What moves you?
POST BY GUEST THINKER: SARA CATHERINE WHEATLEY ::
In our modern world, we associate exercise with a grind. With boredom. With a “this is a necessary evil” kind of attitude. What if we shifted our thoughts toward movement instead of exercise? When I hear the words “What moves you?” I tend to think of art (like seeing Van Gogh’s self-portraits in person when my heart melted in my chest)…or music (like being brought to tears by the swelling finale of Beethoven’s 9th or embracing impromptu slow dances with my honey to the tender voice of Stevie Wonder singing ‘Overjoyed’)…or film (like that stunning scene in Philadelphia when Tom Hanks is listening to Maria Callas singing an aria and I felt so much joy and pain simultaneously). These things move my heart and my soul. They move me to feel something.
What would happen if we looked at exercise the same way? What if we thought of our workouts as a chance to be moved? A chance to stir up our hearts and our souls, to make us feel something.
When I started looking at exercise this way, it had a major impact on me. I stopped looking at my body as something that wasn’t good enough—something that could never do yoga poses quite right or burn enough calories—and started seeing my body for all that it can do. For all the ways it can move. And in turn, it moved me on a much deeper level. Now, when I’m moving (in or out of the gym or studio), I’m struck by the joy a functional and healthy body brings me, and I’m in awe of just how miraculous the human body is.
What would happen if we changed our mindset from moving because we have to to moving because we can? What if our own movement sparked joy, love and inspiration in our minds and bodies instead of boredom, self-loathing and shame?
About our guest: Sara Catherine Wheatley is a barre3 Master Trainer, Certified Health Coach, and performer (everything from musical theatre to ‘80s cover band!) based in Nashville, TN.