How many times today have you thought to yourself, “My back is aching, I should really get to a yoga class.” Or, “I am all over the place today! Wish I had some time to meditate.” Or, “I could sleep for days.” ??
That, my friends, is your inner wisdom talking. No matter how many times you ignore it or rationalize it away, it keeps sending you little signals in the hope that one day, you will actually listen and give yourself some of the TLC you’re so desperately craving. So here’s your weekly tip: Listen to this voice!!!! It is a hotline to your soul. You don’t have to quit your job or change your life to heed its advice.
I am learning this lesson in my life. Working, mothering, feeding myself, getting some exercise, relating to the important people in my life – everything seems more important than listening to the little voice that’s patiently waiting for my attention. That’s why my new mantra is “Don’t think, just obey.” For the last few weeks, every time I’ve thought to myself “My neck is killing me,” I do one little stretch for 30 seconds. If I have an inkling to exercise, I change my clothes immediately and do whatever I can in the time I’ve got (which is often 15 minutes, but hey, something is always better than nothing).
And here’s what I’m realizing: the more I act on what that little voice tells me to do, the better I feel. Even if I only take one deep breath. Or meditate for 30 seconds. The actual action doesn’t really matter as much as the act of listening and taking action does. As I forge a stronger connection between my conscious mind and my inner wisdom, I don’t have to get to a state of emergency before I do something to take better care of myself.
What could you do right now that would satisfy the wisest part of yourself? Do it! DO IT!!
Here’s a list of possibilities to get you started:
- Take a full deep breath way down deep in to your belly and exhale more than you’ve ever exhaled before in your life
- Lie down for 60 seconds and just let yourself get heavy and sink in to the floor
- Give yourself an ear, hand or temple massage
- Pour a cup of tea and drink it really mindfully
- Get up and jump up and down and get your breath and blood moving
- Let a huge lion pose rip
Congrats to Mikelle Ivers
She won last week’s giveaway of the dreamy Fig and Desert Sage body scrub by The Body Deli. Here are the ways she connects to Mother Nature, even when life is nuts:
“I am blessed to live in Wyoming where I am not too far from either the forest or the desert and I can go visit them whenever I am feeling less grounded. In the interim I take walking breaks at work just to get outside for some sunshine. At home I rake or dig in a flower bed—it always feels so good.”
I had the distinct pleasure of being interviewed by fellow “tranquilista” Kimberly Wilson, author of Hip Tranquil Chick and yoga teacher, retreat leader, and entrepreneur extraordinaire. Check out the podcast here.
If you give a listen, please post a comment and tell them how much you loooooooooved it (or, you know, say whatever comes to mind).
Take care and keep breathing,