To Condition Or De-Condition - The Choice Is Yours

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Imagine lying in a hospital bed day after day, all your hopes and dreams look so far away. You were the picture of health. In fact, there was a beautiful picture of you taped on the whiteboard and when the nurse came in she asked, “Who is the beautiful woman on the wall?” You replied, “That’s me.”

Suddenly, at that moment, you feel completely different; you realize that you have become unrecognizable.

This was my experience when I had stage lV cancer. After an experimental surgery, I spent four days in a drug-induced coma and 30 days lying in the hospital bed. In those 30 days, I lost over 20 pounds. I did not look or feel the same, but one thing remained the same, and that was the desire to reclaim my health, rebuild my body and live my dreams.

These dreams were as vibrant, beautiful and as strong as ever in my heart, mind, and soul and although my body may have become unrecognizable, my vision of life was crystal clear. I was ready to put Newton’s Third Law of Motion to the test (for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction). But how would I go from degeneration to regeneration? It was simply to start with Newton’s First Law: an object at rest, stays at rest; an object in motion, stays in motion.

I instinctively knew that I had to get moving in order to reclaim my health, since lying in bed was pulling me further away from my dreams. I had to start pushing forward towards them.

I started with walking the hospital hallways. When I left the hospital with a walker and a catheter strapped to my paralyzed left leg, the first thing I did was walk from one end of my living room to the other. Once I accomplished that goal, I decided to take it a step further and walk to the end of the street. I went from being completely hunched, barely able to push my walker around the block, to turning my dreams into a reality and winning Belly Dancer of the Universe not one, but two years in a row.

I know that with clear intentions, daily motion and faith we can reclaim our health and becoming ageless is possible for us through movement.

The National Institute on Aging reports that with one week of immobility we lose 20% of muscle strength and if we are immobile for 3 to 5 weeks we can lose up to 50%. You may be thinking, “Well, I’m not lying in bed all day. I’m a busy entrepreneur.” But ask yourself, “How much time am I sitting at the computer?”

It is our lack of movement and choosing not to make daily motion a part of our life that we age before our time.

We live in a world of duality, so if you are not conditioning your body, then you are deconditioning your body. Not only will you suffer, but your business will suffer, too.

Your 30-Day Daily Motion Challenge, if you choose to accept it, is to put on music that moves you. Every day for 5 minutes before you sit down at the computer remember to stretch, walk and dance for a more healthy and successful new year.


Nadirah R. Bray HHP

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Speaker, Author, Actor, Dancer

Entertainer, Instructor, Trainer and Coach 

Leading Authority on the Healing Power of Belly Dance. Creator of well received Goddess In Motion and Bodies in Motion Method. International  multi award winning performer and master instructor. Host on Workout San Diego and The Talk of San Diego Network. Founder of the Goddess In Motion Institute. Live a life you love, create a business as unique as you are and a legacy that you are proud of.