Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Many Questions, Same Answer

For a while, everything I read, heard or saw reinforced the idea that walking, meditation and yoga are the answers to multiple problems. Need to lose weight? Walk, meditate, yoga (WMY). Need creative ideas? WMY. Need to kick depression? WMY. Need to lower blood pressure, avoid diabetes, or lower stress? The answer is still WMY. The overlap is always there.

This past week or so, I've been reading about synchronicity, releasing body trauma, and creating more vivid writing. (By the way, my boss asked me, "Do you ever read anything for fun?" I thought I WAS!) Again, I find overlapping answers to these situations.

To release body trauma, become aware of your body sense, what your body touches, hears, smells, sees, etc.

To add sensuality and realism to your writing, drill down into your writing and tell me what the characters touch, hear, smell, see, etc.

To become aware of synchronicity, start noticing what your body touches, hears, smells, sees, etc.

It is all connected. The questions lead to the same answer. And I'm sure that if I start to walk, meditate and do yoga, I will notice what my body touches, hears, smells, sees, etc. And vice versa—if I start noticing what my body touches, hears, smells, sees, etc., soon I will be walking, meditating and doing yoga.

I feel as though I have uncovered a secret to the Universe. It's one of those, "It's so simple, how did I never see it?" moments. I sit and look around and feel peace within.

I am a person who has always lived more in my head than in my body. I've tried different things to become more physical. But the connection just wasn't there. Today, I feel a major shift in perception. I think, "By Jove, I think she's got it!" I think this time it's for real—no, more than just THINK—this time I feel it in my body and my mind. I've found the way in to this body of mine—just look around, notice what it feels, touches, hears, smells, and sees. Move when it needs to move. Sit when it needs to sit. Flex and stretch when it needs to stretch. I am safe. I am home. I am at peace. All is well.


glenda said...

Awesome discovery about yourself.
I was doing some of the things you were saying as I read. And I am starting to get a sense of self. Strange, isn't it, how disconnected we are from ourselves.
Have a Happy Thanksgiving.

Nadja said...

What a wonderful discovery. Thanks for sharing it. I can totally relate to living in my head. I've always known I need to DO more things that just thinking about it and writing about it, but it's been a struggle. I suppose that's why I've had such a hard time with the artist dates. There's always an excuse to come up with. This post has been inspiring. Thank you.

Linda said...

Glenda and Nadja, thanks for stopping by. And thank you for the kind comments. I think one of the best things about blogging is finding out that other people have the same thoughts, problems, concerns and joys that we do--it makes me feel good. And DOING is harder than just thinking about doing--that is why this time I intend to keep going with TAW even if it takes me several weeks to complete one week of assignments! Have a great Thanksgiving!