Body integration. This year, when did you feel the most integrated with your body? Did you have a moment where there wasn’t mind and body, but simply a cohesive YOU, alive and present?

Bridging the disconnect between body and mind is something I’ve become more focused on over the last two years, so this question has helped me to solidify those explorations. We are always rushing so much, trying to keep up with expectations, and losing our connections to community, to the earth, and to our own selves. I think this is one of the things that most holds us back from creating the society, and the lives that many of us still harbor dreams of. By taking those small moments to feel the way in which we are a part of something bigger, we can stave off those feelings of isolation created by a compartmentalized society. Exploring integration with ourselves is the first step to integrating more fully with the world around us.

I have tried to cultivate a feeling of integration between mind and body by taking time to do Anusara yoga, and exploring nature whenever I can (an easier endeavor now that I’m back in BC). By the end of every Anusara class, as I sit a bit straighter and allow my mind to focus in on energy, I can sense a greater connection. It’s difficult to describe this energy in words, but it can be summed up in the Anusara philosophy of Flowing with Grace.

I can allow my mind to let go and feel the energy that exists in the room and in myself – it can make you feel stronger, more capable, and more at peace with yourself. Taking the yoga further, I was incredibly lucky this year to go with a close friend to a home in Metchosin overlooking the ocean. I planned to stay for 3 days and ended up staying for 6. Sitting in the early morning sun overlooking nature at it’s finest, with no cement, and no to-do lists blocking my way, I was free to do exactly as my body asked. Long runs on wooded ocean-side trails followed by long stretches on the porch and meditation on the rocky beach. These moments are where I feel most connected. I was ME, I was alive, I was present in that space, free to absorb nature’s energy and appreciate how blessed I am. It is a feeling of elation, of pure joy and yet pure serenity at the same time. No need to go backwards or forwards, simply content to be exactly who I am, where I am, when I am. If I could paint it, it would be a gold-tinged amber color radiating outwards, coloring the present.

Sunrise in Metchosin

It’s my intention to create more of these opportunities in the year that comes, carving out more time for yoga and spending time absorbing nature. Find a time for yourself to connect more fully with your body, and watch the world work with you!