I live within a few blocks of a lovely lake with a path that goes all the way around. On any given day hundreds of people circle around walking, running, on roller blades or bicycles and pushing strollers.
I am sure you have noticed some of the same things I do. Some people are walking or jogging with friends, smiling, laughing and so glad to be outside enjoying the day. On the opposite end of the spectrum, there is a man running alone, beet red face looking like he is being tortured. I know people who go to the gym for an hour before or after work, check their email while on a machine and act like they are just putting in their time.
I don’t think this is going to create the kind of health we are really searching for. I think finding activity we truly enjoy, the kind that makes our hearts sing, is essential.
Our bodies love physical activity, especially when it occurs outside in a natural setting. Think of the contrast between a nice walk through a densely forested area and a walk through a busy city. The difference in the way our body feels in each setting is a clue to whether we are nourishing our body or creating distress.
There are two kinds of physical activity that I think are critical for our health. One is the physical activity that comes from purposeful, meaningful work like building a fence, gardening, caring for children and cleaning the house. Our bodies gain satisfaction from a job well done. They love to be challenged. They feel strong, capable and know they have made a contribution.
The other physical activity has to do with movement that is pleasurable. Some examples are dancing, hiking, skiing, tai chi and some forms of yoga. Some of these activities, like tai chi and chi gong also balance the energetic systems of the body.
When we exercise in a way that is not truly enjoyable for the body, we create more pressure and stress in our lives. Often we are feeling pressured in our daily lives, so we gravitate toward exercise that puts even more pressure on our bodies. In the short-term, we may feel better, but over the long-term we only add to the stress load. A truly healthy body is peaceful inside. It is balanced, flexible and strong. There is strength in being able to move with the flow. Think of a tree with its sturdy base and branches that are able to bend in the wind without breaking.
Here are some questions to ask yourself:
Is my physical activity in alignment with the natural movement of my body?
Do I have a smile on my face or feel true joy while doing this activity?
Does my body truly enjoy this type of movement?
Is my level of physical activity appropriate for my body?
What are my goals with this activity?
We are designed to be in loving relationship with our bodies. If we listen carefully, our bodies will tell us what they really need. If you would like some guidance with your relationship with your body, I am now offering long distance energy healing and intuitive sessions. Your body holds a wealth of wisdom and is longing for connection with you. I would love to be a part of your journey.