Adding LIFE to your years and years to your life!
We have close to 1,200 Banana trees on the land we are living on. This week we harvested nine bunches of bananas. Predictably our dehydrator is going non stop. Walking around in the banana forest is a surreal fairy tale like experience. Here and there are little groves that encase different plants like Passion Fruit vines (they are in season right now and each day the ground is covered by them), sweet lemons, wild sunny grass areas and tall bamboo.
This morning I had a half of a papaya that we shook from a tall tree, a sour passion fruit (they are yellow) and a quarter avocado. I left some seeds from my papaya in my bowl. The awake locals say to eat 13 seeds a day to keep the parasites away. One a week blended with the peppery seeds is a good thing.
This month, my body a road map of life, car wrecks, battles and more, has again embarked on an exercise path. I have determined to have five days of 1.5 hour yoga classes and weekly hiking. Two days in my shoulder is in a brace. I have a wry grimace. I have chronic shoulder instability, my shoulder loves to pop out of joint. I was a bit sore after class then my massage therapist took me to a whole new level of experience. I was like ow, let's work on another area.
Pain is such a curious thing for those who become accustomed to such things. It gives us an awareness of our bodies and choices to make. I am going to be much much more aware in my yoga stretched with my shoulder as it is. Being naturally competitive and a beginner at Yoga I am quickly learning that the two are less than compatible. It is not how far one can stretch but how far one can stretch comfortably.
The choice is easy, the answer already clear from experience from being on a lifestyle path of healing and wellness. Do I crawl in bed frustrated and bothered by my obvious limitations? Crawling around in mental muck and mire acute as the physical? Nah, instead I feel pretty good today and already sense the opportunities and solutions for this situation. Inwardly I feel a deep sense of satisfaction that one has after they have made it past some of the harder steps to being healthy: emotionally, mentally, spiritually and physically. Today I expect to have a great day because I am going to help create it.