What Do You Need?

My body is letting me know that it needs gentleness rather than intensity.

This is not my practiced inclination.

But when I don’t listen to the subtle guidance I receive, it becomes much more obvious. Pain is pretty good at getting my attention.

So for the past several weeks I’ve been moving my body gently—stretching, Tai Chi. I’m more focused on loving my body than testing it.

Lately, I’ve heard many people talking about being more sensitive than usual, and I’ve heard many explanations why.

What I know for me is that this is a time for observation, contemplation, renewal, and listening. It is a time to soothe my overstimulated nervous system, and to give myself the necessary peace to revitalize.

I have to resist the temptation to yield to any sense of urgency. My muscles are not atrophying. My weight is not rebounding. My health is not deteriorating.

In fact, I have the opportunity to create a new workout and wellness program, and to get to know my body in a new way. I am choosing to see any frustration I am experiencing as the desire to learn more, expand more, dare more, and create more.

Contemplation is a part of creation. I have time to consider my options. To listen to my body and determine the direction that feels right to me now. To gather all the information I may need to start out on a new course.

Sometimes, the best action is to be quiet and listen.

Giving myself time to recover and figure out a new path is not familiar ground. In the past, my exercise switch had only two settings—off and on. Either I was working out at full intensity or I wasn’t working out at all.

So here is something in between.

I’m aware of the fear that I will lose all the fitness progress I have recently made, and I’m reminding myself that my fitness will never be “done.” My fitness—and wellness—are always in the process of becoming. There is always room for growth and improvement.

And I’m not the same person I used to be. Moving my body—even gently—feels better than not moving at all. I’m more connected to my Higher Self and more in-tune with the guidance I am receiving.

This place of rest and recovery is temporary. It is just where I am right now. There will be a time to push and progress, and I will know when it is time to pick up the pace.

I’m curious, has anyone else felt that this is a time to rest and renew? Or are you feeling invigorated and resilient? What choices are you making? What’s working best for you?

Together we can do it!

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What’s the Right Mindset for Losing Weight?

One of the push-pulls that I’m feeling in my life right now is surrendering and allowing the power of All-That-Is to work its magic in my life, and setting specific and measurable goals and diligently moving towards those. I have coaches in both camps.

What if both are true—at least for me? This feels like one of those dichotomies in life, such Yin-Yang, Dark-Light, and Good-Evil. This is Surrender-Focus.

To paraphrase Abraham, the perfect mindset in life is simultaneously being content and eager for more.

Where I feel this most is on the topic of my body and optimal wellness. I love and appreciate my body just as it is, and marvel at how hard it’s working to stay in balance and manage everything I do and put into it. While I am strong, and relatively fit and healthy, at the same time, I want to be stronger, fitter, and healthier, and I believe that I’ll look and feel better if I’m leaner.

I fully believe the more I focus on what is right with my body, the more I consciously tap into the Foundation Principle that “Energy Attracts Like Energy,” otherwise known as the Law of Attraction, and create more strength, fitness, and wellness.

While there are some people who can fully utilize this principle to intuitively eat and move their bodies to create their version of optimal wellness, I also have long-held contradictory beliefs about the value of planning, nutrition, and exercise. Past experiences where I both used focus to improve my body, and also relaxed my focus on diet and exercise and gained weight also plays a role in how successful I would be at totally surrendering to create optimal wellness.

Since I—along with many people—have these existing beliefs, it seems wise to tap into the power of both surrender and focus. But how do you do that?

Accept where you are—letting go of judging where we are physically as good or bad is challenging, but incredibly powerful. There truly is only where you are and where you want to be. Practicing that mindset releases destructive catabolic energy that will actually hamper your progress towards your idea of optimal wellness.

Act out of love—Loving yourself enough to feed your body high-energy foods and move regularly is a powerful motivator. Also loving Source (God, the Universe, All-That-Is, Higher-Coach—whatever works for you) and recognizing that your body is a gift to be taken care of can help you both surrender and focus.

Set goals that feel good—pay attention to the emotion that the goals you are setting generate. Is it positive or negative? If it’s positive (i.e. excited, inspired, eager), think of that as a green light to move forward. If it’s negative (i.e. fear, pessimism, dread), recognize that’s a signal to rethink why you want to achieve optimal wellness.

Make it fun—what’s the best exercise for losing weight? The one that you will do consistently and actually enjoy. What can you do to make eating healthy and moving your body fun?

Count your successes—document and praise yourself for what you are doing well and let go of where you are falling short.

Know that when you ask it is given—this is a foundation of so many spiritual and religious practices. The key is to stop asking and being fearful that you can’t achieve your goals and instead find a way to tap into your faith that the Universe is on your side and is supporting you in achieving your goals.

Appreciate where you are in the journey—so often we believe our life will be better once we meet our goals. But in truth, it is not the achieving of a goal that improves your life, it is allowing yourself to feel better and enjoy life right now.

As you surrender and focus on success you build positive momentum that will be like a tidal wave moving you towards your goals.

Together we can do it!

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