We call our bodies, vehicles…we drive them here and there and have great expectations of them. We realize the body has needs and we give it sustenance–a snack on the fly, perhaps? As writers or artists, we can become so engaged with our craft that we put the body’s tender loving care at the bottom of the list—maybe we’ll get to it–tomorrow. For instance, that exercise program that you know is going to be good for you that gets postponed until…when? Or that healthier way of eating to which you want to ascribe–one day…when?
I have driven, pushed and prodded my body. I plant myself in front of the computer, at my writing desk or art table. I expect–performance. When I’m in the creative flow, it’s easy to forget that my body is an animal with actual needs. Typically, I’m good at feeding myself healthy food. I walk daily. I’m not so good at regular exercise or showing up for my tai chi class. Stretching, yoga, heart rate exercises, etc. These are areas in which I need to make a conscious effort.
What about you? Do you have an exercise routine, a good eating regimen, an overall healthy, balanced lifestyle? This is something a writer needs to organize into his/her daily routine. It is intricately connected to your balanced writing practice.
Is your body your “horse and hound”? May Sarton, the poet, wrote about her body in the following poem:
Read this poem aloud at least two times. What is the author is saying in these few short verses?
Today, there is no writing prompt. As a writer, contemplate how you care for your body’s daily requirements. If you don’t have an exercise routine, how might you begin one. Start off small; check in with your wise body to see which way it would like to move…that way you are more likely to stay with it.
Happy Body Day.