Today I have been very aware of making conscious choices to support myself and my body for my highest good.
This morning it was raining, and raining hard ...and it was cold. This meant that my usual morning walk, which is my exercise, was not an option. It may well have been an option for some really brave people out there- but for me - who seriously dislikes being cold and wet - its just not an option. So - I could have just not exercises - as I have in the past... or - I could make another choice for exercise.
Its interesting - being on this path I have taken and being my own daily client - I can already feel the shift - as today I felt the need to exercise! This is new... this is unusual. I either swim or walk, or do both in summer... but... this desire and need to exercise when my favourite options are not available... this is new!
So - a choice to exercise - to find a solution... I chose to pull out the yoga mat and do some yoga. I did not let the fact that I could not remember the moves stop me - after all - that would be an excuse -as this is 2016 and we have internet... and it was working today!! So - I downloaded the very useful images of "Salute to the Sun" , popped on some lovely music, and got started...with the curtains closed!
I did yoga a long time ago and right now - it would be very amusing to watch me attempting to do these moves- as simple as they are. However - a start is a start and I actually felt really good afterwards... even remembered a few other poses after a while, so popped them in. This has made my daughter somewhat inspired to do yoga with me on the weekends... ummm... she is a ballet dancer and does yoga at school... so this will be fun... I will grunt into a semi-position while she wraps her leg somewhere near her ear... oh well - what is life without some humour??
The point here is that it does not matter so much what you do or how great you are at doing it - just made the decision to do it and start...and you will get there eventually - and in making the start - you feel pretty good!!!!
Another area I have found myself making conscious choices in in diet.
Now on the whole I have a pretty good diet anyway - low sugar and low junk food and mostly organic. However... sometimes I have been eating for comfort and eating out of habit, or taking a quick easy option even thought its not really what my body needs. Today I found myself being a lot more aware of eating for nourishment. What does my body really need vs what does my ego want? I found myself not needing to eat breakfast at all. I just wanted tea, and followed this later with a juice (freshly made). Then later went into lunch - but again - not the fastest option - but just stopped for a moment and asked my body - what do you really need? It did not take long to make - but it was a much better option with much better energy results.
How often are we charging around and just grabbing something to fill a gap and not actually being conscious about what it is we are doing? I never did that much with my children when they were growing up... I always made sure I had healthy snack options for them so that if we were in a hurry - a solution was there...so why not give myself the same level of care?
Think about it... if the external world is a reflection of my internal world... if I do not take the time to care for me - what am I going to attract as a reflection in my external world? A world that seems as if it does not have time to care for me and will put me last , or lower in the order of priorities!!!
So again - it comes to conscious choices here. What do I want to attract in my life and in my world experiences? I want to feel loved, cared for, nurtured, provided for, secure, safe, happy etc.... This means that in order to attract those things as world external experiences... I have to make sure I do these things for myself. So I need to love myself... treating myself the way I do for those that I love and care for... this means making sure I get play time, enough sleep, am warm and comfortable, am eating healthy food which is good for me (yes with the treats as well - but predominantly healthy).... and so the list goes on.
I have to become as good a caregiver towards myself, as I am for my children and other beloveds.