Are you as fit as a fiddle?

by | Sep 1, 2013 | Mindful About Fitness | 0 comments


© Oleksii Sergieiev

© Oleksii Sergieiev

What does that mean exactly? We heard our parents say it, but did we really think about what it meant when we heard it? My interpretation is that the wood was finely crafted, sanded and polished. The strings were placed just so and stretched to the appropriate tension to produce beautiful sound. The sound was then tested and tuned, and the fiddle was ready to partner with human hands. Imagine someone purchasing this fiddle, practicing on it, and playing it in a beautiful venue. During the concert, if something was not quite right with the fiddle, the sound quality would be affected. This outcome is not too terribly bad if the fiddle is one of many. The fiddle player may get shaken up, may lose his or her confidence, may lose their place with the music, etc. That’s bad enough; but what if it’s a solo and everyone is listening? That one sour note could be the result of a string that wasn’t tightened properly, or the fiddle itself wasn’t in the right position, or the musician was distracted.

Now, compare yourself to the fiddle. Think for a minute about all the different aspects that make you a finely tuned individual. Are you a replica of the original or are you your authentic self? Is your body well-crafted and polished, or do you have some work to do there? Do you have a regular exercise routine, get enough sleep every night, and eat healthy meals? Do you play beautiful music? I’m not necessarily talking about singing, but do positive words and confidence come out of your mouth, or are you sarcastic or cynical? Those less than positive comments may come across as sour notes to some people. Is your fiddle being held properly? Do you walk upright with the correct posture? Are you carrying too much weight for your frame which is taxing to your limbs? Are you strung too tight, stressed out, pushing people away because of the sound you are projecting? Are you trying to blend in so you aren’t noticed or are you interested in honoring yourself for who you are?

Now, let’s talk about the person playing the fiddle also known as the bow – perhaps your spouse, your friend, or your boss is interacting with you. Do they want to pick you up and spend time with you? Do you take impeccable care of your fiddle? These are all good questions. The thing is, we have to be finely tuned and operating efficiently on all cylinders to be at our best and to make the most beautiful music. If we don’t care for our bodies, don’t relax our mind, let go of control and be a free spirit in the present, then how can the beautiful music come out? I’ve observed many people running around frantically, always late for appointments, paying their bills late, always having some sort of issue with something or someone. Not being in balance or finely tuned affects their emotional state which affects their physical state, and in turn, affects everything and everyone around them.

Sometimes it becomes a very good idea to reconstruct the fiddle. Perhaps through meditation, counseling or just choice, you can decide what kind of fiddle you want to be, and how finely tuned you want to become, and finally what beautiful music you want to play. You can get your home and office organized, your life organized and your mind, body and spirit balanced to the point that you are finely tuned. Sure, we all have work to do on every single one of these items, but to what extent? Wouldn’t it be awesome to consider the possibility of changing your tune, and making beautiful music together in this life? It can all start with a decision to walk out on that stage and give your performance of a lifetime. Honor yourself first and foremost, and the rest will evolve into a magnificent symphony.



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