Sunday, December 12, 2010

body integration (#reverb10)

Reverb 10 is an annual event and online initiative to reflect on your year and manifest what’s next. Use the end of your year as an opportunity to reflect on what's happened, and to send out reverberations for the year ahead. With Reverb 10 - and the 31 prompts our authors have created for you - you'll have support on your journey.
Prompt: Body integration. This year, when did you feel the most integrated with your body? Did you have a moment where there wasn't mind and body, but simply a cohesive YOU, alive and present?

Well there were certainly times when I did NOT feel integrated with my body this year.  There was the time when I said "shut the f*ck up" under my breath to my spin teacher and then there was the time when I was crying during PiYo (pilates/yoga) class; definitely not my finest moments.

This fall I started having Friday morning dates with my dog.  We would get up early and walk to the lakefront to see the sunrise.  Camel really appreciates a beautiful sunrise over the lake.  
Our Friday morning walks are amazing.  We start off walking in the dark, and when we get to the lake, the sun starts to rise over the lake.  It is such a peaceful walk because we start so early.  The lakefront is mostly ours.  The lakefront and Grant Park can be busy on a decent day.  Our early morning walks make me feel like the city belongs to us.  There is a quote I remember reading over 20 years ago that I say whenever I have my 'early morning tranquil feeling':  The early morning has gold in its mouth.  When Camel and I are on our sunrise walks, I usually end up saying that out loud.
So, I would venture to say that Camel and I both feel 'alive and present' our on 1.5 hour Friday morning walks. 


  1. Oh that sounds like a lovely routine! Beautiful view too!

  2. Squee... I love your dog.

  3. I bet those peaceful, quiet walks make you think that you can conquer the world!

  4. I could be wrong...but maybe you are the only ones walking because camel likes to bite everyone.