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Integrating Spirituality into Movement as Medicine

by Dr. Ellen “Aileen” Curtin, PhD, Dean of Education

“Movement is medicine

(from Hippocrates the father of modern medicine born in 470BC) is my favorite quote.  I know when I spend too much time on electronics or seated for long periods I feel stressed; my energy becomes low and stuck and my shoulders hunch and round. I know lack of movement makes me anxious and at times depressed or sad.  

I remind myself my body is a temporary place for my spiritual essence as I live and move through my earthly incarnation. Whenever I feel stiff and tired I know this is my body telling me “MOVE.”   I move so my spiritual essence can express and release itself.  When we sit for long period in sedentary positions or hold and grip our bodies tight over electronic devises, we block the inflow of healing Spiritual energy and light.

Our bodies need to be tuned up daily, need to be in motion, need to be cleaned and cherished like a fine musical instrument.  Movement is medicine and is the most effective ways to release stale and stuck energies that become lodged and stuck deep within the tissue of the body. 

Over time and especially if we do not have a daily exercise or movement regimen, we can become sick, depleted, depressed, anxious etc. We need to tune ourselves up when we feel sluggish and lack joy. Movement is medicine: When we move we release our free flowing healing spiritual energies. 

Try this challenge: Set the timer on your watch or phone and get up and move every 60 mins, take a break, walk outside, kick off your shoes and walk on grass. Find a daily an exercise program that allows you to connect mind, body and spirit. Try out TaiChi, QiGong or yoga, walk in nature. 

Whatever movement you choose, move your own body with full and complete attention (turn off your devises) and tune in to how movement makes your body feel. Notice after you move or take a walk how much better your mind and body feels. Movement is medicine: your body emits a form of euphoria and feel good hormones (serotonin).

While you are here on earth, take excellent care of your body temple so your true spirit and light is freely flowing bright and clear. When you begin to feel irritated, or on edge, know it is time for your body tune-up and time to move.  Movement is medicine as it instantly shifts your vibration, elevates serotonin and mood levels in the body. When your body is moving you are open and allowing an infinite inflowing spiritual energy and guidance through you; it is an endless supply that is yours.  Movement is Medicine for the body and the soul.

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Dr. Ellen “Aileen” Curtin serves as the Dean of Education for the Institute of Leadership and Lifelong Learning. A native of Ireland, she earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Education and a diploma in Religious Instruction from Mary Immaculate College of Education, Limerick Ireland, a Master’s Degree in Education from Texas Wesleyan University, and a PhD in Curriculum and Instruction and Educational Leadership from the University of North Texas. Dr. Ellen “Aileen” Curtin serves as the Dean of Education for the Institute of Leadership and Lifelong Learning. A native of Ireland, she earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Education and a diploma in Religious Instruction from Mary Immaculate College of Education, Limerick Ireland, a Master’s Degree in Education from Texas Wesleyan University, and a PhD in Curriculum and Instruction and Educational Leadership from the University of North Texas.

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