I have embarked on a new journey in my life. Since my spirit/soul is “toned” and well-maintained, it is now time to work on my physique so it could match my soul. Also, I’ve been blessed with a clean bill of health on my last physical and I’d like to keep it that way. After all, Your body is Your temple and it should be treated with love and respect. I find myself having to start over again with my ego in “full-bloom” being my own “Debbie Downer” berating me that I can’t do it when in fact, in my heart (which I completely trust) tells me that I can and that I should look at my ego thru the eyes of love and compassion. It’s a struggle, a fight of my will and ego, but as the saying goes—where there’s a will there’s a way! My will/higher self wins in the end; it encourages me to persevere and be patient with my ego and my body. I’m changing everything about my health. I’ve quit smoking or at least I’ve cut down my smoke in-take to 1-2 cigarettes a day (I used to smoke 1.5 packs a day); and I’m learning to choose healthier foods, fruits and veggies to satisfy my appetite. I know it’s going to take a lot of work, but I made a choice to LIVE, so I’ll do all I can.
It’s funny because while I’m working out at the gym, I hear my ego bitching and complaining on how slow I’m going, how I’ll never get the body I want and reminding me “no pain, no gain!” I just roll my eyes and continue to breathe slowly while working out—after all, that’s all I can do and I get back in focus. I want to share with You guys my ritual(s) during moments such as these or when I “fall off the wagon” or in times of trouble and I’m in need of help:
1. Focus. So what if someone is getting on Your nerves? My question to You is: Why are You letting them get on Your nerves? Keep Your mind occupied on something else at work; focus that energy into creativity—that’s Your way of helping out the environment. You are one less person spreading negativity/anger. Do something productive, find a focal point, Your happy place and ignore them. Remember, You can’t change anyone but You sure as hell can change Yourself.
2. Perception. Sometimes shifting Your perception a little to the left will bring You back in balance. Look through the eyes of love and compassion; remember that WE are all mirrors of each other. We see in others what we like and dislike about ourselves; we attract like-minded individuals and we are repelled by others because we dislike their actions. When we see something in someone else or in our environment we don’t like, that is our sign from God/Spirit, to change that part of us that we don’t like.
3. Ask for Help when You need it. If all of the above fails, this is the last step, You have done all You could in Your power now, it’s time to LET GO AND LET GOD. Not to say God and/or the Angels weren’t with You during the above steps. Be gentle with Yourself and remember that You are only human and therefore You are not perfect; so it is ok to feel irritated, angry and negative but please don’t let the negative feelings linger—LET THEM GO. When you ask God for help, it need not be formal—“God, please help with me [situation/person]” works ALL THE TIME. Your prayers are answered immediately and which You mistake as coincidence. THERE ARE NO COINCIDENCES – That is God’s answer to Your Prayers. Note: Forgiving someone and letting something go doesn’t mean it’s ok what they did to You, no—You are just not willing to carry their energy/extra baggage around.
I hope this helps. Now You know my secret. ;o) Also, I’m open to suggestions to add and/or change up my ritual—I’d like to hear about your practices. Till next time, I bid You all love, light and compassion.