The body benefits from movement. The mind benefits from stillness.
What do you do when what you love is no longer good for you?
How do you adapt?
In March I was diagnosed with "Mast Cell Activation Disease."
It's a cellular disease. One that affects every area of your life. Some days I'm perfectly normal & then I'm down for several days at a time. It's hell
I handled the news relatively well considering it came with an "Incurable," label. UNTIL, my specialist told me I had to stop lifting bc of the stress it puts on my body.
Only one thing triggers the disease. STRESS. Mental, physical, emotional, any form. Thankfully, not everything was off limits. I had a few secret weapons in my back pocket that I was approved for. Dance. Yoga. Meditation, hula-hooping. I've been practicing these things for the last 6 yrs but not like my lifting. Bottom line though; I was devastated bc fitness is my life.
If I wanted to get better, I had to learn to manage my stress & find a way to transition into a low impact sport--->the concept of "Pursuing Zen," was born.
Nothing will take the place of lifting. There's nothing like it. Nothing.
There are some things you have 0 control over. But you always have control of your response.
I had a couple options; slip into depression.
OR find a way around restrictions & uncover a solution.
Stubbornness led me to pursue a solution. The more I adapted, the more I saw my heath stabilize. The more I integrated peaceful movement into stillness of mind, the more effortlessly I was capable of gaining control of my stress. No, it wasn't in my plans. I never thought I'd go from competitor to hula hooping finatic. But I also never thought an 8lb child's toy would be the key to sculpting my mind & body in a revolutionary way I had never done before. Not only was it creating curves, movement and "zen," but it simultaneously cured the final remnants of my eating disorder.
Life is like that though. Sometimes a disease can actually be the cure. But you'll never know that if you don't learn how to pursue your zen & make a pivot.
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