I started this blog with my first post in May 2014. I posted the second blog almost a year later. I think it took so long because I was conflicted with what to blog about. At the time, I was reading a lot of other blogs, and studying quite a bit about movement sciences. I was excited about what I was learning and wanted to share it. But then I realized, that there are a lot of people out there writing on this stuff — and really well. I also started reading more about pain science and that has been shifting the way I think about movement. Additionally, I think people are already overwhelmed by the deluge of information here on the internet. Why be one more person trying to put something out there to make people sit in front of a computer and consume even more information? I’m not even a writer. I’m not good at it. It takes me forever to write, I am terrible at spelling and I’m not a fan of sitting at a computer (hence choosing a career that has me moving around all day). So I decided not to do a blog.
Yet, things keep coming to mind with the thought, “that might be something to blog about”. I just can’t seem to shake that voice. I’ve learned in the past that I need to follow that voice in earnest and see where it goes. Even if it goes nowhere. There is a quote I keep in my kitchen so as to see it often by Vincent Van Gogh — “If you hear a voice within you say ‘you cannot paint,’ then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced.”
Like I said, there are a lot of great bloggers on yoga, movement, health, etc. The people I follow are very much grounded in science because I believe it should be an important foundation of my work. My strength is not so much in reading the scientific studies and research but I’ve found professionals I trust that spend a lot of time and energy pouring over the current studies and research, interpreting it and putting it out to the public. I apply what I learn personally and to my work — my classes and clients. But, I don’t think it’s what I want to write about since others are doing that in abundance. It occurred to me that I simply want to share my stories and experiences more than information.
I am not only interested in sciences related to the body but of the mind and how we function as a whole person. What scientists that work with the body are finding more and more of, is how the mind, emotions, relationships and our whole interaction with life affect the body. This awareness has been around for a very, very long time. I first started studying this connection over 15 years ago when I was taking wellness and alternative medicine classes in college. Back then, it was still largely seen as hooey and mostly dismissed. There were some credible voices out there talking about it, but I don’t think there was enough to convince a lot of people that their body, mind, soul and relationships were not separate things but all interwoven together. This interconnection is what really fascinates me.
As much as I love science and value the logical and rational, I am also endlessly exploring and enjoying the art, poetry, philosophy, wonder and mystery of this interconnected human experience. Not just within ourselves but our connection to everything and everyone around us as well.
My experiences and stories I share here will largely be about this interconnection — how I see it playing out in my own life and in the people around me (with their permission to share of course).
Topics may also be about any of my interests and specific areas of work:
- Movement — Yoga, Pilates, natural movement, play and anything movement oriented really — Including tips and things I find helpful or interesting that I do myself, with clients and in classes.
- Chronic pain
- Eating Disorders/Body Image
…And, whatever else informs, inspires and strikes my fancy about our experience of living, moving and being.
This blog is not intended nor should it be seen as advice (medical or otherwise). It is purely my experience, thoughts and perspectives.
I may not usually be citing scientific sources or research. Occasionally I might, but it’s not my focus. Like I said, there are others doing that brilliantly who I am influenced, informed and inspired by, but I am still just writing from my perspective.
Because writing is not a great skill of mine, I work, tend to relationships and personal time, and really because I can procrastinate like nobody’s business, I don’t know how often I’ll show up here but I’ll give it my best shot and see how it goes.
My hope is simply to get these thoughts in my head, out here in an authentic and meaningful way.
And perhaps, “that voice will be silenced.”