Body integration

December 12 – 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?

With rasping breath I sang out a few bars from the theme to Chariots of Fire. I could hear my heart beating in my ears, my legs struggled to keep moving, one step at a time. I could see my doorstep in the distance, as my muscles screamed out in protest. Finally, we arrived at my doorstep. I nearly collapsed on the step but not before giving Chandra a high five.

It was my first 5k, and I made it through. My body was complaining but I was hyped, full of adrenaline and a sense of accomplishment. I could call myself a runner now, at least a recreational one. I don’t love running, but I love the way it makes me feel; as if I could do anything, as if I have control over my body.

This from the girl who was allowed to run half as many laps in gr. 5 gym because her teacher was tired of waiting for her to finish after everyone else.

Since then I’ve become a bit addicted to the feeling of running. My days are so much better when I run. I’ll never be a natural runner, it’s a struggle still for me to get to 5k. But it keeps me more fit and healthy, and most importantly happier. Alive. Present. Connected to my body.

2 Comments

  • By Chandra, December 12, 2010 @ 8:21 pm

    YAY FOR RUNNING!!!! You need to live closer to me so we can go out again! :)

  • By Hezabelle, December 12, 2010 @ 8:22 pm

    I know! I totally do! I miss you showing up at my door!

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