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Have you ever had a false start? You know those days when you have prepared to start a diet, take on a new hobby, or create new life practices.

At first you are really excited. You have made a decision on how you want to live your life and now all you have to do is start. The first hour may seem easy, and maybe the second hour, but by the end of Day 1 or maybe Week 1, reality sets in and you realize that whatever you are working on has a mind of it’s own. ūüôā

False starts are frustrating; so is falling off the wagon. I have done both and it never feels good. And yet, I believe that these realities are part of life (at least my life).¬†In order to be the best me, I need to face reality; I stumble sometimes. Just because I revert back to old ways, doesn’t mean I should never try again. Although it may mean that. Mostly it means that I need to get up, figure out the best way to maneuver to a better place, and then do what I have to do to get to where I want to go. Simply put, I need to refocus and do the holy work of putting my puzzle pieces

In ‘Sweet Darkness’, David Whyte says it best:

 anything or anyone
that does not bring you alive
is too small for you.

With this poem and specifically this verse as my guide, I am going to do what I have to do. I am going to take better care of myself. Anyone that has read my blog knows that I thrive on walking consciously in the world; I also need to write as I take each step of the journey.

Life does have a few too many storms; my nature is to see the rain as cleansing instead of the alternative. So, even if I have to dry a few tears, take time for moving in healthier directions, and creating time to write РI am EXACTLY where I need to be. I am living consciously and embracing  the aliveness that is who I am.

With love, light, and blessings,

PS – Keep your eyes open for my next blog series, Dance of Emergence: Amazon Woman is Born.

Raining Day - Time to Refocus - David Cooper March 6, 2016

Berkeley on a rainy day; Photo Courtesy of Rabbi David Cooper



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Note: I will be Counting the Omer for a total of 49 days, from Passover to Shavuot or from Slavery to Freedom. For many, this is simply the Counting the Omer; for others, it is a tool for exploring the kabbalistic teachings in an organized way. For me, it is a time to actively reflect on my Journey Towards Wholeness. The more I am whole, the more free I will become.  [http://t.co/dBPYjDxSGj . . . .]

Photo Courtesy of Randall Miller: Western Minnesota

Photo Courtesy of Randall Miller:
Western Minnesota

Honoring where I am as a human being is really important. With that in mind, My blog will invest the next block of time by looking at how I am trying to take care of my body more.  Since I only have one body and my intention is to spend the second half of my life doing more for my body (and spirit too). My hope is that you will be inspired to join me in this journey by joining me or creating your own plan.  (Note: I do not know exactly what each step will look like, so if you have an idea. . .share and perhaps I will follow. :))

As I was wrapping up last night’s Omer blog¬†http://t.co/KdoCoP9WB3, I became keenly aware that while it fabulous to move forward and heal from the tough experiences of the past, it is probably more important to remember that I have a precious vessel that needs some tending¬†too! Every one of us has a body that needs our love and care.

I know that I am not alone when I say that I have had a lot of false starts in caring for my body. I have worked towards making healthier life choices, moving more, eating better, and taking the time to breathe more deeply.  AND I have had long periods of time when I have been super at doing all that I need to do to be a healthier person; I have also had long periods of time when I have neglected my body (and my soul too).

On Saturday morning I wrote the following on Facebook, “Take time today & every day…..UNPLUG from the world & spend sometime with yourself!”

As soon as I posted that, I went outside and took an hour plus walk with the dog.  During that time, I chanted, I listened to the birds chirp, and felt the wind blow around the lake. Loveliness.  I unplugged and took time to move my body. Later I went for a long drive with my oldest son and spend the afternoon with my dear friends.  For those hours, I was essentially unplugged.  It felt nice, but I should have done a little better better at unplugging and being more present.

This morning when I took my morning walk, I left my phone behind. ¬†I did bring my son’s phone with me just in case I needed to reach someone in the event of an emergency. By not having my phone, I didn’t have the usual distractions of my smart phone. Again. . .loveliness. ¬†And this time, I pushed myself to walk a little farther and move a little faster.

Saying that it is time for me to¬†actively love my body and then doing the work is no joke.¬†If I don’t push myself to move with purpose/intention, I won’t have the opportunity to work my heart a little harder and to care for myself a little better. ¬†In order for me to have a healthy life, I have to exercise, eat right, sleep enough,¬†develop lasting relationships and do whatever it takes to care for myself in the best way possible. ¬†I am too awesome to lose sight of what I want in life.

I love life. I value the world around me. I adore my family and my friends. Taking care of me is a non-negotiable.

How about you? What are you doing to make sure that you are as healthy as possible? I’d love to hear.

With love, light, and blessings,

Body Image

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