Sunday, September 14, 2014
In the Sparkpeople article Mind Over Body there is one of ten steps which speaks of two voices. There is one voice that we hear which speaks quietly before we go off our eating and exercise plan. There is another loud voice which we hear after we "blow it". The first voice can be missed because it is quiet, non condemning, encouraging but not pushy. It invites doing something different in the moment but doesn't insist. The second voice is condemning, loud, cruel, pushy and predicts doom. The illuminating part of the article was that we can train ourselves to hear the first voice. Last night I was tired. I went to the fridge to look for a pick-me-up and heard the voice say, "Can you skip this snack?' Huh?, I stopped, I thought, I shut the door and left the room. Wow, what a great voice. Not bossy, not demanding, quietly confident, and helpful. I like this voice. Sweet but not artificially saccharine like a parent saying with a smile, "you don't really want that do you?" I am adding listening for this voice as one of my daily goals. For the first time I am now aware of having an internal advocate. It is great to learn to be on my own side.