(Delicate) Personal Ecosystem

August 8, 2010

Work It Out with me this week!

Monday 5:30pm at IOF.  Urban Dance Kick/Circuit Weights

Tuesday 5:15pm at Hipline.  Shimmy Pop!

Tuesday 6:30 at Hipline.  POWER Pop! (Sub)

Wednesday 5:15pm at Hipline.  POWER Pop

Friday 5:30pm at IOF.  Urban Dance Kick/Circuit Weights

Friday 7:00pm at Hipline.  Shimmy Pop Club REmix Party!

Saturday 10:30 at Hipline.  POWER Pop (Sub)

Sunday 9:15 at Hipline.   POWER Pop

Sunday 10:30 at Hipline.   Shimmy Pop!

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Fabulous Friends,

I hope ya’ll are doing amazingly well.  If you are, breathe it in and share it with those around you!  If you aren’t, take a moment to put your hand over your heart, breathe, and come back to the beat.  It’s there to remind you.  Ahhh, better, right?  Know that you can come back to this any time.

Two weeks ago, I wrote about infusing life with vacation-y things to enhance it.  I wrote this the day before I began back to work, and I have to say it was a harder transition than I anticipated.  My changed schedule changed my focus in a ways that got me away from my basic needs.  For example, I did not eat as many snacks as usual (I am a continual grazer and depend on food as fuel for my energy) and did not remember to drink enough liquids until later in the day (I find drinking water all at once is not as beneficial as doing it throughout the day in terms of absorbtion).  Plus, I made many social plans and even wore some really big, killer heels to see Black Star perform while I danced the night away.  While I have a lot of energy, friends, I am not a spring chicken any more.  My body decided to talk back by waking me up at 4 am last Saturday night with screaming spasms in my calves.

I once had a friend tell me that he had observed that I had a “delicate personal ecosystem.”  In a nice way, he was trying to share with me that he had observed that while I did many things to stay healthy and in balance physically, at the same time my system seemed to be especially delicate, because it could be easily thrown off.

Yes, delicate personal ecosystem, indeed.

While in Mexico, I witness a myriad of folks not doing well with listening to their personal ecosystems.  The overindulging of alcohol to the point that a woman was sobbing on a beach chair (she had started drinking early that morning and never seemed to stop, until her body basically broke down).  The plethora of sunburned folks that were still in the sun that enhanced their already red-glowing-angry skin.  Yikes!

We all continually make choices that affect our bodies, minds, and hearts.  We all have ‘buttons’ or ‘hotspots’ that we have to be aware of to keep us living in our balance.  We want to live life to it’s juiciest while maintaining our calm.  And, in moments like my recent one, we need to take some time to massage out the things that are talking to us, telling our bodies sorry in order to kiss and make up.  The hope being:  we learn from our mistakes (or others) and move forward in a way that better serves us.  I am happy to say that last week went much smoother, with mediation, hydration, slowing down, eating, and being in the moment.

Wishing you continual moments of listening to your always-informative personal ecosystems, preferably when they’re whispering, not yelling or barking at ya!

In gratitude of our amazing bodies and all they do,

Heather

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Tracy August 9, 2010 at 12:42 am

This is so true! Thanks for the loving reminder. :)

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satsumaart August 9, 2010 at 2:52 am

Love the concept of body as ecosystem! And every one does seem so individual. I’m still learning mine.

Much gratitude for you for helping get my body strong this morning :)

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