Tonight I was talking with a friend who said, “It seems like you’ve disappeared recently.” She’s right – I’ve been outrageously busy and it has seemed like there’s been something going on every waking moment for the last couple of months. That’s not a complaint – with the exception of Evie’s passing and the grief that came with it, this has been an exceptionally good time for me.
But with this sort of busy-ness, some things fall through the cracks. One of those things has been my body. I haven’t been hiking in the last several weeks (as I promised myself I would do on my birthday List of 37) and I haven’t been stretching (also a commitment I made on that list.)
Of those two, the bigger issue is stretching. For the last few weeks I’ve felt like my muscles were tying themselves up in knots – especially my neck muscles. I keep thinking about stretching, but then I get distracted (or more specifically, I distract myself).
Tonight I decided that enough was enough. I pulled out my favorite stretching tape by Tamilee Webb and gave myself the gift of unwinding for a few minutes. It felt SO GOOD!!! Why, I ask myself, am I not doing this every day? Goodness knows. Something to do with inertia – once I stopped doing it, it became harder to start again. Perhaps now inertia will start to move the other way – in doing it, it will become easier and easier to do it each day and it will feel unnatural not to.
But tonight I feel much happier for having done it. Thanks, Tamilee! And thanks to my body for not completely giving up on me even when I become unmindful for a while. I’m grateful that all it takes is a few minutes to get back in sync.