Updated: Dec 8, 2020
VISUALIZATION: From your sacred space, take 5 looong, deeeep breaths. Refer back to yesterday’s journal entry. Giving yourself at least 5 minutes, connect with the vision and feeling of being the vessel of ideal health you hold for yourself. Think, feel, and do (in your mind) the things you would do if you had the energy, strength, no pain, and vitality that you desire. Share your vision with Jesus and imagine His pure love filling your vessel and powering you through all of today’s to-do’s. Remember, there is no right or wrong way to do this.
Staying in your sacred space, REFLECT on the following and then get MOVING!
“For today in the city of David a saviour has been born for you who is Messiah and Lord And this will be a sign for you: you will find an infant wrapped in swaddling clothes and lying in a manger.” Luke 2:11-12
The Word made flesh was brought to us through the worthy vessel of Mary...and quite frankly, through her pelvis :) The pelvis is a remarkable wonder in and of itself and then God brings Jesus to us in a very physical way through it. He came to us, not only through the fabric of family, but through the body of woman, the same as where we all come from, where we all begin. I'd like to think this says something about how significantly sacred the pelvis is. Acknowledging the reality that for some this area is a source of pain, discomfort, even trauma, let us still marvel at the work and wonder of the pelvis, it's role in bringing us a Savior, as well as being the beginning of our own lives. Cheers to the first adventure many of us ever took, that trip through the birth canal!
Introducing your Advent-ure Movement Series: The “Move” portion of this challenge will focus on moving in a way that is intended to maintain or restore natural human movement to the body. Since Advent draws us into the reality of pregnancy, birth, and infancy as it were for Mary and Jesus, we are reminded of where life begins in the woman's body as well as the stages of development of a baby from rolling to crawling to walking. These are the humble beginnings of locomotion that begin on the ground. So to the ground we shall return (or remain if you are a floor junky like me :) )!
You can move with me through the short video below. Feel free to copy the moves throughout the day by just getting on the ground and doing them. The structure is of little importance. Add in any of your usual fitness fare today and just keep your pelvis in mind as you move.
I also challenge you to trading in time on the couch or chair for time on the floor. Reading on the coach or in bed? Get on the floor and do it. Watching TV from the recliner? Get on the floor and do it. Prepping food for dinner? Dare you try as many other cultures do and bring your cutting board down to chair height or lower, and you come down into a squat and do your work from there. Just some ideas. Have fun with it! As humans, we spend a considerable amount of time using the ground to develop the strength (especially of the core) that eventually allows us to sit up, roll, squat, crawl, and walk. As we grow older in our modern furnished environments, we neglect the ground more and more (it is so far down there!), thanks to countertops, comfy chairs, and tables we can prop our elbows on to hold us up. Some of you may already be good friends with the floor. Others may curse it. Wherever you are at, do your best to stick with it. The floor is the perfect place to find movements you have lost.
Please take care of yourself during these movements. Take into account any known limitations but also, be adventurous and try everything you can, even if you are not accustomed to moving in this way.
WARNING: The sound quality of this video is poor. I admit, I'm still growing the technology side of my work! Sorry you have to be the guinea pig on this one. Future videos will be much improved. Good luck!
Equipment needed: yoga strap or a belt, yoga block, if you DON'T have a block you can use a foam roller, or stack up blankets, books, or pillows.
Prayer for today ~ Lord, we are fearfully and wonderfully made by you! With awe we join our humble beginnings in the womb with Christ's same humble beginnings in Mary. Through her, we were given Him who restores us, praise be to God! Amen.