As adults, sometimes we need to give our grown ass selves a time out. See, what took me a long time to understand was that this fight or flight response doesn’t just happen when presented with a conflict situation.
For the first time in my life, I made a 30 day, nonnegotiable commitment to myself. This coming from a person who falters even committing to a too long series on Netflix.
Today marks the completion of this 30 day journey.
There is a delicate balance between following what feels good in the present moment, and discipline.
If you’re reading this post, chances are you are no stranger to the world of self care and personal development.
How many of us have felt moments of deep despair, pain, or grief? In these moments where it feels like the sun has stopped shining forever, we can sometimes feel completely absorbed by the waves of our emotional turbulence. I’m willing to bet we have all felt a variation of this at one point in time or another.
How many of us have felt the gnawing sensation of anxiety in our lives? Most of us are aware of the word “anxiety”. After all, anxiety disorders are the leading mental health issue we face as a species today. But how many of us are actually able to identify the emotion when we experience it and understand what it is trying to tell us?
In examining the relationship we have with our bodies, an important question to ponder is if we truly appreciate and express gratitude for all our bodies do for us. I know I certainly didn’t love my body for most of my life. Rather than treating my body like the precious vessel for my soul and beloved friend that it is, I chose instead to shun it and judge it based on arbitrarily society-constructed beauty standards.
Our bodies do so much for us – this is an undeniable truth. Our bodies engage in so many unconscious processes, which by their very definition, require no thought or effort on our parts. It fights off infection and keeps us healthy to the best of its ability. Our hearts keep the blood pumping throughout our bodies. Our lungs constantly provide us with prana – life force energy. Our feet carry us on all of our life journeys. Our hands hold close what is dear to our hearts.
No matter how spiritually evolved we may consider ourselves to be, the fact remains that we have been sent here to experience the human existence.
Think of your body as the foundation for all that is you.
If the foundation of a temple is falling apart, how can we expect spiritual communion to truly flourish?