Life is movement. Where there is no movement, there is a compromise in the quality of life. This is observable in several aspects of everyday life. When there is stagnation of money, material comfort and expansion gets compromised. When there is no physical movement, health gets compromised due to lack of movement. The body is designed to move. There is movement in the body all the time - the heart beats (and God help if it stops!), respiration is rhythmic and relatively constant depending on rate of activity but always present and moving. Blood is constantly moving through the arteries, capillaries and veins. If there is stagnation, there are problems. Bones and muscles are designed to aid in movement. They would calcify or sclerose or atrophy if there is no movement.
Life tends to balance, harmonize and evolve given the right environment and adequate resources. If there is compromise in the space, safety and resources, there is compromise in the natural tendency of life to move towards better balance, harmony and evolution, and there would consequently be compromise in the quality of life. Period.
Breath is expansion and contraction, which is basically movement. Muscles contract and relax, which is basically what the breath does. The breath supports movement and movement supports breath. What breathes is alive. So, move and breathe well to live well.
I am a body of water. I became a human being from having moved through evolution from a unicellular organism in the primitive ocean of early Earth to my current land-based existence in various conditions of solid earth. Far from the water bodies sometimes, I always come to and need some form of water to sustain, because each of the cells in my body are almost 70% water and needs periodic replenishment to continue to be alive. I am, hence, still much like the original unicellular organism; just hardened on the outside. Even though my human form has come to be from having evolved through several other life forms, I was born to a mother at a point in time, and my birth at this point in time is new - a fresh "piece" of consciousness - a droplet of Consciousness born into the ocean of consciousness.
My waters get muddied from being through several experiences of living. Pleasant experiences render a flavor to my waters and so does unpleasant experiences. When faced with challenges, I engage with all the resources I have to get through the challenge I face, and become better than what I was previously or get precipitated with more particles "muddying" my waters some more.
My waters clarify when I get in touch with my original waters, my tissues re-membering its content quality reminiscent of the droplet of Consciousness that I am as I was conceived fresh, untainted by the reality of current circumstances. As I remember more, I remember the original primordial waters of Consciousness from which came forth all that there is. In the lightness of my waters from having remembered my original waters, the residues and particles precipitated from my various experiences of living can just be and in time would settle to the bottom of my water body in the waters still from the remembrance, which in time would get transmutated or recycled into the material with which All That There Is is made, and I can breathe my breath of life and be born again.
Flow, stuccato, chaotic, lyrical and stillness; the 5-rhythm dance as expounded by Gabrielle Roth is a gentle, self-exploratory but most importantly a way to be and become by the explorer's own efforts through dance, and anybody can dance. If you dont think you can dance, then the 5-rhythm exploration through movement is just the way to begin. Do watch until the end before beginning practice :-)
It is getting back to be ones original self. Not just getting back on feet, on some feet and carrying on however though that is also resilience in being able to get up and go. It may come to be that eventually one would get back to ones original feet but the real juice is in being able to do that soon after )being knocked out of it by whatsoever circumstances, for example), in a flash of a second if you may.
What is original self? It is who one is really. It is the person within all the different personas and identities assumed, which are much like clothes worn for the day. In the end of the day, those clothes are taken off to don more comfortable not-really-to-impress clothes, and even within all of these clothes is the real naked person who does not change skin at will whenever, who experiences life through the different circumstances and situations and who has a history (more like 'his' or 'her' story which comprises of his/her ancestry, cultural background, upbringing and circumstances thereof, influences through schools and neighbourhood, whose likes and dislikes have been shaped through various experiences of living). Within even that person is a self which is like the soul of the person who makes choices, who has the ability to change 'channels' by choosing differently (like changing a TV channel by clicking a different button on the remote control, and that change is a change of choice), who has an energy or frequency all of the person's own. It is when the thoughts are not borrowed or a replica of someone else's. It is original. What comes into being from this original self may never have come into existence before. This self is authentic, second to no one else. It is the first person after which comes even parents who are the first relatives after birth with the mother being the first relationship from having a heartbeat the first time in the womb. The self of a person is related to this woman by the relationship named mother. The self of a person is a consciousness who then forms relationships in this space and time called this world. True resilience is in being and coming back to this original self in a flash of a second. It is when the person truly becomes an in-dividual, the original self as an entity of existence - a phenomenon.
Food is anything that can be consumed. It could be material. It could be information. It could be energy. It could be space. It can be consumed and it can be imbibed. What you consume or imbibe becomes you. You are what you food. You are food. You are part of the food chain, literally and figuratively. What kind of food you are depends on what you pay attention to. What you pay attention to becomes food for thought, whether you like it or not. Pay attention to what you pay attention to and you know what is that you consume, and what becomes of it. You become the food you consume and imbibe.
As clichéd as it may sound, there really are two aspects of us that are poles of each other - lets call them the archetypal 2 wolves (honouring the ancestors whosoever introduced the idea of the wolves to the masses). What we eat feeds either the healthy wolf or the unhealthy wolf (I degress from tradition here - they are not the good and the bad wolves).
When we eat our veggies and drink our milk and honey, the healthy wolf gets stronger and has us choose healthy constructive lifestyles and healthy quality of life than we would have asked for. When we feed us a lot of coke, fried potatoes, more meat than our body needs, and cigarette and alcohol, the unhealthy wolf is happy and gets us into more trouble than we would have asked for.
Bon appetit !
"Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It's not just in some of us; it's in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others."
~ Marianne Williamson
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