Happy Thanksgiving weekend!
It can be hard sometimes to appreciate our bodies.
A pull here.
An ache there.
And sometimes outright pain that makes us feel like not moving at all.
You feel broken.
I get it. I'm there right with you.
How do you manage the pulls, aches and pains your body has?
Is it time to listen to what your body is telling you?
I mean, really listen.
How can you change the way you interpret your discomforts?
Recently, I've been learning about the Japanese art of repairing the broken, Kintsugi.
Essentially, it is the practice of physically mending areas of breakage in pottery.
Think shattered plate dropped on the floor!
The Kintsugi practice takes all those broken pieces of ceramic and reforms the plate by filling the cracks with lacquer either dusted or mixed with gold, silver and platinum.
Talk about highlighting the cracks with some valuable material!
Now you might ask, "Lisa, what does pottery have to do with physical activity?!"
Well, I'd like you to look beyond the surface and to the deeper meaning of Kintsugi - the appreciation of what is imperfect.
Our bodies have and will continue to have pulls, aches and pains. Thank goodness we get these signals before we really push too hard. Is there a place where we can appreciate these signals?
Can we value and embrace our bodies' cracks and the history they represent?
With doing so, will this allow you to connect to your story, your history and more the way your body can move in this moment?
On this Canadian Thanksgiving weekend, I encourage you to consider the Japanese art of Kintsugi. Look for the ways your body, with its imperfections, can move well.
Say thank you.
Give thanks to all the cracks that can be highlighted with liquid gold.
If this is intriguing to you, watch this recent video on the concept of Kintsgui and how it relates to how our bodies feel.
Stay well and happy moving,
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