by Dr. Carol Renaud Gaffney
Gently move your body from wherever you are.
Become aware of your breathing. After several
breaths take a full complete breath. Let yourself
breathe out completely.
Reach up above you with your arms and hands and
imagine that you are picking bunches of
grapes that are just on the edge of your reach.
Move slowly and deliberately in a comfortable
way. Open and close your hands as they
wrap around the grapes above you. You might feel
your waist and hips moving as each hand reaches
up to grasp its delicate treasure. Move
this way for several breaths. Now with your arms
out in front of you, reach for the grapes
in front of you. Be careful and gentle as your
hands go around them. Reach like a cat, feeling
energy moving through your arms out into your
hands. Notice each muscle from your shoulders
down into your hands as they gently work together.
Coordinate your breathing with your movement.
Listen to breath entering and leaving,
fueling your movements, energizing your body from
your head to your toes.
With your arms extended to your sides, reach
to each side alternately as you pick the grapes
on either side of you. You move fluidly
and easily as you move from side to side, gathering
the treasures on either side of you. Body and
breath are in unison as you become aware
of your beautiful, fluid self. Continue until
you feel alert and energized.
Finish by taking a full complete breath. Shake
your body and experience the renewed energy.