Bodies are Not Corporations

There's been a lot of recent political talk based on Supreme Court Justice Stevens' description, "...corporations have no consciences, no beliefs, no feelings, no thoughts, no desires. Corporations help structure and facilitate the activities of human beings..."  

This post is about work/life balance through a lens that focuses on our bodies.  In some of the same ways that "corporations help structure and facilitate the activities of human beings," the physical structures that rule our office activities are mostly NOT helpful.  Unlike corporations and their trappings (your office chair, desk, mouse, computer, etc.) bodies and souls DO have consciences, beliefs, feelings, thoughts, and desires.  Unfortunately, the feelings and desires of the body are exactly counter to the way that most corporate structures have designed and perpetuated wear and tear on bodies. Bodies DESIRE to move, stand, sit, lie down, reach, and expand.  

Some of us are lucky enough to have a seated and a standing option at our desks - that offers our bodies the opportunity to fulfill only 2 positions for at least 8 hours every day, 5 days a week.  If you don't already have a standing option for your desk I strongly suggest that you look into it so you are not forced to sit all day.  If you have a commute in your car, how much extra sitting are you asking your body to do? When I lived in Boston, I often rode my bike to the commuter rail and then walked up the hill to my office - this added a considerable amount of movement and variety of positioning at the beginning and end of the work day for my body. Now, unfortunately, driving is my only option and I have a long commute. My lower back doesn't let me forget that. When I finally arrived home yesterday, my son was helpful enough to give me an "assist" as I stretched my back in a traditional child's pose (pictured below). 

Child's Pose - "Garbasana"      

I am in a simple child's pose and Oren is giving me an assist by sitting on my lower back. The added weight of his little body allows my spine to stretch out even more than it would without his assist. Relax into this pose (don't do it if you experience pain in your lower back with the assist) and take several full deep breaths. 


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