Was it murder--or something serious?
Philip Marlow in Murder, My Sweet

Friday, August 15, 2014

Simple Pleasures - Stretching

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I notice that I stretch more in the summer. I blink awake and give a big, full body stretch, and it feels so good. In fact, oddly it almost feels like swimming. That easy, buoyant sensation.

Maybe it’s something to do with the quality of light and air in summer? The winter is chilly and the impulse is to scrunch up and stay warm. In summer, we unfold and reach out…

Stretching helps your body wake up. It gets the blood flowing through muscles and opens up your circulation. Oxygen! You reach out as though to embrace the morning and with that action open up your chest cavity -- your heart and lungs expand -- and those first deep breaths feel great. You’re alive and it’s a new day.

Look to this day!

For it is life, the very life of life.

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