I was talking with a dear friend this morning. Both her son and her brother died over Christmas this year. She told me that she went swimming this morning even though she felt like staying in bed for the next year. (No kidding eh?) She said she could hear her brother's voice in her head "Do it because you can and I believe in you". Staying with his love and those thoughts are what are driving her. to chose life and health over quitting and collapsing into her grief THAT is a good intention. That is different than saying to herself "I should swim 3-5 times a week". An intention keeps you fundamentally and radically okay at a core level. It is affirming of your self worth. Mindfulness keeps you on track re: your intentions, however, it is hard to stay with the positive self thoughts and behaviours when the neuropathways that have been in habitual are about negative beliefs and behaviours. Keep showing up. Keep getting up when you fall. Because you can and because you deserve it.
I'm presently taking a Yoga Instructor training course that is quite intensive so I am doing my own evaluations re: where I am spending my time. I'm wondering if these blog posts are still useful and relevant? Do you read them when you see them in your inbox? I am thinking of switching things up and running mindfulness check-in groups once a week instead. Would that be a more useful way to serve those of you that don't want or necessarily need to come in for therapy? Please email me your responses so I can get an accurate read on how I can be helpful. The mindfulness groups wouldn't start until March at the earliest because of the Yoga Training that I'm doing but I want to start planning now. I know that my office building has also been sold so I will be looking for a new location by July so that will also take some of my time. Your feedback is greatly appreciated.
We're all on this human journey. No one ever knows what might come their way, good or bad. We can only decide....now what? Whether you are suffering from addictions and trying to get clean or you are managing your life well but would like to feel freer in your body by losing 10 lbs, I wish radical self-love to all of you (myself included!)
I encourage you to form some deeply held belief about yourself and THEN think about the behaviours that would change if that belief were true. Now THAT will make for an awesome year!!!
Enjoy Katie Perry's beautiful and poignant "Rise" music video.