"When you commit to getting strong, you agree to go on an incredible journey that will transform you."
- Lindsey Vonn, Strong is the New Beautiful
Caught this gorgeous sunset while on a fitness trail run in Flagstaff
I've been pretty quiet around these parts. I haven't posted much in recent months because I have been going through a transition. Previously, this blog was a way for me to explore the nature of the human spirit. I was very interested in what makes us feel limited, such as fear and insecurity, and how we could access the part of us that is bigger and beyond all of that.
As I move into this next part of my journey I have begun to tune more deeply into my physical body. This part of me is something that I have tried to keep up with, however, exercise, stretching and healthy meal prep often took a backseat to my other priorities. I could say I didn't have the time, but really, I didn't care enough to make the time.
These days I am now making the time and it's reminding me once again how connected all facets of our lives are. I am now setting aside more time for running and yoga and less time for meditating. I do still meditate (I'm a big fan of the Calm App, which has daily ten minute meditations), but it's no longer as intense and deep.
What really inspired me to get back into exercise and sports was thinking about when I did a triathlon. About ten years ago I trained for and did a triathlon and also a long distance swim in one summer. It was one of the most positive, inspiring and fun times in my life. I learned so much about myself then.
The main takeaway, and the one that still sticks with me, is that I am so much more capable than I realize. Pushing my body to places I didn't know it could go translated into and effected all areas of my life. When I went for a job I didn't think I could get I pushed on. I knew I was more capable than I was giving myself credit for. When working on a story or a script I just couldn't finish I pushed myself to complete it. I knew I had it in me. I knew I was capable of reaching high goals.
It was the feeling of achievement that really uplifted me and pushed my life in unexpected and exciting directions. Oftentimes we approach this in a backwards way - we think, "I'll feel a sense of achievement when I get that work thing or that promotion or whatever," when really, we will more often than not get that work thing or promotion because we already feel confident in our ability to achieve. We must first find a way to tap into our inner strength, or inner will power, and then the pieces will fall into place.
So once again I have set a goal for fitness, and I'm looking forward to seeing where this journey takes me. I will be posting more about this new direction as it becomes more clear to me. I am looking forward to exploring and re-exploring this part of me that is so important and, for women, often left to the way side.
There are a lot of reasons women don't set out to experience a deep exploration of their physical capacities, and for many, it's simply fatigue over the fact that so much emphases is already put on their bodies. Many of us just want to say SHUT UP ALREADY about the obsession with our bodies, and I get that feeling sometimes too.
But ladies (and gents) please don't let someone else dictate how you will approach your body and your life. It's yours to explore and a vital part of your spiritual experience.