(This post originally posted by me as a Mindful Step for our community at Life Advance International LLC with great response and I wanted to share it with you here)
You may have read that as "Give somebody some love" and yes, do that too. But, I'm talking about something a little different so keep reading.
If you're like me, sometimes our bodies just don't seem to be working the way they used to. I've had my moments in the past where I hated what my body was doing (or not doing) and I was so frustrated that I couldn't get it to listen to me. I was pretty demanding at times. Ever feel that way?
Ever feel like no matter what you do, your body has a mind of it's own? Ever feel not only sad and disappointed by the vehicle your soul is moving around in, but even pissed off at times?
If you are in that angry, frustrated state this Mindful Step will work wonders for you this week.
Even if you are getting along great with your body right now, you'll notice the positive impact of taking this step.
Your Mindful Step for this week:
Give your body some love!
Ever notice how hard you can be on your body? I remember when I was pregnant with my first baby and I was thinking "What the hell is going on here?" and I was upset that I couldn't do some of the things I was used to doing. I was pretty hard on my body, until it registered that I was making a baby inside of me!:-)
So... maybe you had a few words already with your body this morning. I bet they were not the most kind words. How critical and judgmental are you usually when you think about, look at or talk about your body? Pay attention this week and give your body some love every time you start to say something mean.
It will not only make you feel better and your body feel better, but it will also improve everything around you. Stop fighting with your body. It's a gift. Without it, you pretty much would be a puddle on the ground. And, how much fun would that be?
At a loss for how to love your body? Think about how compassionate, loving and patient you would be with a small child... or even your pet. For more inspiration, try the following:
· Say out loud what you are grateful for in regard to your body
· Thank your body for all it does to get you through your day
· Gift your body with a massage
· Gift your body with a bath or warm shower
· Ask your body what it needs (ok, sounds a little woo woo, but why not try it and see if you get a response)
· Drink water so your body feels hydrated and relaxed
· Sleep, rest or do yoga or anything else that allows your body to relax
This is only a short list. There are so many other ways to love your body and I would love to hear them. Share in the comments below!
Have a wonderful week!
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Sometimes we get so overwhelmed with doing that we forget to just "be." Why does this matter? It can make all the difference between feeling good and feeling terrible. Before taking care of everything that need to get done, get yourself "set up" to take action from a place that feels good!
Your Mindful Step for this week
1.Choose one quality you want more of in your life right now (joy? love? peace? fun? etc...).
2. Write it down and post it somewhere you will see in your morning routine AND/OR write it in your smart phone to pop up each morning when you wake up as a reminder.
3. Each morning this week, ask yourself "How can I bring a little bit more of this quality into my life today?"
Okay... I guess there are three steps in your Mindful Step this week, but setting up the reminder is a way to ensure you are set up to bring more of that good feeling quality into your life each day this week.
In your free ebook Rock Solid From the Bedroom to the Boardroom we talk about the importance of setting up your emotional integrity each day. Today's Mindful Step might just end up being part of your unique Integrity Setup.
As always... our goal is to provide you a simple step to practice each week that will help you bring a little more joy, love, hope, peace and fun into your life!
Let us know what quality you choose to boost this week by commenting on our FB Page (or better yet join us LIVE at 8:30am PT every Monday) and SHARE this Mindful Step with anyone you know who wants to feel just a little bit better now!
It’s still early in the New Year, but you may already feel like things are not changing. Especially in your relationships.
And you have no idea what to do to make all your relationships better.
With so much negativity and heartache, it sometimes feels like no matter what you do or no matter how hard you try, everything just stays the same… or gets worse.
So what can you do?
Change your mindset
What exactly do I mean by that?
Consider this. How many times at work or at home, do you wish and hope that someone else would just change?
Maybe you wish they would do something differently or talk to you in a different way?
Or, How often do you find yourself judging or blaming someone else for a disagreement, argument or even a fight? You might say nothing to them, but it is that internal voice saying “He’s so rude!” or “She’s so ridiculous” or “I hate him!” or so many other unkind words that keeps you spinning in this critical place.
If only they would change their bad habits or patterns, be nicer or kinder or more loving to you, then things would be better. Right?
Not really. They will probably continue being the way they have been in the past. And it won’t help to make all your relationships better.
Why does this thinking get you into trouble?
First of all, you have NO control over anyone else’s thoughts, words or actions. Second, because you have no control over anyone else, any and every time you start judging or blaming someone or just plain hoping or expecting them to act a certain way, you give all of your power away to them.
And that does not feel good.
Regain your Power
So, what is this #1 action you can take TODAY, to make all your relationships better?
Bring all your power back to you and realize and accept that it all starts with you!
What does this mean? (keep reading…)
(This article was orignially written for Live Purposefully Now)