearby–talk about complete stupidity!

More on Growing


Growing is something extremely important.  It is something continually occurring, otherwise, we can become stale, not so fresh, etc.  Another analogy Dr. Hahn gave to me in the past is one of a tomato plant’s life.  Think about a tomato plant, beginning it’s life in a pot.  It can only grow so far with the soil initially provided.  Regardless of how pretty the pot may be or the size you initially chose, eventually, it has to come out of the pot.  It has to have new soil too.  Sometimes it needs assistance with sticks or some contraption to help it stand up straight.  It will thrive most in the ground where it can expand as it desires and become fruitful.  Can you relate this to your life?

Another time when we may struggle with transgressions could result from the freedom of growth and development–turning 18, or 21, or 30….

For a long time in our lives, we live under our parents’ roof.  We live by their rules.  Period.  There is no arguing with parents while living there.  But then, when we grow older, we begin to live by our own rules. Our parents’ rules can effect us positively or negatively. Oftentimes, it is what YOU do with how you were raised that will determine the destiny of your life.  Can you evolve?  There is certainly an opportunity to transgress when you leave home because you’re a free spirit–well, you are but you still have morals and guidelines to stick to in life.  Free to do what you want, desire, etc.  With careful consideration, we learn the value of life.  Some of us are still learning, and that is great.  As long as you take time to breathe and learn.

Sometimes when we grow we have to teach our parents some things. Because, by our development and growth, we are able to learn things that might contradict what our parents wanted us to know or what they taught us. Ha! Parents aren’t always right, but when they are…. boy oh boy….

How can you evolve from your transgressions?

Think.  Dig Deep.  You’re awesome.


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