When I first moved to India, I was surprised to see groups of older men standing in circles laughing and laughing in parks before work hours started. Laughing Yoga, they told me it was. Huh...very interesting, I thought.
There isn't a single park I have been to since then where you don't see groups of people laughing for the benefits of the health.
Conscious Living: LAUGH away the pain. An old saying I grew up hearing all the time, 'Laughter is the best form of medicine,' has actually been proven true. With natural laughter, our body releases endorphines which help relax muscle tension and alleviate pain. But seriously...who doesn't like a good laugh?! So laugh. Laugh fearlessly and without reservation. It is good for your health!
Conscious Living What are you doing to lead by example to TEACH your children the importance of living a healthy lifestyle. They learn through your actions.
Conscious Living: FLEXIBILITY, the ability to move freely and go with the flow.
I had a class years ago on world art and literature. In the studies of Japan, we were given an assignment of doing an ink art drawing with a written haiku. Strangly I have never forgotten that haiku, twenty years later. As a pisces, you would think I am a little more flexible than most, but it is one of my weaknesses I am learning to work on since moving to India.
Willows blowing to and fro
Move like willow or will break
Be like the willow
CONGRATULATIONS!!!!! You have signed up for a marathon. (Noted: a marathon is an running event which is the distance of 42.195 kilometres, 26.219 miles, or 26 miles 385 yards to be exact...nothing LESS. There is something called a Half Marathon.) Or perhaps you have decided to lace up your shoes, go outside and move. Either way, that is awesome (and wishing I could use the party explosion emojis here to express how excited I really am for you)!
BUT...let's define and understand what we are really doing here.
1. I want to be very clear, that the longer the distance does not make a better athlete. There are different types of athletes.
2. Everyone has different goals - so establish what your real goals are.
3. Which gets me to the reason I am writing this...
are you a runner?
or are you a walker...and a damn good one
There is a big difference between the two
You can become a very fast walker. In fact, check out these world records of speed walking...I can't even run that!
20km: 1:16:36 by Japanese Racewalker, Yusuke Suzuki
50km: imagine running a 50km this fast, let alone, WALK it! 3:32:33 from Frenchman, Yohann Diniz
Again, I ask: Are you a runner or a walker? No shame in walking...look how amazing these athletes are! Own it, if that is what you are. But if you are a walker and wish to be a runner...a runner who as aspirations of longer and longer distances, try addressing your biomechanics at much shorter distances.
It is like going from a chunky shoe and dropping to a minimal one; it takes time. One needs to develop strength, mobility and understand movement before increasing volume of distance. And if you wish to keep walking...keep on walking! It is a great form of exercise.
Either way, I hope you now know and understand the difference between how these two movements are defined.
Conscious Living: BALANCE cannot be obtained by putting all your eggs in one basket. The same goes with our physical and mental health. We cannot have mental well being with out physical wellness. Just as we cannot have complete physical wellness without mental wellness. Without this, a healthy BALANCE simply cannot be obtained.
I was at a morning dharma lesson at the local Buddhist Temple I lived next to in Chicago about eleven years ago, when I was told this. It was during a time where I was stuck and struggling, feeling the imbalance in my life. I had spent so much time on working on my mental development at the time, I had lost sight balance in my life. It was one of those moments in time that made such an impact on me, it is what changed the course of my to where I am today.