Lately, I find myself replacing the term "workout" with the term "movement". Movement feels good, and it has an energy that resonates with what I do. I recently saw a recording of one of my classes, and I started it off by cheerfully saying, "Let's move!" Yeah, I thought, THAT sounds like fun, and not like a chore.
Inspiration From Ellen
I just wanted to let everyone out there know that I am in the process of renovating ellenbarrett.com. The new site will be up and running sometime in March 2018. Change is good they say and I agree! Stay tuned.....
For the past 12 years, I’ve lived in Connecticut, so I have had my share of snow days. You might be surprised to learn that I don’t feel pressure to workout on these days. I do feel badly about cancelling classes or rescheduling work, and I really hate when my son’s school is called off (!), but I respect Mother Nature so much, that what She says goes.
Using the term Holy Silence instead of “meditation” has helped me look at meditation from a more spiritual angle, and that has made a difference. I’m meditating more often, for longer periods of time and doing it more willingly. It has helped me manage my anxiety and stress and has helped me be better focused.
Being grounded means that you're connected to the earth beneath you, and present in your body. This allows you to feel centered and balanced no matter what's going on, be it stressful or blissful. The spiritual teacher, Ram Das, summed it up perfectly with his catch phrase, “Be here now”. Yet look around - nobody is here now. Everyone is out of body and outta here.
Go outside. Breathe fresh air. Walk barefoot. Swim in the ocean. Watch the sunset. Pick berries. Play with your dog...connecting with nature is good for your soul and your nervous system. I say, the more natural, the better. The healthiest, most vibrant people I know are naturalist.
People of all ages attend my classes and that’s the way it’s been for years - mothers with daughters, college kids on summer break, retirees with time (finally) and everyone in-between. I’ve noticed that some people can be quite low energy and lethargic, while others are very vibrant and filled with life.