In 1972, Francis Ford Coppola made an incredible film called “The Godfather.”  He followed that up with “The Godfather: Part II” in 1974.  Great movie.  26 long years later, I couldn’t wait to see what I knew would be an awful movie called “The Godfather: Part III.”  Aside from Andy Garcia pulling a Tyson and biting Joe Mantegna’s ear off, most of the movie was hard to watch.

However, there was one quote that has stuck with me for the last 27 years.  Al Pacino (Michael Corleone) is in Italy, wracked with guilt for all he had done in his life.  He is talking with a Catholic Priest, when he goes into Diabetic shock.  They find Michael some orange juice, he drinks and begins to come around.  The priest looks at him and says, “The mind suffers and the body cries out.”

The mind suffers and the body cries out.

Both through education (Read the book Spark.  Amazing.) and personal experience, I am convinced more every day that no part of our life can be compartmentalized for very long.  I wrote about this here.

Now, we’ll see what we can do about it.  In June of this year, I obtained certification as a personal trainer through the American Council on Exercise.  During this sabbatical time, I hope to to study, train, and explore ways we can take care of ourselves physically as well as spiritually.

What works for you?  How do you move?  What moves you?


3 thoughts on “What Moves You?

  1. As with my faith, I need community for exercise. I box with 6 women who are older and wiser once a week. While it’s not my most physically challenging workout, I cherish the time with women who share their maternal and life wisdom with me. I workout twice a week with a trainer at a place where people of all ages exercise. We have become a family and I love knowing and seeing these new friends in my community. I also go to yoga many times a week and truly cherish my time in the studio and closing with a group namaste. I am One of those people who practice my faith and Mr exercise individually but need to do it as part of a community. While I need to be an individual, My fellow congregants and exercisera are essential to my experience and growth

  2. I have yet to find a trainer who really understand arthritis and degenerative back issues. I know this is very specific but would love to find someone who would help with an exercise plan and protective plan to save my back as much as possible.

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