From Harried to Harmony

“A Woman in harmony with her spirit
is like a river flowing.
She goes where she will without pretense and arrives at her destination
prepared to be herself
and only herself ”
~ Maya Angelou

My hope is that every client finds this flow and strength and grace. Personally, my days are spent in front of a computer, in a gym hauling heavy weights and with my family washing dishes, cooking food and finding the presence to appreciate the gifts in front of me instead of focusing on the tasks incomplete. Life can feel mundane or tedious, but when we give our journey value and weight (as done in this poem) the day to day becomes more profound and hopefully more inspired.

Clients seek help with their physical body, it is necessary. Often that need for change is a metaphor for change in other areas of their life, and in an unspoken way, we know this. Recognizing that the body and mind and spirit are entwined offers a better understanding of the whole woman and the importance of change in her life. In honor of Maya Angelou, let’s see the beauty in our lives and find our harmony today arriving “without pretense” to our destinations.

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The Legs Feed the Wolf

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With these few words, legendary hockey coach, Herb Brooks insists on intense stamina and speed training in the race to beat competitors. The faster man gets the puck.

Now, I understand that you may not look at your life in terms of predator and prey and that you have no interest in training like a professional athlete. But when it comes to success in your life, this quote is exceedingly appropriate. What do you want and need to do day to day? What are the challenges you face? Who are your “competitors”? What kind of ingenuity, strength and stamina are required for you to metaphorically catch your dinner, keep up or get ahead? I argue, the state of your health and fitness habits will absolutely determine what you bring to the table. Consistent exercise could be an untapped well of better rest, more energy and clearer thinking for the challenges unique to your life.

Memorable, primal and concise, I invite you to post “the legs feed the wolf” somewhere in your space.  Thinking of your healthy habits as a means of getting a promotion or keeping up with your kids or gracefully adapting to change are inspiring motivations to consider. The next time you consider cancelling your workout or postponing a new exercise plan, remember this law. It might just give you the nudge you need to make the better choice.

Have a great weekend! Go Hawks!!!

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