How has July been treating you? ☀️
I've been thinking of you as I play in the sun and stay active with the kids during summer vacation.
Do you ever have moments when you don't trust your body?
You wonder if you can physically do what your brain is asking your body to do?
I had this EXACT moment recently when embarking in an activity I hadn't done for a long time!
My left shoulder has been a bit cranky lately and I questioned if it could help climb a 28 foot high climbing wall!!!
I started to feel sensations of anxiety and fear begin to arrive in my body.
Pupils wide. 👀
Butterflies in stomach. 🦋
Breathing rate up! ⬆️
I was harnessed in.
No where else to go but up.
I was wall climbing after multiple years away from the floor to celling high wall!
Within 10 seconds of recognizing my questioning, I took off on the wall. I posted the video over on my Instagram and Facebook this week if you want to see more!
This all got me thinking about how our brain interprets our physical activity adventures.
I came up with THREE filters we use.
Past Lisa said, "You got this. You've done this before with success. But wait, remember when you skinned your knee on the way down? Oh, and when you overdid it with you hip in the past, what if you overdo it with your shoulder today?"
Present Lisa said, "Can I trust this body to take this brain up 28 feet? Seeing the rope system, is it working correctly? Hearing the snap of the rope and the jingle of the carabiner (a metal loop with a spring-loaded gate), is it intact? Feeling the harness around my thighs, is it safe?"
Future Lisa said, "You can't afford to bugger up your shoulder. What if you fall? You are the primary care giver of those kids over there. You've got to get them home."
It is SO amazing how our bodies want to keep us safe. I was safe. I enjoyed an hour of climbing adventures with my kids AND felt great doing it!
This reminded me of the quote from Henry Ford,
Listen - being present in the moment will help you trust your body. And actually listening to your thoughts too.
Start to notice. Thoughts of the past, present and future as they arrive.
What summer adventures have you been up to? Have you been listening to the undertones your brain and body are telling you?
And share with me what shows up by simply hitting reply!
Stay well and happy moving,
P.S., Check out this post from last year that highlights 4 key questions to ask yourself when bumping up to obstacles with your physical activity.
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