Motion Creates Emotion

Body language is a form of non-verbal communication consisting of eye movements, body posture, facial expressions and gestures. Research shows that 60-70% of all communication comes from body language, 30% derives from tone while only 10% of what we say comes from words. So it was no wonder when my business partner asked me what was bothering me last week that she knew my response, “I’m fine” did match up to what my hunch back of Notre Dame posture suggested, that I obviously wasn’t. At the time I just didn’t’ want to talk about it but because I’m a feeler, I couldn’t simply shake it off. I’m not the kind of stoic robot that hides emotion. easily. When I’m happy, the whole world knows and when I’m upset, it really shows; I wear my heart on my sleeve and I’m proud of it. Problem is when I’m down, it affects my work and ultimately my business. Although the problem wasn’t going to be fixed overnight, I needed to find a way to get my mind off of it and get me to being more productive.

After reading part of  Tony Robbin’s “Awaken the Giant Within”, his words ’emotion is created by motion’ radiated in my head like a bad (or in this case good) migraine. ‘Everything that we feel is the result of how we use our bodies.’ I needed to take action… immediately! I had not exercised in a few days and it clearly was affecting my emotions. I also went back into my memory bank and thought of all the things that made me happy and dancing was one of them. I hadn’t danced in 12 years! Something that I was clearly passionate about was absent from my life and incorporating it would not only help relieve stress but also endorphins which would make me feel better. That is why tonight I’ve decided to enroll in my first dance class in over 12 years at the University Center for the Performing Arts. This will be just one of the new changes that I am implementing in my life and creating the happiness that I seek!

I’m not suggesting that you shouldn’t think or deal with your problems. What I am saying though is be mindful of what you’re NOT saying as it is a tell-tale sign of what we are feeling. if you’re felling a negative emotion, you can choose to change it in an instant! Movement makes us happy! Have you ever tried dancing with a frown. I challenge you to do it and you won’t be able to. Maybe a straight face but not a frown. The next time you feel upset, go to the bathroom and smile really, really hard for 5 seconds. If that doesn’t work, do 10 jump n jacks or run in place for 1 min. I can almost guarantee, you’ll feel better about the situation.

What activities make you happy? Share them with me… I’m willing to try (ALMOST) anything once 🙂


Plastic Strawberries

It’s strawberry season and I am so glad to be enjoying another sweet treat from mother nature. The heart-shaped fruits are not only sweet and healthy, they make great gifts! These red berries carry a boat-load of beneficial properties. Chock full of vitamin C and antioxidants, strawberries also serve as nature’s Proactiv®! It’s no wonder these are my one of my favorite-ess fruits!!

The other day I walked into the supermarket and there they’re! Wearing a shiny, deep red coat, they were waiting for me to pick up a box. My mouth watered as I inched closer. They were delicious looking and I couldn’t wait to take them home. When I arrived, put away the groceries and proceeded to make a shake: a natural whey protein, soy milk, strawberries and ice. I started washing my strawberries and as you guessed, I couldn’t help but take a bite…. Crunch! (( chewing )) Ewww…. Not just eww but yuck! I felt a hollow middle in my strawberries and new this wasn’t normal. I cut a few of them down the middle and they were empty; all of them! I was disgusted. I couldn’t believe how plastic they looked. Had my fruits been genetically modified? I didn’t bother doing the research on the company to see how they picked their fruit. I knew what strawberries look and taste like and this certainly wasn’t it. At the time, my finances couldn’t afford me the luxury of eating organic so I settled for regular. I should’ve known something was wrong when I noticed that the berries had been flash steamed. Towards the stem of the fruit, my attention was fixed on the white pale looking top. What happened to the pink-reddish color I had grown accustomed to? Ugh…

What is organic food?

Organic foods are foods that are produced using environmentally safe methods that do not implement the use of modern synthetic substances such as pesticides and chemical fertilizers, do not contain genetically modified organisms. They are not processed using irradiation, industrial solvents, or chemical food additives.

Why organic?

Taste Better; True to Flavor:

Research shows that some organic foods are often lower in nitrates and higher in antioxidants than conventional food. Let the organic feasting begin! “Nothing beats the fresh taste,” says Britain’s HDRA organics association. “You can grow for flavour. Commercial growers have to grow for shelf-life.”

No nasty pesticides, fertilizers or hormones:

Designed to kill living organism, pesticides and fertilizers are harmful to wildlife, human health and endanger our environment. They contaminate our air, water, food and our health overall. “Pesticides are the badge of the amateur” — organic grower.

Foods to eat organic:

1. Baby Food.
2. Strawberries.
3. Bell Peppers.
4. Milk.
5. Corn.
6. Bananas.
7. Green Beans.
8. Apples.
9. Grapes.
10. Potatoes.

So eat up, be healthy and enjoy organic!

“The Modern Naturalista”