COMING TO FULL CIRCLE BY NURTURING THE SOUL
I often forget that most people know me as someone who is an intense athlete, coach or instructor and rarely know that I entered this world of fitness through the mind-body side. I was a Reiki Master, practicing Shiatsu and teaching Japanese Yoga long before I ever walked into a cycling studio.
I have always been one who is extremely sensitive to energy from the people around and the changes within me. But rarely do I find myself talking to other people about this now days unless they spark the conversation first, but I felt that after reconnecting to my wellness roots I would share how much shift has happened and can happen for you, but onlyif you are willing to let it.
A REAL CASE OF MIDDLE CHILD SYNDROME
Middle Child Syndrome...ABSOLUTELY I had it. To make matters worse was that my older sibling was a girl and the baby was a boy. Like the typical Middle Child (MC) in any situation like this, you were faced with a choice; be swallowed in the shadows of those two or do your damnedest to stand out and get their attention. Maybe it was my nature that was the Alpha female of the pack, but I took the 'do my damnedest to get their attention' route. Hence, where the competitive nature I have.
(Side Note: Of course I had to post the awkward childhood photo of us three. I love it!)
THE SKINNY ON FIT
“I am fit and I don't workout at all.”
…um…okay then. If you say so.
So do you even know what it means to be fit? I have heard comments like this time and time again here in India. While I want to blame the lack of understanding on total innocence, I doubt this is the case. More than likely it is either ignorance or media.
Media, yes. I will never forget the first advertisement I saw about ‘Total Health. Total Fitness.’ on a morning run down CG Road in Ahmedabad a couple years ago. I was at a loss. But this is what They want you to believe. Unfortunately, people believe advertisements like this all the time.
WOW, I am taken back by how many amazing messages I have already gotten about me getting back in the saddle to start writing again. I wasn't completely sure where this was going to lead. But after five days, the vision has become very clear.
Those who knew me back in the US, I am not the same person I was. I am changed. When I first moved to India, living in Ahmedabad, I knew it was making me a better person. I liked the transformation I was taking for myself. Then I moved to Mumbai and with that came divorce; I had moved to a place where I was actually told to 'stick to my own kind'. I had never in my life experience so many people who were mean and unpleasant to me without ever meeting me or spending five minutes talking to me since I had been in high school. To be honest, I had never in my life experience so many people who treated other people so badly for no reason at all. This city just about destroyed me.
Rising Pain to the Surface
I love massages. I used to get them every week and then life got busy. Few people know this (unless you all have read my bio), but I am a licensed Asian Bodywork Therapist, and was a practicing practitioner before fitness took over my career. It is one of the moving components that placed me in the field of fitness. So I understand the importance of touch. I know how important touch is for survival, for healing, for happiness and feel connected, it is really difficult for someone like me to have very limited contact.
I found that when I lived in Ahmedabad, it was essential to get one every week. Not because my muscles were sore, (in fact, massages suck here) the idea of real muscle manipulation is nonexistent, but just to be touched. Touched - have physical human contact.