|"Dancing and singing...True health is vital energy flow. Restricted energy flow leads to ailment." ~~Chinese Medicine
Life thrives on rhythm. Whether it's the beat of our own heart, the cadence of our walk or the tick of a clock. Life moves us. When we move and sing and dance to a beat we are stimulating our minds and our bodies.
Movement is so easy when we are children. But as we grow older we move less. We begin to sit out dances and we stop singing in the car or the shower. We become afraid of how others will judge us, or grade us, and we become worried about what we will look like. When we sit out on life we lose our rhythm. But more importantly, we lose our zest for life. We must continue to find time within our daily lives to stimulate our bodies and minds with movement, for the health benefits, and the joy benefits.
This month we are focusing on recovering a sense of autonomy. We are looking to recover a sense of independence and freedom.
For the past 10 months we have been looking inwards, at the ways in which we block our sense of creativity, how we block our paths to true happiness, and the steps we need to take to knock down those blocks. We have been focusing on our morning pages, artist dates and dream boards. Now we need to take the lessons we have learned and go outward. We need to move beyond our minds and start stimulating our bodies with some good old fashion movement. Once we get outside and experience some physical activity, the lessons we learned will undoubtedly reach a whole new meaning. In order to effect a real recovery, one that lasts, we need to move out of the head and into a body of work. To do this, we must first of all move into the body.
Step 11: Recovering a Sense of Autonomy
Creativity requires action, and part of that action must be physical.
• This is where walking comes in. Twenty minutes a day is sufficient to stretch your mind more than your
body. Connect to the world outside you and simply explore. When your heart and mind soar when you
meet the blue heron while walking by the river, you'll notice that soaring feeling lasting the better part of
• Run for your soul. The fitness of your spirit will set the tone for your day.
• Swimming is a wonderful sport for the writer. As your mind dives deep into itself, past the weeds and
clutter of everyday life, you will emerge with rhythmic inspiration.
• Bicycling is repetitive therapy. It allows you to pump your creativity as you pump the pedals, and allows
your mind to free itself and open itself to solutions that naturally fall into place.
Life is a series of hurdles, but when you build your body and mind with exercise, those hurdles become challenges, not obstacles. As you uncover your sense of creativity and autonomy, you'll notice, as an artist, that exercise offers the added benefit of sensory saturation. Things do not whiz by. We really see them. In a sense, insight follows from sigh.
One quickly notes that when the mind is focused on other, the self often comes into a far more accurate focus.
To begin Step 11, move out of the mind and into the body to stimulate and stretch yourself.
Step 11: To begin recovering a sense of autonomy, I will:
Pick an outdoor activity you've always thought about doing. Is it running, cycling, or walking?
• On your walk or run, see and explore the world around you and capture some of it to keep you spiritually
• Find a deep red leaf, perhaps a fallen bird feather, a pretty stone or pine cone.
• Take these items home and put them on display in a haven within your favourite room or space.
• We are meant to celebrate the good things of this earth. Create a haven that makes you happy and keeps
• Remember to include at least 20 minutes of movement in your daily routine to maintain that sense of
• Buy yourself a special creativity notebook. Number pages 1 through 7. Give each page a category:
health, possessions, leisure, relationships, creativity, career and spirituality. List 10 wishes in each area.
• Take out a piece of paper and plan one week's movement activity. This means 7 - 20 minute sessions of
• List five ways you plan to maintain that movement schedule over the next six months. Will you take a class?
Join a running club? What equipment will you need?
• List five benefits of maintaining your movement schedule.
Turn on the music and sing and dance your heart out. Don't grade yourself.
Participate in the dance of life?
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Until Next Time...
Stay tuned for the December instalment of my newsletter, where we'll explore more great tips and tricks for creative recovery, including Step 12 for recovering your inner creativity.
Until then, I remain yours in good health,
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