Hopefully by now you are staying active for life. I see my clients taking this on each day. Some of them went down that slippery slope to “the old life” but they are seeing that all it takes to get back on track is to simply start over. You will start over as many times as you need to get to the goal. That is what life is about. Starting over. This is your power to deal with anything life presents.
One of the foundations of my meditation practice is starting over. When your mind takes you off on a fantasy or some worry, you simply start over and return to an awareness of your breath. It’s that simple and that daunting. We get so frustrated with the idea of starting over when this is our true power in this life of distractions.
So you started over and went for a 15 minute walk this time. As I’ve said before, if you don’t have 10-15 minutes for yourself, you are a slave. BREAK FREE! Here’s a little tip for making a jailbreak.
Be aware of your body in this space. So you got out on your 15 minute break from work or your lunch half hour and you decided to walk. Great! Instead of plugging in your iPhone earplugs to listen to music, plug into your inner world and listen to your body. It’s speaking to you every day. Are you listening? Start by taking 5 minutes of your workout session, walk, run, swim, whatever and just listen. What is your body telling you? Make friends with it. To be a good friend to anyone, you have to first be a good friend to yourself. Is your friend needing some affection and comfort? Is your friend saying “Please lay off the fried food. You’re slowing me down.” Is your friend feeling invigorated and excited about having a healthy body? Listen, feel your body in this space. Feel your feet hitting the ground, your legs moving through the water, your body flying through the air as you go for that lay-up and put the ball into the basket. Feel it. Be in the moment, paying attention to all your senses, listening.
Listening is the greatest gift you can give a friend. Be that friend to your body. Listen with an open heart and follow your intuition about what comes next. When you’re in the moment, you’re less likely to have injuries. You’re more deliberate like the tiger placing his paw very carefully with each step as he approaches his prey. Be very deliberate and aware of your body in this space. You will discover that staying active IS for life and you will want nothing else.
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