When did expression through movement become a chore? How can we awaken our connection to this physical form?
I have been exploring my life more and more through my body as of late. Deepening my connection to myself through movement and expression. I can't disconnect my body from my mind or my heart or my being. When stressed my movements can be harsh, lacking connected breath and a certain softness. When feeling deep emotion maybe my "workout" is INTENSE with the painful reverberations echoing through my joints and muscles for the next few days. Less and less frequently do I even think of my times for movement as a "workout". As I deepen my practice of feeding myself movements that feel good, supportive and expansive, it feels less like a chore and more like a prayer and a song.
A saying I've been repeating often to my clients in my massage practice is "how you show up is how you show up". Probably a really vague way of saying that if you are stressed at work, typing furiously in front of you, mind all over the place, sitting down all day and stress eating to cope... this is how you will feel! Your body will feel all those things because that is what you did with it all day. Your body will HELP you do those things. It will create neuromuscular shortcuts, it will put all its energy towards those things you continue to BE. You will have to show up differently in order to feel differently.
How we move through the world, how we move through our day, how we move through our workouts are who we are in those moments and help lay the pathways for who we wish to be. Do I want to be stronger? More flexible? Quicker perhaps? More connected? More kind? A little softer? YES.