I watched a TED Talk this week: "What really matters at the end of life" with BJ Miller.
BJ is a medical doctor who practices at the Zen Hospice Project in San Francisco. He works with patients ("one who suffers") who are dying. His premise: "How we die is indeed something we can affect." He speaks of living in a sentient body: "Sensuous, aesthetic gratification, where in a moment, in an instant, we are rewarded for just being. So much of it comes down to loving our time by way of the senses, by way of the body - the very thing doing the living and the dying." This TED Talk is worth a look - he stimulates the mind and the emotions.
I am committed to be here in a body with mind, emotions and spirit. I am committed to teach, more than instruct; to educate myself and others about living in a healthy and thriving body. Each week I teach 8 Classes and many Private Pilates Sessions to remind me and my students that our body is the only thing we "have" and how we treat it is how we live until the end. Like BJ, I am designing my life in every moment, every choice, ever movement; to find "a liberation to realize you can always find a shock of beauty or meaning in what life you have left, like that snowball lasting for a perfect moment, all the while melting away. If we love such moments ferociously, then maybe we can learn to live well - not in spite of death, but because of it. Let death be what takes us (from this life), not the lack of imagination." Let's live in our bodies and do this well.
Each week, I post a FOCUS and INTENTION for the Nia Classes I teach. This holds a possibility of action; a focus on a piece of the whole as we move in classes and sessions. Come . . . take a class . . . book a Pilates session . . . find the health of your spine, intimately, become the moving master of your body and the master of your life.
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