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Body Appreciation – Awe, Wonder & Appreciation

Last post we talked about “The Disconnect” that can occur from the beautiful gift of our machines. It can happen for many reasons. But this disconnection is designed to never allow yourself to be satisfied or at home in your body.

And the messages from marketers are all around the superficial. Get thinner. Get stronger. Get whatever.

This can leave you chronically discontented with your physical body.

What if we stood back and looked at all your body DOES moment to moment? What is in that noticing, you could begin to stand in awe – wonder – and deep gratitude for the gift that is your body?

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Let me know what you think and how this shift goes for you.

Peace, Sarah

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Inspired Mover – Irene Vuu

IreneThis is Irene. She is one of MANY women at my gym who inspire me. You’re going to see more of these amazing movers in the coming months.

Irene is just one of those people who seemed to latch on to CrossFit like a fish to water. I remember when she started – she seemed a little nervous, but more excited. Within a couple of months she was kicking some serious a##.

For me, it’s always about watching how someone moves. Irene moves really fluidly – she throws around a great deal of weight, but it’s like the barbells are an extension of her own body. It’s really fun to watch her move. She inspires me.

I think she’ll inspire you too. Here’s her story, in her own words:

Have you always been a mover?
Yes — maybe not always in a specific sport, but growing up, I’d much prefer doing Maker:S,Date:2017-1-17,Ver:6,Lens:Kan03,Act:Lar02,E-Ysomething active (swimming, playing tag, etc) over watching TV or reading. I ran cross country and track in high school, and then continued running leisurely (with some 5k’s, half-marathons, and 2 marathons) since then.

What are your favorite ways to move your body?
Most sports that don’t require aiming, haha. In general, I’m not the best athlete when it comes to sports where there’s a target/goal involved, so that’s why I stuck with running for so long. Prior to joining CrossFit and outside of running, I occasionally enjoyed yoga, swimming, biking, and hiking.

How/When did you find CrossFit?
My classmate had really brought it to my attention about 2-3 years ago. Before she mvimg_20180502_110828.jpgmentioned it, I thought it just was for superstar athletes who are ripped. During the training for my most recent TC marathon, I got really bored of training/running by myself, and running in general. I knew I had endurance locked down, but I never thought of myself as being “strong.” The winter and spring after that marathon, I tried ClassPass, which allowed me to check out different gyms and workouts. I knew I had wanted to join a CrossFit gym then, but I couldn’t get over how much it would cost me. Finally, I was enticed by Timberwolf, and the rest is history.

What do you like about it?
I like that it’s constantly a new/different challenge. If it’s not a challenge with burpees today, then it’s a challenge with deadlifts or pull-ups or double-unders or etc. Because there are so many movements, there’s always something to improve on. I’m not sure I’d ever be able to master all of the things I’d like to (Rachel Shores is goals AF). Also, I really enjoy the TWCF community. Even though most of the workouts are done individually, I can count on other gym members to push me through it.

Is moving your body important to you? Why?
Definitely. Not only is it a stress reliever, but I have to be active in order to balance the sitting I do all day at school, haha. Not only that, but in my mind, it’s a privilege to be able to move my body. Maker:S,Date:2017-1-17,Ver:6,Lens:Kan03,Act:Lar02,E-YOur bodies and the movements they can produce are gifts, and I consider myself lucky to be born relatively healthy and physically-able. I also think about how I don’t want to be sitting in my rocking chair 40 years from now thinking about how I wish I would’ve moved more when I was physically able to.

What have you learned?
I’ve learned so much about weights (in general) since joining CrossFit. I don’t feel as awkward walking into a weight room (there will always be awkwardness, haha). Also, I’ve learned more about my body and how it changes with the stresses I’m putting on it — how my shoulders take a lot of the hits that my hips aren’t helping with -_- (I really want to work on that).

What are your goals?
I want to be stronger – lift heavier (back squats and deadlifts), be able to a chest to bar, Maker:S,Date:2017-1-17,Ver:6,Lens:Kan03,Act:Lar02,E-Ymuscle up, handstand walk, and 2 double-unders in a row, and maybe also work on overhead lifts (snatches kill me). Another goal is do more research on nutrition, and how it can supplement/complement my workouts.

How does moving your body support the all of you?
Gives me a time and space to focus on me — because when you’re gasping for air after your 16th burpee, you’re not thinking about what frustrated you at work today or the many responsibilities you have to deal with after.

What advice do you have for people around movement?
Move in the way that goes with your flow and makes you happy and present.

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Thanks Irene! You’re an amazing mover.

I hope we’ll get to work out together again soon.

Until then, know that you are an inspiration.
xo, Sarah


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Bravely Creating

There is something SURREAL about holding your book in your hands.

Something you made and put forth.
It is both out of body and wildly embodied experience.

The process of putting my poetry forth has been a combination of being brave, doing the work of regular writing, and shutting down my inner critic.

Sometimes this process felt like my full-time job…HA!

I talk about Bravely Creating in this week’s Pajama Talk – maybe it will be helpful to you. There are some ideas and resources that helped me.

Do you create? Do you share your creations? If not, why? If so, how does it feel? And have you felt that creating is a holy experience?

For me, it has been just that. Co-creating with the Divine and leaning into my edges of fear that try and keep me small.

In addition, it’s about letting go of any “results.” Just putting it forth as a gift…not worrying about how many people read/see it, how many people buy it, how it is received.

Detachment from the results. hooboy! Fertile ground.

Anyhow, I’d love to hear your process and how you till the garden of your creativity.

Also, if you want a copy of my book of poetry, you can order BY CLICKING HERE.

Much peace, S


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Self-Compassion – Tool #5

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The gift of Self-Compassion is a practice.

Like a string of pearls, each time you practice a moment of self-compassion, you string a pearl. And as you practice, you string another and another and another until you have a beautiful string.

And those pearls can help gird you when your inner critic pipes in to tell you you aren’t good enough.

And those pearls can help gird you in the face of a culture whose messages are designed to make you feel less than, not enough, always lacking.

And truly, like this quote says, this string can change your life.

Collect your pearls.

You are a gift.

xo


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Self Compassion – Tool #3

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Words are powerful. I believe that what we say has a hand in what we create.

If you say, “I am bummed” enough….you will, indeed be bummed.

If you say, “I’m not good enough” or “I’m not able” or “I’m not worthy”…these things will be.

Words are powerful.

What if, instead, you said things that are constructive?

I am powerful.

I am beautiful.

I am brilliant.

I am able.

I am.

I am.

I am.

Give it a shot. Participate in the creation of your future. Life doesn’t just happen to you. You co-create it. You take what has been given and decide what to do with it.

I am ______________.
What are you?

Last time we talked stop signs. Now replace them with reconstructed I am’s.

Let me know how it goes.
Peace, Sarah


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Inspired Mover – Kate Havelin

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This month Inspired Mover is Kate Havelin.

There is so much about Kate that inspires me. She has written a bunch of books – her latest that I highly recommend is called Explore Twin Cities Outdoors and please check out her blog Going Places where she writes about her travels, activism (the story on her arrest with BLM is outstanding), art and nature.

kate flowers.jpgKate is breathtakingly beautiful and seems to have no attachment to it. She is self-assured, incredibly smart, talented and articulate. She is also tremendously humble and loving with a deep desire to serve and make the world a better place.

Also, Kate is a kick-ass mover.
1) At Bootcamp, she always challenges herself.
2) She meets herself wherever she is on the day she comes to class. She modifies as she needs to without worrying about what anyone else thinks.
3) She moves in many different ways – paddling, yoga, walking, hiking…

Here’s Kate’s story in her own words:

What do you like about getting out into nature?

Being outside– exploring alone in the woods, strolling through parks, or walking along the river– makes me feel connected and part of the world. It’s a treat to hear wind kate kayak.jpgthrough trees, waves whooshing, birds chirping, people biking, walking, paddling along the river– it’s life in action! I feel lucky that I’ve gotten to explore nature for my work. I hiked dozens of trails to research my new trail guide, Explore Twin Cities Outdoors, which will be out this spring. It’s fun to get out and see new places!

Have you always liked to move your body?

Growing up, I had a big disconnect between my mind and my body. I believed that the ‘me’ that mattered was only from the neck up, my head. My body was just this thing that wasn’t the real me. I played sports– field hockey, soccer, lacrosse, but never considered myself an athlete. I was a writer, student, etc. I didn’t like my body, always thought my neck, legs were too big.

Kate outdoorsIn college, when I began running, just to run, I began shifting my idea of who I was. Running, at first, let me cope with a broken heart. In time, running helped me connect my body and head. I saw that I was strong and could run long distances. I was happy with what my body could accomplish and began to accept how I looked.

Is movement something you feel like you ‘have to’ do or something you ‘like to’ do?

I hear and read about how so many people have to force themselves to move their bodies. Sure, there are mornings when I want to turn the 5 AM alarm off and burrow Kate Nature1under the blankets, but I know when I get up, have coffee, and get moving, it’s the best way to start the day. That said, this morning, I did not set the alarm since i stayed up too late and know I needed sleep more than AM exercise. I do try to be balanced, and not force myself to exercise if other parts of my life are too crazy (ie. Too much work, not enough sleep, injuries that need rest more than movement)

Why do you like to move?

I know that exercise makes me happy and keeps me balanced. Moving my body– running, walking, Boot Camp, yoga– helps my mind as much or more than it helps my body. I am so thankful that I like exercise.

What are your favorite ways to move?

Kate Smiling.jpgFor three plus decades, running was the activity I loved most. I ran when I was antsy, sad, bored, angry. I ran regularly from my junior year in college until two years ago. I ran 18 marathons, along with a few ultra-marathons, in a decade, starting when I turned 40. By age 55, my body let me know running wasn’t working for me anymore. I have scant cartilage in my right knee, and I’ve accepted that I can’t run anymore. I miss the joy and freedom of running, moving through time and woods, like an animal, my mind floating free. I’m grateful for every mile, every race I had. Now, I focus on finding joy in other ways to move. Kayaking is the the closest thing to running I’ve found. It’s a delight to step into a kayak, paddle alone on kate nature3the water, and use my body to float free in the world. I can’t wait to get out and kayak this year. Until then, I’m enjoying working up a sweat at Boot Camp with you, Tula yoga classes, using cross-trainers, exercise bikes, rowing machines, and free weights at my gym, the Jewish Community Center, and walking outside. It’s been a treat to walk outdoors in California and Arizona this winter, with my husband. Hiking hilly trails, being in nature, is a delight. After breaking my wrist slipping on ice in December 2016, I’m really cautious about winter walking in Minnesota. But even here, I’ve been able to get outside and walk. Soon, I’ll be able to bike outside again!

Does your body feel differently now that you’re older when you move? In what way?

Kate by Sign.jpgI joke that aging is like playing Twister– having to focus on injuries and sore spots, Left wrist! Right foot! I’m 57 and expect that I will have to do more to keep my body flexible and healthy enough so I can keep moving. And I’m motivated to keep active. I know I have to manage my weight so my bones and joints aren’t forced to deal with excess pounds. I know I can’t do everything I used to do, and I will find new activities that suit my body– less pounding, no jumping, more stretching, more time in the pool, on a bike, in a kayak.

Does getting older frustrate you in any way or no?

The alternative to getting older is being dead. I don’t want to live forever, but for as long as I can, I want to keep moving.

How is your love of travel and exploration and movement connected?

I love, love, love seeing new places, heading out on trails and streets where I don’t know what’s around the bend. That’s a thrill of traveling.

What do you like about getting out into nature?

Kate Nature2Being outside– exploring alone in the woods, strolling through parks, or walking along crowded city sidewalks– makes me feel connected and part of the world. It’s a treat to hear wind through trees, waves whooshing, birds chirping, people, bikes, cars, and buses passing– it’s life in action!

How does moving your body support the all of you?

I get stressed easily and moving helps balance that stress.

What advice do you have for us?

Find some way of moving your body that makes you happy. Maybe it’s walking around a lake with a friend. Maybe it’s Tai Chi or martial arts. Maybe it’s swimming alone or racing with hundreds of people. All of us are animals who need to use our bodies.

Thank you Kate for inspiring me and so many others. xo