Hey Strangers – it’s been awhile. I’ve been wrestling with words these days, though I’ve had lots of thoughts running through my mind. I guess you could say, I’ve been confused.
I spend a lot of my time doing businessy-type stuff as I build on my program looking to see where it best fits in this big world. I’m exposed to fitness trends, look at a thousand messages/images a day and see what’s “hot” in our industry. Selling fitness is a strange pursuit – it confronts you with the values of the hour – yours, the culture at large and that place where they collide, connect and conflict.
There’s a lot of mystery around health. The acres of books about diets and best workouts attest to this. Literally, I encounter at least one new product/program a day confidently promising that if I do what they say, I’ll move towards health, happiness and freedom. The 7 laws, the 6 steps, the 5 foods to avoid, etc.. All of them promise the perfect prescription. Yet, we are noticing that when we start connecting to all these great solutions, we lose the connection to ourselves.
No one knows our own needs like we do. No one knows our bodies like we do. When it comes to your sweet life, you are the only expert that matters.
In terms of physical health, I am certain that movement is a big key. But what flavour of movement – well, that’s in your very capable hands to determine. At the very least, we need to have some kind of movement practice that connects us to both the constrictions and freedom in our bodies. Movement matters. Breathe matters. Sinking in to our bodies matters. Whether it’s doing Hit to Fit, running 20K, having sex, walking a block, lying on your back with your feet resting on a chair, or crawling on your hands and knees in the dirt – our bodies are our connection to our lives at large. If we’re not present in our bodies when we move, we could be washing the dishes, doing CrossFit or Yoga and we’ll get hurt.
The perfect prescription? Take the time and make the intention to connect with your body. Slow down. Breathe. Drop your ambition. Be where you are. Accept what comes up – your body knows you better than your mind does. Be loving to yourself. Find those sore spots, move into them, let go and move again. Experiment with movement in your own home and see what movements make you feel free in your body. Crawl on the floor, find the most restful position to lay your worries down, jump up and down, do a headstand, raise your arms and shimmy your hips – whatever it is, move in a way that makes you smile.