Sunday, December 12, 2010

December 12: Body Integration

 Today's prompt from Reverb10:

December 12 – Body Integration This year, when did you feel the most integrated with your body? Did you have a moment where there wasn’t mind and body, but simply a cohesive YOU, alive and present? (Author: Patrick Reynolds)

I feel that way a lot, especially when I get really involved in an activity. This is why I enjoy intense exercise, or painting pictures, or even a really good and productive day at work.

The flip side is that when I get anxious, I sometimes feel myself disintegrating.  I try to get dressed for a party I'm nervous about and nothing feels right. I have a meeting coming up at work and I try on 7 outfits, hating each one.  Luckily these incidents don't happen often. They're bad for my spirit and they really mess up my room as I leave discarded outfits strewn all over.

Even though I still have weight I want to lose, I'm mostly at peace with my body.  It's pretty great, actually, that I can do so many things that I enjoy and not worry about getting tired or feeling out of shape.  I credit my workouts, especially yoga and Pilates, for bringing me back into harmony with my body.  I used to feel uncoordinated and clumsy, but now I am feeling fit and fairly agile.

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