On Monday, a dear friend died of lung cancer. She was the one who encouraged me to write my blog. She was the one who, despite a year of chemo, still rode her bike to feel better. She was the one who hiked with hip pain and danced – even without hair.
I learned this quote from her:
“To sweat is to pray, to make an offering of your innermost self. Sweat is holy water, prayer beads, pearls of liquid that release your past, anointing all your parts in a baptism by fire. Sweat burns karma, purifying body and soul. Sweat is an ancient and universal form of self-healing, whether done in the gym, the sauna, or the sweat lodge. I do it on the dance floor. The more you dance, the more you sweat. The more you sweat, the more you pray. The more you pray, the closer you come to ecstasy.”
~ Gabrielle Roth
When I talk about “Family Fitness”, I don’t just mean kids and their parents. I mean exercising, playing with and working out with friends who are family, and family who are like friends. I hope over the two-week holiday craziness, you take many moments to find movement, dance and joy together.