Monday, March 03, 2008

brave dancing legs


"What I really want to say is, could you come and play with me around the blackberries and dipping sun. Gold on our faces. Creasing, smiling eyes. Could we grab hands and run dashing to the lake in gusts of laughter and blushing? I believe that loving fearlessly is the bravest thing in this world." - Sabrina Ward Harrison

I realize that this is more a picture of my feet than my legs, but my camera and I are in a fight, so this is what I've got for you. My legs had a bit to say this week! If you don't know what I am talking about, this is the explanation.

Just like my feet, my legs were quick to pull up a chair and have a chat. I sat still and thought, "What would you like to say?" The words 'brave' and 'strong' came to me almost immediately. Funnily enough, I knew exactly which part of me needed those words. My knees are the weakest part of my body and they clearly needed me to write 'strong' on them. Writing this just now, I got the clearest feeling that I need to do it again tomorrow. One day wasn't enough for them. They would like a bit more attention!

I wrote 'brave' on the top part of my legs. I often feel like I am a weird mix of brave and terrified. My legs are what carries me forward into my world. They move me more quickly when I am afraid of the dark. They stick with me when I try to run away. They hold me up when I dance. In the past two weeks we have made a lot of plans for the future - really really big ones - and I have been feeling really restricted in my current situation. Since I started tuning in, my legs have been quite literally itching to move! I have walked into more corners and stumbled over more things this week than I have in ages. I get the distinct impression that I am outgrowing my space and my legs know it. Very wise.

I am going to listen to my hips next. I have a feeling they will have a LOT to say.

16 comments:

Frankie said...

I love this Megg! I never really thought of my legs as the ones to guide me through bravery, but you are so very right, they are! Strong and brave. Perfect words. Perfect post!

xoxo

enchantedartist said...

Onward and upward you go!!! Feet to connect us to the earth...legs to propel us...I understand the brave/terrified combo...I feel that too...I'm brave until something something really frightens me.

I can't wait to hear about all your plans and adventures!

Love to you Megg!
xx

bee said...

okay, meg, you need to start a movement. i want to do this with you...you need to pick a name, and then i'm there with you. wait, actually, i got to find a charger for my camera first.
you are so, so, so incredible. this is incredible. it inspires me.
(plus, it makes me want to find the most magical tea i can find and hop over the pond to share it with you.)

Ladyv said...

i agree with bee! i think you are starting a movement! this is an incredible experiment/activity/revolution!
you are so inspiring!

Kerstin said...

I have got to add my bit here, too. I really really love this whole idea of reconnecting with your body, of talking to it, listening to it, having IT tell you what IT needs, what is good, what can be better. Reminding you that it's a part of YOU. So clever. My only fear is that, if I join you, there would be too many complaints from everyone below my chin! Nonetheless, I feel inspired.

Claudia said...

What a dear, wise and magical bean you are! I'm thinking if I had allowed my knees to speak they would say, 'sit, rest, be...' and then add, 'shave & exfoliate already, please!'...and let's not even DISCUSS the hips, but I'm pretty sure after '10 pound babies deserve the best' it would whisper, 'lay off the rum raisin, beautiful'. You are brave!! This is why I love the land of blogging, I get to 'meet' folks like you. Inspiration. Light. Hope.
xox

Michelle (a.k.a. la vie en rose) said...

i love this meg! i just had beauty tattooed onto my back...i'll have to take pics of the new ink once it's healed up...

Dandelion seeds said...

'weird mix of brave and terrified'

girl, did you ever peg it!!! I love that you affirm your intentions on your body. beautiful

Tori said...

If I even venture to think about what my hips are saying...it is something along the lines of, Please have mercy and be kind to us.

Megg, you inspire me.

Be well.

caroline : my pocket said...

This is so exciting, love following your journey through your body and hearing what it has to say. I want to do it too! Can't wait to meet you - I so hope we can come. Fingers crossed, fingers crossed. Wishing all the best for your new beginnings and brave paths - you grow girl! xoxo

Jessie said...

meg, i just love you...everything about you.

i feel wordless today, but i'm reading about your brave legs and walking forward and i just want you to know that.

xoxo,
j.

Amiene R.ev said...

I just doing the sunday sribbler, and... just come here to say Hi.

Hi. :)

Cate said...

Hips?!?!??!?!?!?!?!

<3 Cate

meetmahima said...

goodness!
this post is beautiful!

Anonymous said...

I always knew that you had wonderful and inspiring words in you just aching to come out. Even at LPV, playing the paper clip game! I try to listen to my pregnant body and sometimes I really love what it has to say. Especially the quiet tumblings in my belly. I love you!
Susie T

Marilyn said...

"I get the distinct impression that I am outgrowing my space and my legs know it." If only we'd listen to all of the messages are bodies are giving us in bright, flashing neon...