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January 01, 2012 11:21AM
I have a common cold. Not the one that goes all ballistic and requires antibiotics. At least not yet. But one that is having its way with my energy and attitude and has made me more sluggish than usual.

I like to maintain a certain amount of sluggishness anyway, purportedly for creative purposes, but this sluggishness is not voluntary. No, this sluggishness is enforced by a mind-numbing stuffed nose. Stuffed nose is humiliating. Stuffed nose wins the scourge of dignity award. I wonder if that is where the term came from when they call you a drip.

I am doing things I never thought I'd be doing in this life. Not the kinds of adventure I used to imagine, anyway. The slow and natural physical decline of aging has become my recreation director, and bodily repair and preventive maintenance are on my programmed activities schedule at this stage of the cruise. Not complaining. Just trying to characterize it with a little humor. After all, making fun of yourself opens the heart to the grace of acceptance - a most pleasurable surrender.

My latest new activity is walking, mainly to work out a long standing back pain. It started out as a trek to the undulating terrain of Lincoln Park a few blocks away. But at this point, I walk barefoot in the house, not because I have a cold, but because the walk has become about form and technique, best carried out barefoot, and the ground is too cold to go barefoot outside.

Turns out I have been moving with poor form since forever. I have had to go back to basic posture. Just figuring out how to stand right. Gravity has been having its way with me too, so my regimen is all about balance and its uses in movement.

The bodily stress you can release with efficient posture and movement is significant. It is life altering in a good way. 

Walking is a natural meditation too, so I walk from one end of the house and back daily and often, miles worth in fact, in total relaxed concentration on my gait, stride, footfall, sway, pace, and using the balance point of lean to create a controlled momentum.

You could say I practice awareness through movement. I take frequent awareness breaks to walk and to carry on my gyrational, designer bodywork. I might otherwise be sedentary.

The sciatica is gone, but, unfortunately, my program will not prevent a stuffed nose. If you doh whad I bean.
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