So you know I recently discovered yoga. Our family doctor recently re-commended it to my parents, and I considered that the final confirmation I needed that it’s definitely enriching my life. I love to see new faces in the class I take. I feel so happy for them that they’re about to discover the magic.
And then, the other day I wrote about hot tea, which I don’t do every day – but I was so not kidding about how sold I’ve become on its healing powers. And I can’t wait to try all the flavors you recommended! (Are they flavors or brands? I think I’ll figure it out . . .)
I noticed at some point around the start of this blog that writing at least one little piece of something before I go to sleep at night can make that whole day seem fully lived. A director from one of my favorite DVD commentaries (I love those things) said that his parents taught him to “do something creative every day.” I love that guy’s parents. And I totally agree with them.
I hope you have things like that – things that you find when you do them you’re not just getting through life but actually living it. There aren’t very many of these things I manage to do every single day without fail, but if I hit on one or two of them, it brings the whole day out of its forgettable state. And this post is about another good every-day activity: Dancing.
I learned about it from Kris Carr. She stars in the documentary, Crazy Sexy Cancer, about her determination to find natural ways to prolong her life despite a terminal diagnosis of untreatable cancer. One thing I remember her saying in the documentary is that she dances every day. She turns on music in her kitchen, living room – wherever she is – and she just moves to it. You can imagine, in light of this post, how much immediate sense that made to me.
Of course, I don’t do it every day. But when I do – I feel way better. It’s easy to find music in this house worth moving to. If it’s not on my iTunes, then it’s playing behind the credits of the last movie we watched. Or if I’m really lucky, it’s playing IN the movie – and we can “Brazzle Dazzle Day” our way to health with Nora and Pete on Pete’s Dragon. (Jake’s love for this movie is easily one of my favorite things about him. That movie is like a little cup of sunshine.) And, I gotta say, although I can learn a dance without too much stress, I can’t remember them later. So it’s not like I have a repertoire of awesome moves in my internal soul library. So when I say “dance”, I mean move happily to the beat. Or not even to the beat. Just move. It is so liberating. I like to do it in the kitchen while I’m cooking or unloading the dishwasher, in front of a movie (as mentioned) with Jake, or all alone in front of the bathroom mirror with the chaos of motherhood locked on the other side. I like swaying to a slow one, kicking it with a happy one – it all works. And convinces me every time how right that woman was.
Every day: Do something creative and just move it. What’s on your list? Which part of the day makes you feel most alive?