You’ll remember this from grade school: An object at rest tends to stay at rest, while an object in motion tends to stay in motion. It’s Newton’s First Law. In fitness terms, this means that the more you exercise, the more your body wants to exercise.
“Our bodies were created to move,” says Sally Edwards, MS, founder of Heart Zones training company in Sacramento, Calif., and author of The Heart Rate Monitor Guidebook to Heart Zone Training (Lifestyles 4-Heart Press, 1999). “When you don’t move, you’re violating the principles of physiology.”
"In the cathedral of the wild, we get to see the best parts of ourselves reflected back to us." Boyd Varty, a wildlife activist, shares stories of animals, humans and their interrelatedness, or "ubuntu". And he dedicates the talk to South African leader Nelson Mandela, the human embodiment of that same great-hearted, generous spirit.
I’ve suffered a lot in my life. From a young age, I was so busy figuring out how to survive, that looking compassionately—with love, warmth, and kindness—upon myself was simply too hard to come by. When I was introduced to Buddhism at 16, I began in my brain to grapple with healing from within, and started to believe, intellectually at least, in the power of compassion to soothe life’s hurts.
My mom recently asked me about meditation. I had three minutes to communicate this practice to her, over the phone, in a way that would both serve AND inspire her to continue a practice on her own. I was nervous and had no plan, but this is what I shared, and it feels right to share it here.
Lightning-fast meditation to balance your head and your heart -- an actual, factual balance. Right now, as you read, feel how much energy it's taking to read and process these words in your brain.
Now bring an equal amount of attention down into your heart. Even though we read and compute first with our minds, play with this for a few seconds. Close your eyes and feel the resonance in your heart as equal to the resonance in your mind.