I have always been conscious of the foods I eat. My exercise program. Regular cleansing. And surrounding myself with like minded folk who partake in the same lifestyle. Heck, I even work in the industry. For years, I have surrounded myself with nothing but the like. I have learned so much from my years of research on how the body moves, functions, and performs. I have developed such a keen awareness of the mind/body, specifically the gut/brain, connection and how things perceived on the outside are not always mirrored on the inside. I have learned, both from my work and from personal experience, that one can live a physically responsible lifestyle with nutritious foods and regular exercise and still have a void on the inside regarding their health. And when this happens, when we tire of the research, we tire of the expense of trying a new supplement, product, or procedure....when we tire of not feeling optimal and we are dragging our heels by mid day and simply feel there aren't any answers.....you have to know that it's time to change the direction of where you are going. You simply cannot get from here to there by driving on the same beaten path.
The question is, how do you get the results you are seeking if you don't keep plowing forward and grinding it out? This may sound like a paradox, but the answers lies in "letting go." Truly just letting go. If you think about all the time and energy you have put into fixing something regarding your body.....your digestion, your skin, your weight, your immune system....if you think about how all these situations have created so much more stress in your life and the seemingly get worse as time goes on, you will see that a pattern of worry, anxiety, and fear of the situation has created a worsening of the symptoms. I have seen it all too often with the clients I see daily.
We are brilliant at predicting outcomes before even taking action. If your focus is clearly zeroed in on a positive and productive outcome, that can work in your favor. But most of us have visions that are clouded with worry and "what-is-ism." We take what we see right now and project it into the outcome without clearing the path for a new course of action. We are so busy fixing our health, losing weight, and micro-managing our food, that we have forgotten to enjoy the process of getting there. And so it starts to feel like a forever process. Sometimes the process of reclaiming your health is a long one. There can be many challenges along the way because you didn't just get here over night.....and so you can't just get back there by the next morning.....there is a whole time frame in between here and there....but that doesn't mean it has to be painful and joyless. After all you don't read a book's introduction and its conclusion without reading the chapters in between....you wouldn't learn anything. If you pay close attention to the process, the chapters in between, you will see that the lesson is clearly written on those pages.
Slow down. Relax. Breathe. Read. Let Go.
It gets better. It gets easier. It gets more joyful......but not if you keep practicing the way you've been playing all these years. I relate to this so well and recently feel like I have been given the opportunity to change things up a bit; slightly navigate myself in a new direction, a new way of living out a really healthy lifestyle, and of developing a strong mind/body connection to always guide me. What once worked for me no longer does. Of course my goals in life have changed. So in order to see results for a new goal, there has to be a new game plan.
The mind/body connection is critical in seeing the results you want with your physical body. The grind can only last so long....but the mind.....it can go on forever.....So feed your mind as you feed your body. Pay attention to how you FEEL vs what is popular. Put the best of the best foods in your body. Exercise, sweat, run, lift, jazz it up......but meditate daily. The body will go wherever the mind takes it.......