Howdy, After my marriage ended all I could do was run. I ran a lot. It was during one of these runs that I had one of my first moments of enlightenment or oneness. I lived in Collingswood, NJ at the time and had a running route that took me past the Cooper River and several other bodies of water. It was a lovely route and a lovely town. In the middle of my run I passed a tree that I had always loved… it was then I lost sense of myself as I know my self to be, I felt like the tree. I was in it, around it, looking at it. all at the same time. I remember feeling connected and elated and free. I ran like I was on a pogo stick the rest of the way home.
I have had similar experiences since, but always in different settings. Usually through movement, usually around a time where I am simply relaxed and open to release. I was in down dog one of the last times I felt like I was the earth. I felt like I had been there forever and forever would remain. It was fantastic. I also finally realized how down dog could actually be a resting pose. Up until that point it was all about effort. I remember being excited for the understanding that there was so much more than I could ever imagine pertaining to the body and connecting with it. We are limitless, truly.
Movement is magic. You can overcome fear, pain, illness, resistance, worry, judgement and loss through movement. You can be brought to a place of oneness. Oneness is bringing the three parts of us together, connected. Our mind, body and spirit becoming one entity made up of 3 parts, but finally being connected and working in concert. My work is to help people move their bodies, connect with their spirit and get guidance from their soul. We do a bang up job of ignoring just about everything except our spirit (which houses our egos, personalities, characteristics, etc. and comes into existence when the soul connects with the physical), we are somewhat clueless about our soul and we ignore our bodies completely, just look around.
We have grown so far away from our physical gifts that we tell people to not get too skinny but never warn anyone of getting too fat. We ignore the fact that eating for eating sake is gluttony and suicide, true suicide, and we think feeling like shit all of the time is normal. We feel tired after we refuel and keep refueling with the same stuff that slows us down. We are becoming less connected and more miserable and sadder, and well, our health is poor, overall. How can you be connected to soul or change the vibration of your spirit when you are exhausted, sick, and slow? The practice of strengthening your body is as holy as worthwhile as strengthening your spirit. When you ignore your physical you ignore an integral part of your growth and development. When you cannot use your body to tolerate certain levels of vibration, which you can reach through various movements and activities, you stay stuck.
This is important, I want you to hear me. Your body is your church, it houses your soul and when it is clogged there is very little communication that comes through clearly. You may want to call people vain for being fit or wanting to be healthy, but try it, see how it feels to have freedom of movement, to not be attached to your next meal, and to be able to play and explore and not have the physical be a limitation but the tool for exploration. Then tell me how you feel, or that vanity is the issue (or that magazines are pushing this or that form of beauty). When you figure out how integral movement is, the rest follows. Enlightenment, joy, love, etc… they are all born from the oneness of your three parts. Ignore one and you are ignoring the whole.
If you don't already have a movement practice add it. If you have never been truly fit, seriously in shape, go for it. It won't take that long, I promise and you will find out so much about yourself in the process. It is a gift, being healthy and fit, that everyone has been given, now just take the ribbon off and open the box.