Forget what the Insensitive Happiness Guru said. I give you permission to feel low until you’re done feeling that way.
I was just minding my own business suntanning on my Delta Airlines blanket on Miami Beach when a business card that read “Spiritual Guidance by Eva” floated down in front of my face…
Just like three girl friends sitting and sharing their sorrows, and then lifting heavy within the walls of a gym, I’m learning that happiness alone isn’t ideal; there’s beauty in struggle.
A deeper look at some of the seemingly simple things in life.
In our society we hear the word “spirit” thrown about in many different ways: “She has such a beautiful spirit!” “He was very low-spirited.” “The Holy Spirit…” and you may have heard the term used when talking about ghosts. Some of us throw it around comfortably, and others of us quiver at the “fluffy” idea of having a spirit or being spiritual. I try to help demystify the term and give you five strategies to discover yours, because one thing is for sure: when we see a person’s spirit shining through her or his words and actions, we see beauty.
The recent attention to the sexualization of women in CrossFit (and sport in general) is important, but I think it is missing the point. Current articles attribute the success of people like Christmas Abbott to their good looks, and blame women who promote their bodies for perpetuating inequality, stating that they are harming themselves and society. Writing suggests men also play a role in the process, stating we all have a responsibility in breaking the cycle.
True: inequality affects and is preserved by humankind, however, people don’t wait in line for hours to meet the gorgeous Christmas Abbott just because she is hot as hell (OK – not everyone in that line is standing there for that reason) – there is more to it than that, and I admonish you to dig deeper. Although Christmas’ beauty and bodacious booty are definitely assets (and she exploits them fully), this is only one aspect of the three-dimensional being she showcases to the world.
This post is a bit different than my others, as this is an excerpt from my book Six Teachers. This is one of three chapters in which the main character Leanne, a high school science teacher in Northern Saskatchewan, learns from Johnny – a mentor, and junior hockey player, assigned to her by her administrators. Johnny offers a refreshingly wise-but-simple perspective on health and wellness. A special thanks to Jared Iron for being the face of Johnny and letting me use his pictures. 🙂