What Our Body Needs4 comments
I have a secret for you. If we listen, our body always tells us what we need. It tells us when we are hungry or full, when we are cold and hot, when we need water or need to get away from a situation. It tells us when we are tense and when we are happy. It is to our great fortune to listen carefully.
In today’s meditation we will be bringing our awareness into different parts of the body.
What do you hear when you listen to your body? What is it saying to you?
Me? My body needs warmth.
Read this essay published October 29 in Rochester’s Democrat and Chronicle , this week in my local paper:
Jodi Aman of Irondequoit won’t be singing the winter blues
Even though I avoid being cold at all costs, the imminence of the coming Rochester winter has not filled me with dread like it used to. A decade ago, I would have felt trapped inside on a cold winter day, only braving the subzero temperatures to make the mad dash to and from my car when I had to go somewhere. Feeling blue because I wanted to be outdoors and close to nature, I would sit, practically immobilized, impatient for spring to spring.
This year, though, I will be free from the icicle prison. I won’t have to kiss nature goodbye or watch it forlornly from my window for four months. No, I am not headed south for the winter. I am staying right here — and instead of whining, I will be smiling contently. The transformation from confinement to liberation happened by actually spending more time outside.
A few years ago, I noticed that the folks who participated in outdoor winter sports did not grumble as much as I did. So I joined their ranks and started walking in the woods several days a week.
My ritual promenade drastically changed my relationship with winter. Rejuvenated by nature, filled with serotonin released during the exercise and empowered by upholding my promise, my disposition now stays cheerful all winter long. Even when I am not walking, the travel to and from the car and my time outside caring for my chickens or playing with my kids is effortless despite the frigid temperatures. Effortless equals freedom.
How did I do it?
When we were researching building “green” a few years ago, we came across a metaphor used to describe how to conserve energy in homes built in harsh winter climates: Give it good boots, a good coat and a good hat. In other words, well insulate the floor, the walls and the roof. Applying this concept to myself, I invested in warm boots, a warm coat and a warm hat. This has made all the difference.
It sounds like an advertisement for outerwear, but it is not: I am promoting the free and ever-available nourishment the outdoors provides for the body and soul. I am no longer willing to be separated from my beloved trees or limited to stale air interiors for four months. Instead, I will again commit to dressing warm and exercising outside throughout the winter months.
I was surprised to have so many inspired responses to this article! I thought I’d share one with you. This is from Sue Staropoli, a good friend and consultant in the fields of holistic health and spirituality.
My body needs warmth, what does your body need?
Jodi Aman / /