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Open Letter to Protesters of Bad Bodies

Who are we that protest so eloquently?
We argue that our knees grind. Yet we grind every step into the ground.
We insist our spine is our culprit. Yet we crumple it as if it were ready for the trash.
And our hips are so untrue to be bone upon bone. Yet what are hips for except to sit?

Yes we exercise. We seek definition. And yet we injure whatever we want and the doctor says we have to rest six weeks. We know the story from the last time, “Give the body a chance to heal.”

Have we not noticed what the dancer has discovered?
Being erect is not a grind. Lifting ourselves up is easier than one plus one.
Pulling the body with the legs is out of date. The body moves. The legs spring.
Discipline comes from the love of movement.
Quality of movement connects our brain and our body and our desire and our hope.
Quality of attention is the key to preventing and nurturing injury.

It is the same old story, “Give the body a chance. Dance!”

Tim Hurst. 05/20/17