“Move around the center as pilgrims.
Being still is how one clay clod sticks to another in sleep
while movement wakes us up and unlocks new blessings.” Rumi
Doctors in the UK will soon be able to prescribe dance classes! Write your own Rx.
From: Me!! My Higher Self! _____________________________
Date: The Time is Now! ________________________________
Re: “Move more, sit less.” “Sitting is the new smoking.”
How and when exactly am I going to move more and sit less?
Why should I bother? (Use the back for more writing if You’d like).
Movement Idea: The best thing you can do for your health
By David E. Conroy Professor of Kinesiology and Human Development (Adjunct Professor of Preventive Medicine at Northwestern Univ.), Pennsylvania State Univ. and Sherry Pagoto, Professor of Allied Health Sciences, Univ. of Connecticut
Think of exercise as a 401K for your body. The benefits grow over time.
The experts call physical activity the “best buy” in public health. And the guidelines are based on evidence from thousands of studies. Based on this evidence, an expert panel concluded that exercise increases our lifespans, prevents that sneaky annual weight gain and reduces the risk of almost every chronic disease: cardiovascular disease, diabetes and many cancers. No other single behavior can do as much good for your health. By investing some time into movement now, you get to cash in later. Think of it as the 401K for a long, healthy and happy life.
Fortunately, exercise has many immediate benefits. One of the biggest is the “feel good” effect afterwards. People consistently feel more focused, less stressed and more energized after physical activity. In fact, studies now show that regular physical activity can actually reduce anxiety and depression – with effects equal to antidepressant medication or psychotherapy. We are all just one activity away from feeling better than we do right now.
Studies show that good physical health is tied to good mental health.
“Cultures from around the world use rhythmic bodily movement as an integral part of spiritual practice. People dance to demonstrate their devotion and commitment; to invoke the presence of goddesses and gods; to communicate their grievances and receive divine counsel; to attain mystical experience; or to share wisdom within the community.” K. LaMothe, Dance Magazine, Dec. 2001 .______________________________________________________________________________
Climate Justice Idea: The more You walk, the less You drive.
“Hard times require furious dancing.” Alice Walker
SITTING IS THE NEW SMOKING!!!
“All the ills of mankind, all the tragic misfortunes that fill our
history books, all the political blunders, all the failures of the
great leaders have arisen merely from a lack of skill in dancing.” ~ Moliere, 1622
Written by Rev. Dr. Mellen Kennedy, Springfield UU Meetinghouse, Vermont, Revised June, 2020