If there was a support group for people who loved to exercise in need of a lead facilitator it would be me. I have always loved exercise; when I was young I “used” exercise as a means to make me feel better, to serve as a connector to other people and for its empowering way of making life more fun-today, I use exercise for enjoying those same experiences and for many more too.
If you are in need of a mental shift to the greater and brighter, if you live better in knowing that you are leading a proactive stance in your quest for health and longevity and or you prosper In the knowing that moving your body offers a sure-fire positive return on investment then embrace exercise in all of its many blessings with enthusiasm and gratitude today. Now, I do admit to know that I may be in the minority when it comes to my zeal and commitment to exercise. A common misconception around exercise is that it takes too much time. Here is an opportunity to heal that false belief; studies confirm that we can enjoy the proactive health and disease preventative benefits of exercise in as little as two to three 10 minute bouts of exercise supportively spaced throughout your day. Dedicating yourself to mindful movement before or after breakfast, lunch and dinner is a simple way to stay present to and for the opportunity to build fitness everyday. You can take that good habit and make it greater by adding intensity to each of these 10 minute wellness windows; by simply adding interval training practices or changing speeds and the intensity to your walking, running, biking, etc., you will maximize your innate chemistry for longevity, metabolism and overall results. In much the same way we practice and affirm the connectedness of all things-exercise serves to benefit all areas systems in our bodies too; our cardiovascular, immune, cognitive/neurological, hormonal among others are served by us choosing to move.
You can see and use exercise as a catalyst to support your spiritual practices too. All motion creates positive emotion. Throughout the day you can count on exercise to support you in affirming your intentions to live a God-centered life. If you find smaller, more limited thinking creeping in on you-move and make your mind bigger with possibility.
A powerful discovery that I have made is in how in moving in the morning before I pray, meditate and do my visioning I can enjoy a whole new level of clarity and power in these practices. You may know someone or a time yourself when you were meditating and doing all you could to awaken clarity and purpose only to be drawn to a yawn and a greater desire to go back to sleep. I have been there too, and by employing a new, empowered sequence of mind-body practices my Spiritual practice has become more alive with fire and purpose. The “recipe” is simple and effective, you use the power of natural chemicals that our body’s are blessed with and put them to work; norepinephrine, serotonin and dopamine are all ready and willing partners with you in building a clear, positive and alive vision for your life. And every time we choose to move we set them in motion too and they go out about the good business of enhancing our practice with confidence and greater conviction. Motivation to move first thing in the morning may be an issue, overcoming the inertia of laying bed may appear to big an obstacle… here is more good news, in as little as 5 minutes you can ignite a chemical cascade that will serve your body and mind with an effective dose of motivational medicine to get your through every daily practice.
At my spiritual home Mile Hi Church in Denver Colorado we are encouraged to “treat and move our feet” referring to using the power of affirmative prayer and mind treatment and taking action to support the desired outcome. Let’s consider the power of adding active prayer to our practice. Active prayer is an opportunity to move our bodies which in turn move our minds to a higher place and knowing. We are given the power to choose to move, chose to move with gratitude, and with inspiration, knowing that with every step and every breath we are healing our bodies and raising our consciousness to heal the world around us.
Dr. James Rouse, ND
Dr. James Rouse is a naturopathic physician with extensive credentials in the wellness field including post-doctorate work in acupuncture, Chinese medicine and transpersonal psychology.