There is something calming and restorative about physically moving one’s body. The kind of movement I have in mind has less to do with working out and more to do with keeping body, mind, and heart connected. I often experience that when my body is active, my mind can rest. God created us to be embodied creatures who can move, think, and feel, and all three aspects of our beings are important.
In times of change, try connecting your body, mind, and heart as much as possible. For me, this has looked like taking family walks outside, doing yoga videos in the backyard in good weather, and trying out a bike path near our house. Try moving in ways that feel nourishing to you.
Physically moving your body doesn’t need to be complicated or exhausting. It only needs to be something that helps you get out of your head and worries for a time.
This message is an excerpt from the December 2020 Gather devotional, “Singing, writing, moving, connecting: Advent rituals for uncertain times” by Jordan Miller-Stubbendick. Today we remember Nicolaus Copernicus, who died in 1543; Leonhard Euler, who died in 1783; scientists.