Project Minimize #reverb10

From Project Minimize

Yesterday’s Reverb 10 prompt has inspired me to manifest for myself Project Minimize. The DVDs represent my start. It hit me that there is no need for DVDs in the age of Netflix streaming, and this was the easiest place to begin putting my house on a weight loss plan.

I’ve culled half my collection. I guess I’m not totally sold on minimalism, and I’m not ready to get rid of DVDs I actually like to watch, but this is a start.

I wish I’d been more artsy about the photo and stuck more interesting movies on top, but these are the ones going to the junk shop first. Unless, of course, you know my phone number and you want them for yourself. Speak up fast. You probably only have six months before I manage to clean them out of my garage.

The next step for Project Minimize I think will be to get rid of half my shoes. Wish me luck.

Body Integration: #Reverb10 Day 12

Today’s prompt: This year, when did you feel the most integrated with your body? Did you have a moment where there wasn’t mind and body, but simply a cohesive YOU, alive and present? (Author: Patrick Reynolds)

Body integration? Say what?

This is a term I hadn’t heard before. The whole prompt feels like full frontal New Age mamby pambyism. The whole Reverb thing is pretty New Agey to start, but I thought this might be the point where I would have to become beautifully different and refuse to participate.

That’s not to say I don’t believe in Mind/Body/Spirit approaches to life. We need to value those connections if for nothing else than the rushes of dopamine when we experience something pleasant.

I live with chronic pain, though. When I read this prompt asking me about times when my mind and body were totally one, I thought “during a back spasm or an asthma attack or a migraine.” Sometimes the body takes the mind hostage and won’t let it go. The best times for a person who has arthritis like I do are the times when the mind can wander off on its own without regard to what the body is dealing with. If we want to be New Agey about it, let’s call this detachment. If I can detach myself from pain, I can do what I need to do.

Maybe if I went to yoga class every day I could answer this question. Maybe then I would reach some sort of Nirvana of positive mind/body totality. But as for here and now and the real life I live? No. The last thing I want is to be one with this body. We’re barely on speaking terms, this body and I.