movement is medicine

image source: album cover from Babe Rainbow

I haven’t shared on here in a while, I took some time to connect with my intuition to evaluate my values and to center myself.

I was really craving some time to go inwards and also to listen more than I created and expressed.

I’m grateful that I took this time and space for myself.

And with that, I am ready to begin sharing on here more regularly again.

This piece is going to be on movement.

My experience with it and why it can change your life.

We all know that movement is good for us,

But we commonly take it for granted.

I find myself always underestimating how healing and uplifting some movement can be.

Whenever I’m feeling a bit stuck I’ll put on one song and move to it and I’m always amazed at how much of an impact such a small act has on my overall mood.

Now I’m not saying a dance or run can make everything better.

There are times when you need to just sit with yourself.

It’s important to listen to your body and not force yourself to move when you’re not up to it.

Evaluating why you want to move is really important.

It could be beneficial to check in with yourself and question if you are wanting to work out to feel good or because you feel you have to?

And if you find it is because you feel you have to, maybe take it a step further and question why it is that you feel that way?

Being able to move your body is a gift.

Something to feel grateful for, a way to cultivate joy.

I am so grateful to have the time, the health, the space, and the resources to move.

Even with this mindset sometimes you just need a little momentum to get you going.

Which is totally fine some days you might crave intense movement and some days you might want something gentle.

A good way to feel into this is to begin a workout with some stretching and a warm-up of dancing or walking and then check-in and see if you’re feeling ready to get on with something more or if you feel good where you’re at.

Whether or not you dedicate space for a work out into your day there is always room for some movement. 

I find dance to be an expressive outlet where I can instantly feel like I am transforming my energy and mood.

But this is honestly true for all forms of movement.

Run, walk, swim, surf, skate, bike, hike, dance, lift, yoga, or anything else you enjoy.

Do whatever resonates with your being.

For me, I just really love dance.

If I realize I woke up feeling off I’ll try a little boogie around the kitchen and I can instantly feel a change.

You can do a little boogie at any time.

If you know me you know I’m almost always dancing around my room or while cooking.

I love the lyric “you can’t dance and stay uptight” from Dancing in the Moonlight, because it holds so much truth.

I find that physically moving through your emotions whether joyful or hurtful can allow emotional cultivation or release.

I have used dance and movement to help me work through some pretty intense emotions.

Movement is so healing, which is why I love the phrase “movement is medicine” because I truly believe in the power of movement.

Not only is movement expressive and sacred and spiritual, but its benefits are also scientifically backed. 

Did someone say endorphins??

Something as simple as a dance around your room can change your entire mood.

You deserve to feel good.

It’s not selfish to take care of yourself.

You need to take care of yourself to take care of others.

How could you include some more movement in your day?

How could you use movement as medicine?

xx,

Kali

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