Why is it that we avoid doing things that we know are good for us? It’s been a year since I hired my own coach and one of my goals at that time was to add meditation to my day. And that’s been really really hard. I can make all of the excuses about not finding time, or there is not a quiet space for me to do it, or I don’t know how to do it. The truth is I get in the way of doing it.
The last few weeks have been very busy and a wee bit stressful as I’ve prepared for a conference, a training session, workshops, added new clients, continuing to take training and personal growth on top of being a mom and a wife. And the stress has really taken a toll on my body. I’ve noticed this increased tension in my shoulders and more headaches. I’ve become reminded once again that it’s important for me to add something to my life that helps to reduce stress and bring me back to a place of consciousness and presence.
As I’ve started meditating a little bit over the last few weeks, I’ve recognized how important it is and of course I’ve been surprised that I resisted for so long. Simply adding 10 minutes of mediation in the morning or in the evening has had significant impact on my ability to relax and slow down. It has had an amazing bonus ability to have my mind quiet enough to become creative in what I am doing and what I am working on. When I do it, I am more relaxed in my relationships and I love the feeling of just being!
When you put up walls to things you know are good for you and things you know you should be doing, like going for walks, having a little bit healthier snack, meditating, getting a massage or journaling, I invite you to question yourself. Question why you resist all of those little things that we often call self care things. The things that you struggle to do and yet you know you should do and you know are good for you. The things that in the long run you know will make your life easier. Stop and question what the purpose is in putting up those roadblocks and putting up the barriers. Why are you making the excuses? Then, pick up those barriers and move them out of the way. They are not as heavy as you think, you assume or you make up that they are. And if you do find they are a little bit heavier, ask someone for help to move them, because in the end when you know what is good for you, you are pretty smart and are probably right! It is good for you.
p.s. Its not so bad to ask for help either. Thanks Ernie for helping me to move some of my roadblocks!
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