I was at Mindful Movement and Physical Therapy today and Sue Forbes, Co-owner and Movement Specialist, said to me that the body is like a symphony and when all the parts move together, blending in the right order and at the right time, it’s a beautiful arrangment.

But, if the horns are too loud, the drums are out of sync, or the flutes out of tune – well, then we no longer have a symphony.  We just have a bunch of discordant noise which creates more stress, pain and illness.  She was making an analogy about how my lower back and SI joint have compensated for a weak core over the years – the lower back being “my horns getting too loud” which is why I often have low back pain and poor core strength.

I thought about that for a while today and realized that some parts of my life are quite symphonic for me.  For example, every day I meditate and exercise. There is rarely a day that goes by that I don’t do both those things first thing in the morning.  The amount of time I spend doing them or the intensity may vary but I always get them in.

I may forget about drinking as much water, or eat inappropriately or not walk the dogs – but I’ve incorporated meditating and exercising into my daily routine and they are as easy and regimented for me as going to the bathroom.  Without meditating and exercising, I don’t think I”d be able to accomplish half of what I do everyday.

My life feels noisey when I don’t get enough sleep.  That seems to feed habits like too much activity, caffeine, etc and I can’t find that rhythm that creates greater ease and relaxation in my life.   The drums get too loud and overpower the more subtle joys that are available for me by just taking a simple breath of fresh air – distractions are all the more irritating, like the dogs needing to go out or the sounds of others walking in the house.  It all feels too loud.

What I notice is that without sleep, I feel more sensitive in general to other people’s noises, nuances, etc..  Things I might ordinarily overlook get very annoying like the squeaking dogtoy in the background.

So, tonight’s baby step is getting off the computer by 9PM and getting my pajamas by 9:30PM.

In the meantime, this blog is meant to serve you and help you address those things in your life that ARE working as well as those things that aren’t working as well as we’d like them to.  Jennifer Louden says that what we pay attention to grows.

Are there things that you’re doing every day that make your life flow more easily?  What are they?  If nothing comes to mind – no worries – I’ve been there many many times and I am sure others feel the same way.  What is challenging for you right now?  What would create a greater sense of ease in your life?  You can even post what the issue is and we’ll do our best to help you find your way through if you want some ideas.

4 Responses to “How You Can Create Your Own Symphony Despite Having Lower Back Pain and Insomnia”

  1. GirlPie Says:

    Wow! What a GREAT reminder that our bodies are parts of a whole, but that parts can get out of step/harmony… I really like this idea.

    And as soon as you mentioned that you are more sensitive to other’s sounds (and I’d imagine, out of tune parts!) I thought of my own life — where if I don’t get enough dark, cool sleep, I’m suddenly cranky about every little noise, bird, squeak, anything! Hmmm… you’ve just inspired me to sign off instead of check a few more sites I must — don’t want to be noise-sensitive tomorrow ~ !

    Thanks Char ~


  2. Leah Says:

    I totally agree about the sleep and exercise piece, Char, although I’m not perfect about it. I’ve been striving to make both these things a more regular part of my life lately. I function so much better with them.

    I also need daily creativity or some means of expressing myself to stay in flow.

  3. Char Says:


    That’s so great that you know you need some daily creativity to be at your best. Would you mind sharing more about your resources for daily creativity here so others can enjoy them too?

    It’s awesome what works for each of us to stay connected to ourselves – and sharing those resources is what this blog is all about.

    Thank you so much!!!

  4. Leah Says:

    Hi Char, Sure! I run the Creative Every Day Challenge on my blog which has developed into a wonderful, supportive community for those looking to add daily creativity to their lives. Here’s a link to that: http://creativeeveryday.com/creative-every-day-challenge

    Doing the challenge has been a great reminder for me to keep creativity in my life.

    I also loved reading “The Artist’s Way” by Julia Cameron.


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