I used to think that I could think my way out of any problem.
I tend to live 95% in my head, 2.5% in my body and 2.5% in the spiritual world.
I make my living with my brain.
I spend a lot of time and energy thinking through problems and developing possible solutions for me and for my clients with my brain.
All this brain work lead me to a rather sedentary lifestyle.
Sitting at a desk, hunched over a keyboard, thinking big thoughts.
A friend recently invited me to explore my “physicality.”
This was about a month ago, but the concept has turned me all upside down.
For the past 4 weeks, I have been thinking a little less and focusing more on my body.
How I feel, where the aches and pains are and focusing on how it feels to be in this body of mine.
I’ve been exercising a little bit more and wondering, for the first time really, whether there are physical solutions to some of the issues that I’ve been dealing with.
Solutions that can only come through increased physical activity.
Issues like sleep, melancholy, soreness and energy levels.
Perhaps the solution to these conditions will not come from thinking my way through them, but rather by using my body more, strengthening my muscles and being a bit more active.
Maybe if I focus not so, so much on big picture thoughts but instead upon working my muscles and getting my blood moving that some of these issues will dissipate.
Not because I commanded them to subside with my mind, but because my body works through them with resistance, oxygen and developing more core strength.
This makes the concept of exercise seem like less of a chore than it does part of an integrated lifestyle.
For now, this is just a thought.
Maybe, though, I need fewer thoughts and a little more action.