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Lessons from a Cat - Livin' the Good Life

Nov. 13th, 2009

07:32 am - Lessons from a Cat

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I've been waking up with "morning stiffness" lately and not liking it! What is this?? I used to bound out of bed each morning, ready to go! Now it takes a minute or so to feel that delicious and familiar ease-of-motion in my legs and hips and spine. I find that totally unacceptable.
So, I walked into my computer room the other morning to be enthusiastically greeted by my kitten who had been asleep. The first thing he did as he rose was to stretch. He stretched out one leg behind him, then the other. He luxuriously lengthened his spine in a modified "cobra pose" as he started walking toward me. He appeared to do all this automatically and instinctively, and I thought to myself, "Yes! Why didn't I think of that? I should be stretching in bed just before I rise!"
The next morning as I contemplated getting up, I deliberately began lengthening my legs and spine, wiggling a bit while I did it. Ah, there was that delicious feeling in my legs! I reached my arms above my head, feeling that stretch in my entire spine and thinking, "Oh, this feels SO good!!" I kept stretching until I felt thoroughly stretched. Then, I arose and walked out of the room with complete ease. What a difference!
Thank you, Smokey!

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From:ext_120870
Date:November 14th, 2009 12:09 am (UTC)
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Glad you mentioned this because I think I've been going about it wrong. I do my stretches after I've been up a few hours. I think I will try doing them tomorrow before I even get up. I usually just wake up and immediately get dressed and make the bed. Tomorrow I'm stretching first :)
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