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Day 45–Pilates, Cake, & Thunder Mountain

Waking up here in Sedona and being greeted by Thunder Mountain is just amazing. It just inspires gratitude and appreciation for beginning a new day. Each day can be a new beginning, a continuation, or a mourning of what was. A new beginning creates space for the present and the present only. It is fresh and anything and everything is possible. A continuation maintains the pattern, perhaps it is a good one or perhaps it is one to let go. Each day we have a choice as to how we want to start our day. What intentions, energies, and actions we want to share with the world. How will you start tomorrow?

What works for us is what we need. Pilates taught me that I have overused my quads to compensate for a 20year old injury. I am no longer injured yet my body is still acting as if I was. What else am I doing, thinking, assuming, or feeling that is no longer necessary? Imagine being just one tweak away from opening up a whole path? Pilates creates new connections in the physical body. It also reprograms the mind to help wake up under used parts of the our body.

In our first decade, we didn’t have a lot of choices, as young ones we were discovering our world and the adults around us offered up control, structure, and chaos. They played a major role in shaping our world and what we saw. In our second decade, it became more about shaping who we are and what we wanted to see, do, and be in the world. Each decade is like a cake layer with frosting and with each passing decade the layers keep building like a wedding cake.

The weight and density of the cake is a lot to carry as the each decade passes. I have found that in my fourth decade I am letting go of some of layers, taking off some of the frosting and starting to build again. We can do that. That is part of the magic of life. We can start off being a chocolate cake with two layers and transform into a vanilla lemon cake.

If I were a cake, I would be a lemon flavored vanilla cake with cream cheese frosting and party sprinkles on top. What kind of cake would you be??

About Joy Rain

Joy has been a diversity and inclusion consultant and mediator for over ten years. Prior to consulting, she was professor of Psychology and Women Studies. Joy has a Master of Arts in Psychology (Boston University) and a Master of Education in Social Justice Education (UMASS Amherst).


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