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Yesterday my body needed rest so I took a nap on a very cold day. This morning my body enjoyed breakfast out and my mind needed to go to Mass. My church has an awesome music program. Today’s homily was applauded. I am blessed to have a great place to worship. This afternoon my body craved a long walk with the Stanley (Family dog ) and a salad for dinner.
Robin, Thank you for sharing your beautiful day with us….your description was lovely. How I wish I could find a church like yours. Enjoy your walks with Stanley!!
It doesn’t ask for much. It probably needs a less scrambled mind.
A long break from drinking alcohol.
I have not drank alcohol for a bit over a year…this go around. My body and mind have enjoyed the healing, Loving kindness your way Lauryn.
What a great question! I try to be aware of what my body needs and wants and is saying to me. This week, it wanted a lot of sleep. Which was handy, since it is my school vacation break!
Am grateful for my body and it’s messages. If I listen and feel, I can sense unease, lightness, anger in my core. I learned to practice listening to my body when I took a course on “Focusing” with the work of Eugene Gendlin.
Coffee! Feeling very tired & draggy on this grey, overcast, ready to rain Sunday morning.
Happy Sunday to All here….🙏🏻✨
Well, of course, coffee! And petting the warm kitty on my lap, and looking away from this screen at the sky where the wind is pushing away the clouds that dropped a bit of snow on us last night so now I can see some blue above and the sunlight shining on the cloudtops. My wrist isn’t asking for my physical therapy exercises but I did them anyway and now will tuck my arm into a nice warm heating pad for comfort.
Later this morning I’ll do an online yoga class being offered as a fundraiser for someone I got to know through my former work in bike advocacy, Ian Mackay. He advocates for a more accessible outdoors (https://www.iansride.com/), organizes a big annual walk/roll/bike event, and sets such an incredible example of getting out on the trails near his house every day in his sip-and-puff wheelchair. His work makes me appreciate what my body can do.
Right now, my body isn’t asking, it’s
screaming at me. I’m nursing a
back injury. Since this has been a
recurring issue, I’m learning not to
panic and do all of the things that
help me heal.
What my body is more subtly asking,
is for more regular exercise and to be
more mindful with this aging body.
Eckhart Tolle has a term, “the pain body.” If I understand him correctly, it is composed of my past traumas and my share of the world’s past traumas. Especially his book, “A New Earth,” has been helpful to me. The following quote from it comes to mind: “Get in touch with your body, The true needs of your body, rather than the pseudo needs of the egoic mind.”
It has been my experience that to take care of my body, I have to monitor my mind closely because my egoic/monkey mind comes into play often so I would say that my body is asking me to remain extremely mindful, to challenge my mind when its unhelpful dialogue causes my body to stress unnecessarily. I remind myself often that “All is well. We can handle this.” I love today’s quote!
Let me fall if I must. The one I become will catch me. Baal Shem Tov
Thanks, Carol. I love today’s quote too!
Carol, once again, we are very in sync.
I also really liked today’s quote and
the Eckhart Tolle book you mentioned
was very transformative for me. Thanks for
My body is telling me not to miss the medical appointment this week and be honest with the professionals and to explore all options.
Understanding and patience as I heal from hip surgery.
Meds, heating pads, hot coffee, followed by breakfast and yoga.
a nice good stretch. It is very foggy this morning – which I love – I may go on a walk and enjoy it.
Sunshine and warmth.
I used to run, lift heavy weights and train for football. Even when I finished playing I continued to work out. With my years of physical training my body is showing me to slow down and accept the fact that a lot of things that I used to do are not possible. I no longer can run because my knees and arthritis prevents me from weights. I had to substitute walking and using resistance bands. Learning to accept aging with gratitude and grace is my lesson.
Thanks for posting this, Devy. “Learning to accept aging with gratitude and grace is my lesson.” Ditto for me.
Exercise. I feel the need for a good cardio workout.
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