Relieving stress by being in the body

Carrie JordanShamanism, Womens Wisdom

“I never really understood the word ‘loneliness’. As far as I was concerned, I was in an orgy with the sky and the ocean, and with nature.” –Björk

My schedule these days has been more packed than it ever has. I leave the house at 7am and usually get home around 6 or 7.

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It’s less time to myself than I have ever had which doesn’t excite me, although I do like reading on the bus. I have found that exercising is a saving grace.

Now that I have been exercising much more (almost every day instead of only about 3 days a week), I feel much better in my body. I feel much more healthy, I have more energy, I crave greens and salads, and I feel more confident.

Presence in the body and noticing what my senses are telling me makes me a happier human. When I hear the water trickling down the creek beneath my feet like I did today on my hike; when I watch the sun rise and set; when I sit on the ground and pray at night; when I catch a whiff of decaying leaves—I am in my body, and I am one with the earth and everything around me.