18 April 2013

Move: Change Perspectives

This post is written by contributing author Shelly Kerry. 

Movement can be about awakening the body and the senses. It can be about opening oneself up to new perspectives. It can be about expression and freedom.

If you find yourself in a job or working on a project that requires a lot of time in front of a computer or a work table, you might start to experience restlessness or aching body parts after just a couple of hours. This is because our bodies naturally want to move and our minds like to wander. Instead of fighting this natural desire forcing ourselves to work endlessly in the same position, let’s celebrate our bodies curiosity and let them stretch, move and breathe.

Photo: Shelly Kerry
I am generally a restless person unless I am entranced in a really awesome conversation, movie or writing. Fortunately, all work that I have done outside of my running my own business has required a fair amount of movement. And being an avid exerciser, sitting still for too long can become quite uncomfortable. I feel fortunate for this. My body is often able to keep up with my very curious mind. My body and spirit both crave new perspectives.

When I am writing, I take breaks every 30 minutes or hour, depending on the project. I start with a brain dump and then I take a walk. I come back. I write a rough draft of my post and then get up out of my chair and do something different. Usually this is a simple task like cleaning or doing the laundry. Then I go back, my mind fresh and my body limber and I create a final draft. These little breaks let me take a step away and they promote awareness, new questions and different answers. I don’t get distracted as easily when I am working. My body doesn't ache and I spend my day with a heightened sense of my surroundings.

Shelly is the founder of the program Creating Space, Mindful Living – motivating and inspiring people to run their businesses more efficiently. She helps others look at their personal and professional lives and explore what is and isn’t working. As a jewelry designer she has spent many years testing and honing the skills and discipline needed to run your own creative business while still having time for friends, family and fun. She puts her wealth of experience to use in the Creating Space service – healthy living advice to help keep you motivated and make the most out of your already busy schedule. She will help you find both the physical and emotional space so you can pursue your dreams and she’ll always insist there’s time for yourself. You can also find Creating Space on Facebook or contact shelly@creatingspacemindfulliving.com

1 comment:

  1. Sigh... I am the opposite: often I forget to get up for hours, for which I pay at the end of the day, when everything starts to ache.

    Whenever I try to combine shores and creative work I end up feeling... interrupted, so I'm still trying to find a balance. My perfect break is long enough that it manages to refresh mind and limbs, but short enough that it doesn't truncate the overall 'flow'...

    You have inspired me to take an early morning walk! Looking forward to tomorrow. :)