I am no exercise nut. My knee hurts on a regular basis, (I injured it a couple of years ago trying to train for a 5K) and I just had my first of three cortisone injections for the “crazy pain” that’s going on in my lower back. Exercise is not what I would prefer to do at this point in my life. But I do, nearly everyday, because there is so much power in our bodies for healing!
I went to my first yoga class the other day and I was struck by how much we can do for our own healing- mind and body- by intentional breathing and stretching. So simple! So easy! I mean the same physical and emotional tension we feel in our bodies, when we are anxious/stressed/worried/angry/depressed, we can prevent/control/drive away by being deliberate about breathing through it or simply not engaging with it. “Clear your mind from those intrusive thoughts” the yoga instructor kept saying. “Shoo them away!” “Listen to your breath” “Be aware of the tension in your body and let it go.”
WOW! I may be late coming to this, but now at 40, even when my eyes have begun to fail me, belly fat is my new BFF, pain is more the norm than not, I am more convinced than ever that we are so blessed to have these bodies that have the CAPACITY to do so much healing, even before the therapist, or medication or prayer.
So take a walk, sit and breathe, be aware of the little crazy thoughts that come knocking at our minds and shoo them away, really USE these beautiful instruments we have been given.
I still remember when I told my psychiatrist I was ready to stop taking anti-depressants, he said “Be sure to do two things every day: LAUGH and EXERCISE.”
Thank God for these bodies we have!
“Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? So glorify God in your body.” 1 Corinthians 6:19-20