Mindful movement requires consciousness and awareness so that we are building mental strength and a mental connection to our bodies. Mindful movement is healing movement. Mindful movement increases our ability to move smarter in the day-to-day and throughout our lives. Mindful movement allows for graceful aging. And all of that means fewer injuries, because we know how to listen to our bodies and move well.
Mindful movement means that no matter what life is throwing at me, what can I do today to feel better and to care for my body? Do I need the emotional release from really pushing myself? Or does my body need rest? Maybe it’s both. Everyday is a chance to care for our mind and body through movement. And a movement ritual is important mental work. Consider it your therapy. Throughout this course, it’s just as much a part of the coursework as any of the writing exercises.
The goal for the next month is daily movement, however that happens. When you make the commitment to six days of movement per week (one day of rest) you give yourself the flexibility to determine what kind of movement that is day-to day. As a side note: I recommend using your rest day as your day to complete the weekly coursework. One day it could be a run, one day Pilates, one day squeezing in a few minutes of stretching. You can mindfully make the call, what does my body need?
Movement is not punishment.
Movement is not just calories out or fat burning.
Movement is for your nervous system, bones, cardiovascular system, muscles and brain.
Movement is emotional.
Movement is essential.
This commitment to both mindfulness and daily movement relies on one foundational belief. And that is that our bodies need more than burning, shaping, and toning. Every muscle and system in our body has an actual function. Function that we need to stand, lift, laugh without peeing and even rest comfortably. A functional bod = a beautiful bod.
our bodies need more than burning, shaping, and toning
Your first step in seeing your body differently is to see what your body actually does. You are not a piece of meat, after all. You have things to do and you need your body to be there for you. I will say this several times throughout the course, your body is here to serve your life, not the other way around. We can get mixed up compulsively serving our bodies on either end of the spectrum. Neither are doing anything for you.
The best way to ensure movement happens everyday is to first commit. Decide it's as essential as brushing your teeth, eating breakfast, and everything else that you know you have to do to be the person you need to be. So no matter what happens in the day, you don't lie down in bed without doing something (this is exactly why two of the included workouts are as short as they are). Something small is always better than nothing. Don't be fooled into thinking that because the perfect workout can't happen everyday that you can't reach your goals or it isn't worth it. Commit to moving your body every single day. Connect to your body every. single. day.
The second thing to do to ensure success is to dedicate a specific time for movement. The easiest way is to set the same time everyday so that you can rely on and develop a routine. If you have classes you like to take, sign up now. Commit now. Dedicate the time now. Add it to your schedule, set alarms, and make your plan.
We all know the metaphor, If your life was a jar of rocks, pebbles, and sand and you put the large rocks in first, then the pebbles, then finally sand you'll have room for everything. If you fill your day with the "sand" things first, you'll never have room for the bigger "rocks". My point being, we only have time what we put first. So first we have to decide that daily movement is a rock, not just a pebble or sand. Then we have to make sure we aren’t getting distracted by the pebbles and sand in our life.
Your guiding question is always: What does my body need today?