Be Aware of Your Body in this Space

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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WOODY’S WORDS

Sometimes we get so excited and we bolt out of the blocks before the gun goes off.  Sometimes acting on impulse can be very liberating and just what is needed to blast you out of a hole in your life.  Sometimes it can bring you whole lot of confusion.

I got an idea to organize a public presentation for my business.  I asked around and got a commitment from a business associate on a location and a time, only to find that to him it was still an idea and not an actual event.  It made me stop and think about where our communication breakdown happened.  This happens a lot in our world today because we spend a lot of time talking at each other and not with each other.

One of my goals for this quarter is to sharpen my listening skills.  Clearly God saw that I could use some work in this area when I set that goal.  I want to listen with acknowledgement and understanding.  So many times I find people (myself included) talking but not listening.  Why are we so busy trying to get our points across in a hurry?  True conversations take time.  Calculating what you will say next while someone else is talking, does not constitute listening.  Talking over someone else does not constitute listening.  I’m beginning to feel that listening is a dying art form.

I think my journey with deaf and hard of hearing people has been all about listening.  There have been many times when I didn’t want to hear what life was telling me.  It was easier to bury my head in the sand much like my son used to turn off his hearing aids when he didn’t want to hear me yelling at him to clean up his room.  Sometimes we don’t want to hear what people are telling us because it doesn’t fit with our vision of the world.  So I guess we shouldn’t be surprised when we get whacked on the head by life because we weren’t listening and paying attention.  Many times deaf people perceive hearing people as screaming, angry people.  I guess it can look that way when someone is yelling at you as though raising their voice will somehow make you hear them.  Actually listening to someone, giving them complete attention, is one of the greatest gifts you can give.  Just think about how good it feels when someone does that for you.  You feel heard.  You feel free to speak.  You’re not competing with anything else.  You can just express what is on your heart.  How refreshing.

Now that my friend and I are on the same page, we can plan an event that will be powerful and educational.  First I had to wake up to the fact that I wasn’t listening.  Now we can have a true conversation about what we want to do, how we want to do it, and what we hope to gain from it.  I realize that I don’t have to move at lightning speed all the time and things can still happen quickly when I take the time to listen.

Light and Love,

Janice