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Exercising My Bliss

In the world of health, a big deal is made of the foods we do or do not put into our bodies.  A bigger deal is made of the cardio vs strength and flexibility vs endurance, but an often overlooked piece of the wellness puzzle if the effect of nourishing the spirit. Prayer can nourish our spirit much as locally grown, nutrient dense produce feeds our bodies. Communing with nature & reconnecting with its rhythms can offer us much needed balance in the same way the practice of yoga can teach us to find balance in our bodies. A spiritual practice provides refreshment, restoration and renewal. It can relieve stress, lower blood pressure, keep hunger within manageable levels and help us to find a remarkable peace.

The spirit can be refreshed in many ways and in many places. Yesterday I spent the day with my daughter. We had brunch at Eatonville in the U Street corridor of Washington, DC. The ambiance was compelling. The staff was welcoming, knowledgeable and generous in their recommendations and enthusiasm.  We sat in a booth and enjoyed good food, great conversation and exceptional company. And I was at peace. There amongst murals and memorabilia we discussed business and family, fashion and nutrition and I felt balanced. And her smile lit up my world like it always does and made feel closer to our creator. The day was a blessing. 

After brunch we found a pleasant salon and stepped in for some girl time. Side by side with our feet in the whirlpools and backs being worked over by the magic fingers of the massage chairs we looked at pictures of bathing suits and lingerie on our smart phones planning for an upcoming cruise for her wedding. More laughter. Giggles as the nail techs used those scrubby things on the bottoms of our feet. She is much better at holding back the laughter than I am. She is ticklish everywhere but I am only ticklish on my feet. And yes…laughter is therapy. It is almost impossible to release a real chuckle and remain tense.

The nail tech worked my calves and feet like she had nothing better to do the rest of the day and OMG! I needed that after my 13.1 mile run/walk from the day before. I fell asleep in that chair with my feet in the bag of hot wax and I only hope that if I snored it wasn’t too loudly.

I’m not suggesting that my day was healthier than running a 5K or eating fresh fruits and veggies would have been. Nor am I telling you that every weekend spent with your feet in warm soapy water will bring you optimal health. I’m just saying never underestimate the power of brunch and a mani-pedi to exercise your bliss.   

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