The Weight of the Soul

brain, soul, weight“Breathe in! Breathe out.

Breathe in and slowly move your chin to the right.

Exhale, back to center. Inhale, chin toward the right.”

I slowly lead my chin, and my mind, into a trance. I’m so ready to leave this world and get transported by the words of my yoga teacher.

“Now inhale, move your head down, toward your chest.”

Ahhhh, I sigh. God that feels good.

“After all,” the teacher explains soothingly, “the head weights 15-20 pounds. That’s….”

WHAT? My eyes pop open as they reach for the yogi’s eyes. Is she kidding?

“Yes, yes,” she says gently. That’s a lot of weight we carry on our neck.”

I stop inhaling.

I stop exhaling.

My brain races with the thought. Twenty pounds? No wonder I can’t lose weight. Those 20 pounds of pure brain tissue are keeping the scale unmoving, no matter that I gave up ice cream.

My body lists to the left. Oh shoot, I’m almost fainting because I’ve stopped breathing.

Inhale, Pam. Inhale.heavy head in yoga

But 20 POUNDS of brain? Why had I not considered this before? All the dreams and wishes and worries in there. All the love and hate (not much hate, but I really do dislike baked ham) in there. And the conversations – internally and then externally.

The soul – how much does the SOUL weigh, compared to the brain?

“Pam. Pam,” the teacher looks grieved. “Where are you?”

I stand up straighter, swaying a bit from the lack of oxygen.

“I’m leaving,” I announce.

I need to find someplace to weigh my head.

I float out the door, my head trailing behind, feeling heavier than ever before.

The soul releases

The soul releasing its weight.

25 thoughts on “The Weight of the Soul

  1. Thanks for the excuse. I knew my brain was heavy but never imagined 20 lbs. I wonder if yoga is supposed to help us get rid of all the unnecessary junk we carry around up there.


  2. Very enjoyable, cute story, but I have to let you know that the brain only weighs about 3 pounds, and you need to keep each and every little wormy twist and turn of it from getting away from you! Fat brains – good. The head, with brain in tact, still only amounts to about 10 lbs. topping you off, So all I can say is that your yoga teacher has a big head! Keep breathing…


    • Thank you for appreciating my sense of humor – I get in trouble sometimes when friends/co-workers don’t realize I’m being FUNNY :+). Ha Ha. Yes, brains are vital, thus I’ll allow them to add weight on the scale…


  3. Well, that explains a LOT! So, if I subtract that weight from the number on the scale in the morning, then I’m really where I was before I had kids. Sweet! Who needs Weight Watchers? ; )


  4. Love your sense of humor, Pam! Many years ago I sprained my neck and had to wear a neck brace for a while. The doctor told me that the neck muscles do work the equivalent of supporting a bowling ball on the top of a broomstick. That image has stuck with me ever since….


    • Oh my gosh – what a disturbing image!! But really makes us appreciate our head, doesn’t it? Or,maybe even more so, the broomstick of a body that’s holding it. Thanks for sharing!


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