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Move your body. You are meant to. Push it to the limit, or simply stand still.  But pay attention. Use pain as an indicator.  Listen to the cues. How will you move through this life?
Beth Cline

Move Your Mind

Move your mind.  Or it’ll move you. What are you thinking right now? Consciously choose. Be curious. Question anything that doesn't feel good. Name your values. Know how you want to feel. Move with intention.

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Lighten up already.

| July 25, 2014 | 0 Comments

This week has been “heavy”.  I have struggled with getting things done.
I’m facing a huge case of resistance.  And procrastination.  And I’m feeling it – big time.
I know that resistance is a sign post and it’s right where I need to be but I don’t want to think about it, or question it.
I simply want to go do something else….
And then this thought popped into my head:  What do you love right now?
huh? how is that helping?

Seriously, What do you love right now?

I’m thinking this is procrastination at it’s finest, and I ‘ll play along.  So I paused my project and wrote this quick list, in no particular order.

What I love right now:
Summer.  Sunshine.  Play time with my babes.  Road-trips.  Making sun tea.  Sailing.  Fresh food.  Eating outside.  T-shirts and shorts.  Freedom.  Writing.  The challenge of the ask.  Pushing others.  Getting pushed in return.  Being still. Outdoor concerts.  Outdoor movies.  Being OUTDOORS.   Swimming.   Running in the early morning light.  Time.  Time to work, time to play.  Communion.  Bing cherries.  Babysitters.  Homemade Popsicles.  Old friends.  Questions of all kinds. Instagram. Reading.  My love.  

ahhh…now I get it.  Mood shifted.  Lightness returned.  Appreciation for a challenge back.
Ready to tackle that resistance once more.

And so I ask you, how can you shift your mood?
What do you love?  What are you grateful for?  It’s worth two minutes of your time.

Sending you love and light.

You’ve set an intention, now what?

| July 22, 2014 | 0 Comments

So you’ve set an intention.  Now what?
MOVE. Get out there, and do something.
Don’t simply intend to be great and expect to reap the rewards.  Go out and be great.  Do great things.
Dont’ simply intend to flow and expect it to come.  Work at it.  Follow the river.  Flow.
Setting an intention is one thing – moving with it is another.  Be sure to do the work.

Move.  You are meant to.

What’s your intention?

| July 17, 2014 | 0 Comments

What’s your intention when you begin your day?
Do your work?  Move your body?  Show your love?

What’s your intention when you drive your car?
Do your dishes?  Buy your food?  Eat each meal?

Do you have one?

Intention:  (noun) 1)  an act or instance of determining mentally upon some action or result.
3a)  purpose or attitude toward the effect of one’s actions or conduct

Setting an intention before you move, makes the movement (whatever it is) more powerful.
It’s like focusing all of your super powers into your actions, in to your every day.
Without intention, actions can be random.  Haphazard.  Movement without direction.
Intentions focus you.  Keep you in the present, with an eye on what’s possible.
Every desire – every goal you have, grows from the seed of an intention.

Use your power mindfully.  Move with intention every day.
It doesn’t have to be hard, and you can’t get it wrong.

Going for a run: intend to flow.
Doing the dishes: intend to follow your breath.
Showing love: intend for another to feel your soul.
As you rise in the morning:  intend to have fun.
As you enter work:  intend to be of service.

Set your intention.  Focus your power.  Infuse it with love.

No one ever said it would be easy.

| July 14, 2014 | 0 Comments

I often hear that it’s not easy. In fact, it’s down right hard… getting up the hill.
Eating healthy.
Being mindful.
Finishing the project.
Keeping the motivation going.
…and on, and on.

No. It’s not easy. No one ever said it would be.

And though, it may not be easy, there are ways to make it easier.

It’s not easy for me to get up early every day.
But I know that I’m a much better mama/wife/friend ~person in general, if I’ve had a little time to myself before I engage with another.
I know, that if I run early I’m going feel 100 times better once I’m done – AND I’ve moved, so my day is free for other things – and this is what helps me rise. This helps me beat down my resistance.
It’s not easy – but this thought makes it easier.

It’s not easy getting up the hill. Or staying motivated. Or eating healthy. Or…
How can you make it easier?
A shift in thinking. A partner to hold you accountable. A gadget to track your time. Something. Anything.

What might help you?  I’d love to know.

It may not be easy, but it’s worth it.  (repeat, every day).

Create freedom, every day.

| July 4, 2014 | 0 Comments

Happy Fourth of July!

Today in the United States we celebrate freedom (technically independence, but freedom feels sooooo much better).  Freedom is one of my all time favorite words, and one of my highest held values.

Freedom ~ (noun)  the power to determine action without restraint

As I explore freedom this year, I’m curious about the every day.
We all have ways in which we seek freedom ~ and if freedom isn’t your word try happiness.  Joy.  Love.
We seek these things in big ways, but what about the every day?
It’s relatively easy to find freedom in travel or on a boat where you can’t see land.
Piece of cake to feel love when you’re in a loving relationship.
Joy – easy as pie when you’re with friends that make you laugh.

But what about the days when you’re solo?  When the grind is a little too much.
When you’ve had it up to “here” with traffic/the kids/your co-workers.
How do you find freedom/joy/love/happiness/____ then?

The challenge:  seek freedom in your every day.
You know the big ways – find the small ones.
How do you create it, each and every day?

In pursuit of happiness.

You wanna fly, you got to give up the shit that weighs you down.

~ Toni Morrison

What are you thinking?

| June 13, 2014 | 0 Comments

Your mind is constantly in motion.
Churning thoughts, whether you’re aware of them or not.

“OMG it’s cold out. Look at that those spandex. Did I eat breakfast? I wonder why Lisa didn’t call me back. Did I say something wrong? I need to go to the grocery store. Baseball game tonight at 5. Geesh, I’m tired. I don’t want to go to work. Will I have time to squeeze in a walk today? I can’t believe I ate that muffin”…..and this is in a matter of seconds.

Most of these thoughts are seemingly random. Responses to your environment. Thoughts about your day. Others stem from beliefs you hold. And they’re constantly running, like background music. A super top secret soundtrack to your life.

Have you ever taken a moment to pay attention?

The challenge: pay attention to your mind chatter. Identify your soundtrack (you may have several). This is especially important when you don’t feel great. When you’re angry or frustrated, anxious or hurt. Know what you’re telling yourself, and be fascinated by what you find.

For me, I have a tendency to be competitive. I’m working on it, and have been for some time. Though it’s easy to fall into the trap if I’m not paying attention. My mind begins to race if I’m not “winning”. Which is a cue for me to be present. If left unchecked, all sorts of thoughts run through my mind all leading to “I’m not good enough” in some way or another. CRAZY.

What is it for you? Choose your soundtrack wisely.
eye of the tiger baby.

Need some help in doing this? Want to change your sound track, but aren’t sure where to start? Join us in Moving Evolution. Class begins on Monday!

How healthy are you?

| June 5, 2014 | 0 Comments

How healthy are you??

Health ~ (noun) soundness of body or mind; freedom from disease or ailment

The instigation this week is to consider your health, and perhaps join me in the Moving Evolution program.  When you think of health, where does your mind go?  Diet?  Exercise??  What if there’s more to it than that??  And, what if improving your health is as easy as learning to listen to your body?

Here’s the thing: I believe that most of us live life from the shoulders up, ignoring or pushing down the cues that the body is constantly giving. We ignore pain, and then walk and move in ways that cause injury. We ignore hunger cues, and diet or fuel our bodies with junk – and expect excellence. We have destructive thought patterns running rampant and assume that we have no choice in how we feel or how we think. We tell ourselves “it’s fine – I’m fine” and push through all kinds of pain.

I pushed through pain for years.  Years.  Trying to lose that last ten pounds (yet never succeeding no matter how little I ate, or how much I exercised).  Unexplained knee pain.  Tightness is my body.  Eating and drinking past the point of full.  Not paying attention – to my body or the world around me. There’s a better way ~ and this program is the culmination of everything I’ve learned thus far ~ of everything that I try to teach and live by.

Moving Evolution is a nine week program designed to develop a mindful mind/body practice. No diets, special gear to buy, or gimmicks. Simply learning to let your body guide you. Learning to listen, and catch yourself before injury, before a full-blown stress attack, before you unconsciously eat that pint of ice cream.  And what better time than summer to make the connection?

For the next week, Moving Evolution is open for registration. This is the best time to join, as the cost is only $65. I’ve made a ton of updates, and once you’re in, you’re in for life.  The price will go up in the fall…so now’s the time.  Go here for more details, and if you have questions feel free to hit reply.

Regardless of whether you join, I hope you consider your health.  How can you improve it today?

let your body be your guide.

Three easy ways to move with intention.

| May 25, 2014 | 0 Comments

Do you move with intention?
If you’re thinking, “What in the hell is that?”, you’re not alone.

Intention (noun) ~ the end or object intended; purpose.

Moving with intention is essentially the same as moving with purpose.
Do you move with purpose?
I believe that the answer to that question, more often than not, is no.
Most of us live life from the shoulders up.  Ignoring our bodies and using distraction to get through.
Putting the ear buds in and tuning out, rather than in.

Why not try something new, and move with intention?  Here are three easy ways to begin:

1) Move. Our society makes it incredibly easy to move very little throughout the day – so much so, that we spend hundreds of dollars every year on exercise. While I love mixing up my exercise routine and I’m not against the gym, it’s as simple as moving your body. Park further away. Take the stairs. Return the shopping cart to the store. Walk down the hall, instead of sending that email.  Let it be easy. Intend to move.

2) Unplug. Unplug for two reasons. The first being that when you’re “plugged in” – you lose a sense (or two). Listening to music/chatting on the phone impairs your ability to hear other things. It also can impair your ability to see – or at least be present. You’re not truly engaged with your surroundings. You can’t hear that bike coming up behind you, or see the cross walk sign.  And, you miss some of the joy of movement in your lack of presence.  The second reason is that your body will fall in line to the cadence of whatever you’re listening to. Slow songs = slow cadence (think longer time on each foot) and faster songs = faster cadence (think less time on each foot, thus less chance for injury).
You don’t have to unplug all of the time, but the more aware of your movement and your surroundings, the better.

3) Use pain as an indicator. Most people feel pain and they do one of two things: stop or push it away/ignore it. Pain is simply an indication: you’re doing something wrong. Adjust. Now, obviously, if it’s acute and severe pain, stop. But if your knee starts to hurt, or your foot is cramping – adjust. Shorten your stride. Wiggle your toes. If you back hurts, get up and walk around.  See if you can make the pain go away. Pain ignored becomes some sort of “~itis” (plantar fasciitis, tendonitis, etc.) or if it’s pushed away for long enough, some sort of surgery. Don’t go that far. Use pain as an indication to adjust.

You’ve moved mindlessly for long enough – it’s time to tune in.  How do you move, or sit still?
Move with intention.

…and what else?

| May 22, 2014 | 0 Comments

Just when you think you’ve got the answer, one more question: and what else?

know your plan for the day?…workout?….meals?…play?
what to do next?
got the solution?
what’s your body telling you to do?
what’s the easiest thing to do?…the hardest?
what could we do next?  
what do you want to do?

….and what else?  What else could we do here?  Where else could we go?  How else can I move today (other than run)?  What else can I eat?

Invite curiosity in to your routines (work, movement, fuel, etc).
….and what else?
Take a step back, and do something a bit out of the ordinary.
Innovate your every day.

The possibilities are endless.
simply open the door.

What’s holding you back?

| May 16, 2014 | 0 Comments

What’s holding you back?
I’d be willing to bet, most of the time it’s you.
You hold yourself back.  

I know that I do.
I sometimes hold back on what I think, for fear of what other’s might say.  Or fear of hurting another person.  Or perhaps, fear of being wrong.  (sin of all sins!)
I don’t make the call.  Instead I send an email, for that is much safer.
I don’t run as fast as I could, for fear that I’ll be tired later?  That I might injure myself?  That I might get all sweaty and I don’t have time to shower?  I don’t want to re-do my non-existent makeup.
In writing it, it doesn’t make a whole lotta sense.  
Seriously, why hold back???  
But in the moment it’s far easier to let the brain take over with its excuses and play small.
To remain quiet.  To go slow.  To keep fear at bay.

How do you hold yourself back?  How do you play small?  
And what if you unleashed? What if you let your power out to play.
On the run, the bike, the court or at the gym.  
In the classroom, the boardroom or the bedroom.
What if you let it loose – said what you thought, pushed as hard as you could, dreamed as big as you could go.  No limits, no boundaries, no bullshit.  
No holding back.

let’s make it rain out here.