Meal Move is exercise and food to improve the mood.
Movement keeps things fresh. There’s a change in place, position or state of being. But for someone who isn’t ready to take action, getting into movement is like trying to push a hundred pound boulder up a steep rocky mountain trail.
I’ve grown to like movement. It has been instrumental in helping me unload three decades of emotional baggage that was too heavy for me to keep “carrying around” every day.
Emotions are powerful, aren’t they? Maybe you have a friend or family member that’s down and out, wrestling with some issue in their life for years and years, with little improvement.
Today I want to offer some hope. Change can happen. And change happens over time.
Meal Move is a way to engage this dynamic of movement over time to bring about change over time. There are two kinds of movement I want to look at:
- Movement in meals
- Movement in body workouts
In this post, we’re going to focus on movement via body workouts. Movement in your body creates movement in your life. So, let’s start with something foundational. Let’s talk posture.
Posture is the way you position yourself.
Physically, it’s your body’s position when you’re standing or sitting.
Mentally, it’s your take towards life. The way you view things.
The attitude behind your position gives you posture. Someone with a winning posture carries both a positive mental attitude and an upright spine ready to support their actions.
In the martial arts, posture manifests itself in what is called stances. There are different stances for different applications of technique. The purpose for a stance is to manage where your weight is. Then you can easily shift it over to where you want to go.
Stances allow a practitioner to stand firm wherever they are and throw whatever strike they need from where they are. This means they have the ability to change stances in a heartbeat. It requires balance, feeling the ground and flowing with action. It can take years of training and practice.
Today, I want to start with a simple “Feel The Ground” exercise.
- Stand with feet shoulder-width apart. Note how it feels to have both feet touching the ground.
- Take a deep breath in through your nose. As you exhale, lift one leg off the ground, bringing your knee to hip-height.
- Let yourself feel the shift in weight. Repeat with other leg.
Do this a few times. Notice how your weight shifts. Imagine your center of gravity as a tennis ball moving. What kind of line would it trace in the air?
Second thing to notice. How do you feel when you have both feet on the ground? When you have one foot on the ground?
If at first, you don’t feel much don’t worry. Try this exercise again later on today or this week and you’ll start to notice something. It’s subtle, but you’ll start to feel it.
What you want to look for is not so much how good you can balance on one leg (although if you can, that does feel good!). This exercise is a way to learn to listen to your body. Become more aware of your surroundings, starting with where your feet touch the ground.
With practice, you’ll be able to stand firm. And if you start to train in the martial arts, you’ll learn to change stances in a heartbeat. The benefit is that you can deal with whatever comes your way with a calm heart. Stressing out can be a thing of the past as you “battle everyday life.”
Stay tuned, next week we’ll talk about movement in meals. (Hint: It’s about “falling in love with food again.”)