From Dr. Jane's Notebook

Respect your body through mindfulness

            My Father grew up in Miami, Florida at a time when it was possible, he says, to roller skate from one end of the city to the other. That’s how small it was back then. He also says that he had to skate really fast to keep up with the kids whose families could afford bicycles.

            Over the past century our world has grown in so many ways. Generations of humans have built and rebuilt the world.  Advances in technology have changed just about everything we do. Medicine has evolved to help prevent illness, mend and fix us when we break, and even help us live longer. But despite these changes and all of our progress, the one thing that hasn’t changed is our essential make-up as human beings.

            I recently had the opportunity to visit New York City for the weekend. Anticipating all of the activities and long walks through the city, I had some concerns about the wear and tear on my body and my energy level. A weekend like this had potential for genuine exhaustion. This time, however, I decided to listen to my body from the inside out. For me, the message was loud and clear: Rest between activities. Following the example of my heart, I practiced resting between beats. The results were wonderful! I not only felt good all weekend, I felt rejuvenated on Monday and ready for the week ahead. By listening to my body from the inside out, I was able to keep my batteries charged and even returned from the trip with fewer bumps and bruises than usual.

©Copyright, 2006, Jane R. Rosen-Grandon. All rights reserved.

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