” We already have everything we need. All the time our warmth and brilliance are right here. We are one blink of an eye away from being fully awake” Pema Chodron
The daily practice of one’s own wellness is perhaps the most challenging of all, isn’t it?
We are as a society somehow attached to our anxiety, depression, addictions and to our pain and suffering… aren’t we?
So, in the area of wellness and daily rituals relating to our self care, enrichment and growing, and the soothing of our busy minds….we consider several aspects of our daily life as well as our life long conditioning and hard wiring.
In 2012 we take in a lot of information, largely because of the internet. We also therefore know a lot more about how to take care of ourselves.
We find routines that might be sustainable, the routines we feel right with.. so we might continue our own care enough to encourage health, clarity and joy!
– Ask ourselves how much time we really need to spend on FB or on blogs. Maybe begin to choose a few blogs that are related to our passions, that inspire or quiet our wildly fluctuating minds and pay attenton to how long we are sitting at the computer( for the sake of our posture and our stamina)
– Choose books to read : fiction, non fiction, spiritual, self help, historical.. anything that sparks the imagination and where we learn and expand our imaginations.
– Eat mindfully: not too much , not too little and emphasizing protein, dark green veggies and berries as well as all the other good things that our wonderful nutritionists have learned!
-Exercise: Cardio vascular is great for boosting your mood and regenerating your brain
cells. What kind of cardio vascular work really might make you feel good? Is it the gym ? running outside? dancing? classes? power walking in your neighborhood? Just as in the meditating, if we choose exercise that we don’t really enjoy but think we should do, it will become poison and we will do nothing at all.
– Laugh as much as possible!!
What kind of mind/body practice might work for you?
– Stretching and breathing: before going to work? before bed? in the middle of the day? Stretching and breathing to open our hearts, our minds and keep our joints healthy. Feel the expansion of yourself as you breathe and stretch your body. What heart opening exercises or activities can you engage in?
– Keeping TV intake down.. Too much TV is mind numbing and over stimulating, especially right before sleep! ( I know!! so tempting to watch it then…)
– Take yourself out once a week to do something you enjoy, something simple.It could be just having coffee at your corner coffee shop or a museum exhibit or a walk in the park; just you and you…..
Practice isn’t just about discipline and stick to it-iveness..
It is about fighting resistance and transcending laziness.
It is about being awake.. to whatever we are going through..
It is about self love and cultivating compassion towards our own well being.
Show up at the page, at your instrument, at the mat, at the reading chair, at the kitchen cutting board, for yourself…..
The operative phrase is to show up for yourself ! Do one joyful thing with and for yourself this week… Just one!!!
Susan Lambert, LCSW