Recess! NOW!


We are born to move. Sitting still too long– even for the joy of learning or the necessity of earning rent money– crushes the spirit and outright annoys the body. Oh, if they could only verbalize, maybe we would ignore them less.

Spirit, “Let me out of here! Let me be free!” Robustly, with splendid animation.

Body, “This is BS.” Simmering heat.

Spirit, “Let me go!” Desperately, with wild abandon.

Body, “You can’t do this to me.” Bubbling anger.

Spirit, “I just want to go… out… and… play…” Whimpering, with no hope.

Body, “Oh, yeah? You think you own me? I’m gonna break out in Cortisol Love Handles and Starving Pains. And, if you keep me here one second longer, we gonna have us some Hemorrhoids and Pre-Diabetes. And if that don’t work, Spit Balls on the ceiling  BECAUSE I AM NOT PLAYING!”

Indeed. Not Playing. Our bodies are living, breathing journals of all we do and do not do. You don’t play enough? It will be recorded and eventually show. Not playing is, I believe, a root cause of Lifestyle Diseases. What a phrase, right? You make your choices — or believe you don’t have any choices — and you can develop diabetes, heart disease, obesity, stroke, hardening of the arteries with perhaps addiction to numbing agents such as alcohol, nicotine, drugs and junk foods.

Someone will want to pipe up a protest:

Don’t take away what little pleasure I have! 

Everybody dies!

How about that famous runner guy, skinny dude who dropped dead from a heart attack?

I don’t have time for that nonsense.

It didn’t work.

Grow up. Playing is for kids. And babies.

Body, however, is not having any of those excuses. Whether you’ve numbed it with Doritos or numbed it with starvation, it needs what it needs and will not stop demanding it. And, deep down, Spirit is ready to rise back up and feel the joy again.

It’s time to get up, get out and play. RECESS!

Recess can be fun with friends, too. Check out the LUV OPTIONS Menu for info on LUVMVMT® group classes and private sessions.

Author: DancerAndDasher

Strength and wellness coach. Yoga teacher. Belly dance fitness instructor. Ballroom dancer. The LUVMVMT umbrella covers most of my recent writing. I have also shared my personal dance and yoga journeys on the following blogs: "Diary of a Mad Dancer" is my journey to the competition floor of glamorous dancesport. Yes, it's a tale that probably should have begun with dance-mad parents urging on their darling lass of three, in Europe. Instead: Virginia, suburbia, mid-life. It's a dream come true. Sometimes with all the logic and consistency of a slumbering mind. "Dance of Life Yoga" shares the beauty, peace and awareness that yoga can bring into your life. It transformed mine in ways I never anticipated.

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