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Friday, January 31, 2014

Physical Joys

In attempting to live a balanced life, I recently read that we need to use all four components of ourselves: our minds, bodies, emotions, and Spirit.  My main deficiency has been taking care of my body.  While making time for myself to write most nights through the inspirations of Something More, I came upon a writing prompt to write about "what physical activities make me feel joyous."  Think about this for a moment.  What would your list look like?  Imagine it, see it, feel it, sit there and absorb your thoughts on your own physical delights.  Pause.  Feel it.

What physical activities make me feel joyous?
  • swimming without holding or monitoring children, laps or handstands
  • blowing bubbles
  • wrestling or physical stunts with my children
  • outdoor walks
  • gardening, flowers and veggies and fruits
  • headstands, cartwheels
  • ice skating
  • rock climbing
  • tree climbing
  • bicycling riding
  • airplane flying as pilot or passenger... not aerobic
  • roller skating without holding pudgy, scrumptious little hands
  • zumba, jazzercise, aerobics, dancing
  • jump roping
  • hula hooping
I intend to make space for more of these delights in my life.  Yes, we all need more indulgent joys to help us fully appreciate the great gifts of our bodies.  The more we use it, the more we love it.  Our bodies do so many incredible things for us.  Because we have these bodies, we are able to move, see, eat, smell, dance, sing, experience life in so many ways.  Our bodies want to be joyously loved and cherished, just like you and I do.

What is on your list of physical delights?  What steps will you take to make your favorite three physical joys happen in the next month ?  Feel the joy within your own body and pass that contagious delight on to those around you.  Where does it go from there?  Watch and see.  It starts with a simple list and works itself step-by-step into your new reality.  What a thrill!  Who's up for a celebratory dance?

joyously climbing to new heights


  1. I experience joy when I am profusely sweating in the garden pulling carrots and beets---the surprise under the soil from all the hard work followed by consuming their sweetness and preserving their sun in jars for cold, gray winter days.

  2. Beautiful and precise. Thank you, Holly, for sharing.