Get in Your Body and Move it

Get in Your Body and Move it

The least movement is of importance to all nature. The entire ocean is affected by a pebble. Blaise Pascal

When you offer your attention to a thing, you open up your hands to the magic of the moment. If you do that while you are also moving through space, as we do all day as humans, you can radically transform your life. You are here in a human body and you can use that body to awaken the song of your heart.

How to do that? Start moving your body more. The simple act of shifting your body will shift your mind.

Moshe Feldenkrais says, I believe that the unity of mind and body is an objective reality. They are not just parts somehow related to each other, but an inseparable whole while functioning.  

As a kid, I carried the weight of my broken family around. I spoke only to my best friend, a sock monkey named Monkey. I learned early on that when I moved my body through space, I felt better. So I moved, I danced, I ran, I sported (badly). When I got into yoga at 17, it was like a bell rang and I finally could put the pieces of myself back together. Yoga showed me how to have a relationship with awareness and movement together.

Here’s a funny analogy: Imagine a Botoxed brow, unmovable and with a consistently surprised look. This is like your body when it doesn’t move regularly. Our eyebrows and eye wrinkles signal compassionate understanding, empathy and laughter to others, they make connections. With mindfulness and care, our bodies learn to respond joyfully when joy is felt and move with grief when it arises. Without a loving connection to our bodies, we become frozen in our habits and/or pain just like that expressionless forehead.

When we stop moving our bodies, we are training ourselves to separate movement from life. We lose the ability to authentically express our ideas, feelings and life’s work. Embodiment is the work of coming more alive as yourself; learning to feel comfortable and confident in your own skin.

I move every day because movement brings me closer to spirit and reminds me that I am not separate from nature, but a part of everything. It reminds me that I am home. My work here is to teach you how to be more embodied, more whole, more alive. How? Start by moving just a little more. Move your breath more. Move your eyes more. Relax your belly. All of these things will open the door to awareness, which will lead you to your own wisdom. Movement will lead you home.

 

All that is important is this one moment is movement. Make the moment important, vital, and worth living. Do not let it slip away unnoticed and unused. Martha Graham

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