Growing up in California, and spending quite a bit of my childhood among wilderness and trees, I have a great affinity in my heart for the California Redwoods…some of my best childhood memories were spent under redwoods throughout California, and I think those memories deeply influence me to this day.
I remember one particular trip when I was a teenager. My family and I, minus my brother who was in college, were walking through the Calaveras North Grove, admiring the strength and stability of those massive trees, admiring the steadiness that comes with that strength and stability. I remember sitting on a bench with my sisters, a bench that leaned back so those sitting could look up at the sky and at the trees above them, and feeling that absolute awe at those massive works of art.
I was thinking about that memory earlier this week, and how that relates to our bodies. You know, feeling strong in our bodies won’t translate to an easier life-experience. It certainly won’t change the hardships you might go through or the times when life might feel out of control. Even so, I think building that strength in our bodies helps us navigate those inevitable hardships, those times when we feel out of control just a little better. I think feeling strong in our bodies helps us walk through the hard times in life with a little more groundedness, a little more stability. I think feeling strong in our body helps us remember in a tangible way that we are not only strong in our bodies, but also in our minds and our souls, even when life feels less than great.
My dear friends, I hope, this week, you can find a little more time to build strength in your body, mind and soul.
Have an amazing week, my friend.
Hi, I'm Krista!
Krista Mason is a yoga and fitness instructor based in Washington DC. She owns an online studio and loves it!