Thursday, May 5, 2011

Be Who God Meant You To Be, and You Will Set the World On Fire

That's a quote by Saint Catherine of Sienna, who happens to be my namesake, as I was born on her feast day.  Imagine my delight when when I heard Richard Chartres, the Bishop of London, quote this line at the very beginning of the wedding sermon for Prince William and Catherine Duchess of Cambridge.

The very much appreciated handful of you who have been reading this blog from the beginning know that the central question I've been asking all along is, "Why do we want to transform our bodies?"  What is the reason behind the reason that keeps us heading to the gym, writing down what we eat, and searching for the latest clues to building and keeping a pleasing figure?  Is it simply vanity, approval, belonging, or a sense of worthiness that we're after?  And if it's any of those things, are they worth the time we spend focused on ourselves, and justified, especially in light of the fact that this pursuit may take time away from work and family?

Perfect Physical Well Being

Some time ago, I wrote a post about perfect physical well being because I thought that it might be the impulse at the root of what I was after, but now I am beginning to see the next layer underneath.  St. Catherine's quote reminds me that there is something about the essential self, unencumbered by ego, and stuff, and yes... extra adipose tissue... ok fat, that is needed in the world today.  The closer you can come to living as your essential self, the more positive creative action you can take in the world.

Now is the winter of our discontent made glorious summer by this sun of York.  Shakespeare

Three years ago, when I truly accepted the fact that I wasn't living as my essential self anymore, I started to change.  Looking back, I see very clearly that my discontent with myself was driving me to do things that put up new, stronger barriers to what I wanted to do with my life.  Overeating, overthinking, even overspending were all distractions from that discontent.  The sun is the inner and outer light that shines on our avoidance of the pure creative drives that would have us take positive action... nearly all the time! Now why would we want to avoid that... hmmm?  That's a blog for another day, as it's time for another very satisfying trip to the gym.

Oh, by the way, I'm back at the Turbulence Training, in TT Transformation Contest 11, and I am on fire to burn away the last 6 pounds.  I have new secret weapons too, including my new best friend, The Fitbit.  More on that later too.

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