Getting Real...Inner Evolution
Today I caught myself. This morning I woke up, and I chose a better way than the day before. I'm celebrating, because I'm evolving.
I'm 41 and I'm just beginning to learn how to have a good relationship with my Self. I'm learning that I respond better, and bounce back much more quickly, when I'm GENTLE with myself. Imagine that! Are you wondering what "being gentle with yourself" looks like? Well, instead of a week of cookie-eating and Netflix-bingeing, it means that when I see my actions are out of integrity with my intention of how I want to be, I call myself out of the "snowball effect" I've created (without judging), and into the silence. I take some deep breaths and get quiet and look at my behavior, knowing that my desire to get past this pattern is dependent upon whether I can ACCEPT myself, pick myself up, be with the really awful feelings that are there for me. Be with this discomfort with my melancholy that led to the shame, that led to emotional eating, that led to anger, that led to yelling, that led to more shame, and then self-loathing, which got me to the mindset that I don't deserve help, or love, or self-care. Heavy stuff. By being with these feelings and paying attention to body sensations that accompany them, I give myself the opportunity to DIGEST all of it, to empathize with my own experience. To recognize that my tender heart is hurting, and to be right there for my sad/hurt/angry/disappointed/numb Self in a space of unconditional love. This is how we shift emotions. They aren't meant to be stored in our bodies, or ignored.
Emotions are meant to bring awareness to something we need to acknowledge and deal with, so that they can move on and out of us.
This is NOT easy work, mind you. (Read the full post by clicking link in profile.)
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