As I’m writing this, I’m fresh off a practice session. I can feel the blood moving throughout my body; my muscles contracting and relaxing as I’m now typing. For the moment, I have a heightened awareness of my body and the world around me and I understand how my physical body interacts with the physical world.
Now I’ll go about my day and my mind may drift to different places and my hands may busy themselves, but my body will maintain that awareness. Every movement is calculated and without even realizing it I am mindful of said movements. Walking my dog, sitting on the couch, preparing lunch- each activity is done with an awareness that, had I not practiced, I would not have.
My sister, my mom and I are big fans of ABC’s Dancing with the Stars and so we follow the movements of the cast, which has led us to see (twice now) Derek and Julianne Hough’s MOVE Tour. They have a mantra that they bring up each show that has really resonated with me:
Motion equals emotion.
The way we move directly affects how we think and how we feel. How we respond to others. How we react to the world around us. I like to use the analogy of a river: Picture a stagnant river- unmoving, gathering pollutants and foam. Inhabitants of this river are not likely thriving. Now imagine a flowing river, crashing over rocks and gathering speed as it does so. Everything within it is alive and well and nourished as its resources are constantly being replenished. Equate your body to either of these rivers… Which would you rather be?
It doesn’t matter how you move or at what speed you move. It doesn’t matter that it may not be perfect. What matters is that you do move. That you experience your body and what it can do. What matters is that you move in a way that positively affects your mind-body-soul connection. That you reap the rewards of a body in motion; the benefits are endless.