Be Your Own Yoda



When it comes to cultivating a mind-body connection, there are many times when I feel just as likely as the next woman to sacrifice myself for the greater good. I take pride in being at the ready to help the people I love. As a hard worker who devotes my time to fulfilling the needs of the people around me, at the end of the day it can be hard for me to find time to exercise.

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You would think that being a personal trainer, I would love to exercise — and that it would be easy for me. But when you give 100 percent of yourself to other people, what percentage does that leave for you?

This is where my "spirit" comes in.

"They" say that your body is your best teacher. If this is true, then my body is one of those tough, cryptic old teachers like Yoda - – or that Latin teacher in high school who threw erasers at you if you didn't pay attention. If I don't exercise, I feel like I've been beaten with a stick. And in this same vein (pardon the vascular pun), if I do my homework, and I do work out three to four times per week, (instead of that once or twice bull-dinky) I feel like a new person. I don't think it's a small coincidence that when I get physical activity into my day, my mind and body feel better. My soul feels more peaceful, too.

What is your body telling you? If you listen to your body, it will give you the information you need to figure out how to motivate yourself to exercise. Are you getting depressed or anxious? Lack of blood flow and circulation of oxygen in your brain can do that to you. Take a deep breath. Now exhale. Your nervous system knows it needs oxygen to survive. Have some neck pain? Keep your skull on top of your shoulders -– to make sure the force of gravity is being distributed throughout your body properly.

It's tempting to boil everything down to individual body parts, but how your body makes your mind feel -— and the connection that results -— that's the place where your whole spirit lives. So, why not save 10 to 20 percent of yourself for your body, for your work out, for YOU.

Aristotle told us we are the sum of our actions. So, clearly, in terms of what we say, what we do, and what we think -– yep, in terms of all of our actions —- being active is attractive.

Activities we partake in often define how we feel. That higher power that may or may not exist in your own experience may just be the sense of malaise you get when you don't exercise. Or, it could be that feeling of joy that arises when you do something, when you get physical and when you take charge of your own well being.

As Yoda tells a searching Luke Skywalker:

Do, or do not. There is no try.

By Elizabeth Pongo. Original to OwnIt


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