Occasionally dubbed “Marathon Monday” around here, I am relaxing a little to share all kinds of wonderful motivation. Delicious stuff that nourishes all areas of life. Welcome (back) to several weeks’ worth of Motivation Monday posts coming at you. I hope you enjoy.
Monday, July 30th: Instagram Crossover
Have you been loving the IG feature where you can save posts into personalized folders, using that little bookmark icon? I groove it so hard. It is either very good or very bad for my information-hoarding tendencies. At present, I have the following folders in my personal IG and use them all with abandon:
- Winter Hygge
- Maximalist & Ordered
The first two are about home decor, two seasonal ways I do things around here.
Food, wellness, books, gardens, and art are pretty self-explanatory.
And you would think that the final two would be self-explanatory, as well, except that gradually I have noticed something interesting.
The Instagram accounts I follow for fitness ideas (mostly super talented and crazy successful runners) have a lot of cross-over with the ones I follow for soul nourishment (life coaching, universal spiritualists, big business authors, you name it).
There sits between the two spheres a glorious overlap of motivation and purpose, a Venn diagram of nourishment, so much so that often when a post strikes a chord in me I hesitate for a moment, trying to decide into which folder to drop the little electronic treasure. Is this a fitness post, or does it speak more to my heart? And… This speaks to my heart, but will I want to refer to it on tough running days? The answer is so often yes, to both.
Those of you who have been athletic your whole lives might not find this the least bit surprising. I remember even from non-participatory times of my life (i.e. ages 14-38) that sports metaphors are effective in a widespread way, and the roots of self-improvement and competition run deep for most people. The things we work on to make progress physically have everything to do with spiritual development, too.
It’s wonderful. I love it.
And maybe you’re saying, “Well duh.”
Here are a few examples of what I have saved. See if you can guess in which folder they sit:
Every cell in your body is eavesdropping on your thoughts.
Ok, this one?
Comfort is the enemy of progression.
The author of this quote went on to say, “Don’t change everything at once, you may stress yourself out.”
Okay, how does this one strike you?
If it’s not a HELL YES then it’s a NO.
The screenshot above gives away the answer. I saved it to my “Heart” folder. But it has resonated with me on so many levels, up to and including this unshakable desire to Boston Qualify.
Heart and soul feed the body and the body in motion ignites the heart, and they both serve each other beautifully, with harmony, if we allow the good stuff to flow freely.
Consider the young women here, Megan and Sierra. They danced at our friend Lynn’s recent annual showcase at Teaze Dance and Fitness, and their performance blew my mind. They did a twin aerial hammock routine that had their lithe bodies spinning and floating and holding poses mid-air, with no safety net or even a cushion on the hardwood floor. They turned and curved around the music as if it had its own physical shape and substance, the whole time suspended by only the lengths of silk or each other’s arms and legs.
The depth of grace and mountain of strength that their dance required are both so far beyond me. I loved watching it, and I have loved reflecting on it too.
Megan and Sierra’s artistry summoned a surprising amount of emotion from the crowd. I cried a little and thought so much about the lyrics to their chosen song. It was all about female friendship and offering support when no one else is there for you. I walked away as inspired emotionally as I was inspired to try something harder, or at least more complex, than just running.
Body and spirit. A dual ignition. This is what so often happens with these Instagram posts, which satisfies me but makes it tricky to organize all of that electronic inspiration, haha.
All of this is another cliche I am so happy to discover as real. Another game to which I do not mind being late because it’s such a good time overall.
“Keep showing up.”
one of many running mantras
that matter so much
to everyday life