River Thoughts

I had hoped to get into the water this morning, but I was tired and not feeling like I had a lot of energy.

I watched an individual kayaker and and another group of three - meticulously setting up their gear as they prepared to set off. I talked to one briefly about what a beautiful day it was to launch into the water and how I really didn't have the time to fit it in now and join a friend for lunch - something I was looking forward to.

Somehow, I vicariously experienced their strokes and could literally feel myself push off with them.

As often happens, I reflected on recent events in my life and particularly on how a sudden death in my family got me thinking about the fragility of life and how important it is to take care of oneself. Often we ignore signs in our bodies that could indicate serious conditions, thinking that somehow we are exempt from its repercussions - or that something tragic will not happen to us.

And, as often occurs, I received these quotes from the Inner Journey newsletter that were a good reminder to listen within to what our body is trying to tell us:

"There are times when we may fool ourselves. There are times when we can fool others. But we can never fool our body. It is the most sensitive barometer of our inner world."
- Sherrill Sellman

"Instead of frittering away your vibrancy with worry or distraction, realize your mind and body are inextricably united. What calms and tones up one, soothes and improves the other."
- Marsha Sinetar

"When you are saying that you are happy and you are not, there will be a disturbance in your breathing. Your breathing cannot be natural. It is impossible."
- Osho

"Your body is the ground and metaphor or your life, the expression of your existence. It is your Bible, your encyclopedia, your life story. Everything that happens to you is stored and reflected in your body. In the marriage of flesh and spirit divorce is impossible."
- Gabrielle Roth

"If you don't take care of your body, where will you live?"
- Unknown source

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