The Widow’s Lament in Springtime

Sorrow is my own yard
where the new grass
flames as it has flamed
often before but not
with the cold fire
that closes round me this year.
Thirtyfive years
I lived with my husband.
The plumtree is white today
with masses of flowers.
Masses of flowers
load the cherry branches
and color some bushes
yellow and some red
but the grief in my heart
is stronger than they
for though they were my joy
formerly, today I notice them
and turn away forgetting.
Today my son told me
that in the meadows,
at the edge of the heavy woods
in the distance, he saw
trees of white flowers.
I feel that I would like
to go there
and fall into those flowers
and sink into the marsh near them.

William Carlos Williams

CultFit Shine


Grief

Trying to remember you
is like carrying water
in my hands a long distance
across sand. Somewhere people are waiting.
They have drunk nothing for days.

Your name was the food I lived on;
now my mouth is full of dirt and ash.
To say your name was to be surrounded
by feathers and silk; now, reaching out,
I touch glass and barbed wire.
Your name was the thread connecting my life;
now I am fragments on a tailor’s floor.

I was dancing when I
learned of your death; may
my feet be severed from my body.

- Stephen Dobyns

CultFit Winter Wheat


To love life

to love it even
when you have no stomach for it
and everything you’ve held dear
crumbles like burnt paper in your hands,
your throat filled with the silt of it.
When grief sits with you, its tropical heat
thickening the air, heavy as water
more fit for gills than lungs;
when grief weights you like your own flesh
only more of it, an obesity of grief,
you think, How can a body withstand this?
Then you hold life like a face
between your palms, a plain face,
no charming smile, no violet eyes,
and you say, yes, I will take you
I will love you, again.

Ellen Bass

Notes:

Smile and be well today.

CultFit Color


Breeze

The flaws of cyclic existence: Relatives at home, enemies, friends and possessions in the world are the causes of worry for the body and mind. Only virtuous actions can benefit others. Therefore, I will not be attached to these ties and I will cast them away as I would a snake in my lap.

… We can still live free, while living in our current high-tech society by taking the time to simplify our lives.  How?  Physical and Mental De-cluttering.   It does take some time to realize that our material possessions do not bring us the happiness that simple immaterial experiences do … A kiss, A hug, a nice run.  By getting rid of these unnecessary “things” we allow room for new “things” to come into our lives.  Taking part in a regular “spring cleaning” can help us to live every day as if it was a fresh start.

No longer will you be held back by your past…

The Plan-

CultFit Moon

The Workout:

Trial Run and Hill Sprints to get the blood flowing … Followed By:

200m Sprint (Embody the word Sprint-Cool)

20 Heavy Double Kb Front Squats (If your pretty little elbows touch your body at anytime?  Start over from zero)

Eight is a pretty remarkable number to shoot for …

CultFit Wait

Notes-

Later today we are going to have a good friend over for a chat and maybe some tea.  The lovely Laura Yochelson will be over to talk about her new book ” In the name of BEING WELL, I made MYSELF SICK.”

Be well this morning and ENJOY!!!

CultFit Forest


Sour Times

Be yourself.  Life is precious as it is.  All the elements for your happiness are already here.  There is no need to run, strive, search or struggle.  Just Be-

In today’s increasingly complex world.  Each and every minute it’s becoming harder to experience the relative simplicity of the seconds of the day passing by. We will take the moral low road and  blame this on the discovery of “Social Media” which we have become both liberated and enslaved by its mind-numbing power.  Thanks to this we are virtually drowning in a sea of irrelevance.

Have we willingly given up our ability to think for ourselves?

The Plan-

CultFit Drops

The Workout:

A quick flowing Warm Up … A little balance beam work and jumping the old rope.  Followed By:

10 Standing Broad Jumps (five out and five back)
20 Hard Style Kettle-Bell Swings (Snappy)

Five rounds sound good enough to you?

CultFit Sled

Notes-

We are going to going this topic into submission this week, oh joy!  Take care today and ENJOY!!!

CultFit Hobbs