Moving with ease
Instead of setting goals at the start of each year, I prefer to choose a word (or three) to be my theme for the year. I can then revisit at regular intervals throughout the year to ensure my actions and intentions are aligned with this theme. This year, my main focus word has been “EASE”.
In moments of difficulty or overwhelm, it can be worthwhile to consider the situation with a different mindset: How it would feel if this situation were easy? Or, manageable? Enjoyable? What small action could be taken, or thought flipped upside down, would help to gain perspective on this situation? A momentary reset can help to gain clarity – even merely 30 seconds of closing eyes and listening to breath.
Something else that has arisen from recent conversations is wondering about these ongoing niggles in the body – an achy back, a catch in the shoulder, a restricted neck. Sometimes we’ll get ‘fixed’ by professionals, but then eventually go back to our trusty old habitual tendencies and the cycle repeats. Besides obvious injuries, it can be hard to pinpoint exactly what pattern of movements or postures create instability, asymmetry and aggravation in the body.
Let’s consider this one small thing: how do you put your seatbelt on in the car? Do you wrench your dominant arm back and yank the seatbelt forward? Or would it feel more easeful to reach across your body with your opposite arm? There are many unconscious actions we take in the day. I wonder what the ripple effect would be of moving with ease.
Easy peasy, lemon squeezy.