Mundane: My run was rained out yesterday and today. I don't run
in the rain because I don't want to run (pardon the pun. ) risk of falling. Its very hilly where I live and I have had several broken bones. So, instead today is Liquid Grooves with Petra Kolber.
Blog topic: Sometimes we harbor old thoughts and habits as though they were the end all be all. Just because we are aware of a thought in our minds does not necessarily mean that we agree with it, its just a series of neuronal firings that produce a phenomenon known as a thought. Its a twitch.
I realized this morning that I was experiencing a common feeling: I don't want to workout. And then I thought, 'Well, why
not? I like these workouts, I bought them. I have done them before, they were fun. So why would I wait to the last minute to workout? Just what is up with
me???' I realized that maybe its an old bad association with exercise from my childhood or that it was an old set of experiences I had in the beginning, when its hard to exercise (it happens to everyone btw. it takes time to condition ourselves, its not an over
night thing.) But, the most important realization was: I didn't really want
to skip my workout or even put it off, that was just an old habit that I could change. I don't have to live life on auto pilot.
That lead me to the next thought: what other habits have I been blindly following that I don't really need or don't even really care about? Why should I eat
when others do? Why should I watch telly before bed instead of doing yoga? Why should I eat
commercial food, just because the ads tell me so? Why??? Why? Why??? Why should I go to a movie
theater and eat popcorn
? Just because everybody else is?? Why should I eat cake
on my birthday? Why should I crave
chocolate? What if I don't??? What if chocolate
doesn't actually make me feel better after all??? What if Arby's isn't my 'Good Mood Food' what if its a green smoothie?? What if my idea of a good time is a
run on a trail
? What if its not promiscuous sex? What if my idea of a good time is Sparking????? What then? What then world
??? What if my idea of fun is reading
a science journal and skipping the purely fiction? Why should a made up life be a substitute for a real life? What if I don't believe that a set of exams
and exclusive schools is a credible source of value? What if I don't believe them?
What if all those thoughts of anxiety, depression, fear, borrowing trouble: what if its all a lie? What if everyone of those is a gift from the advertising and marketing industry to sow the seeds of self doubt so that we are desperate to find a way to fill it with things? Things
and alcohol and fantasy stories. What if thats not life at all?
What if?????? What if going outside
was the best medicine and it was free? What if the cure for what ails us is a doggy
lick? (it might be for allergies.)
What if exercise
was a better treatment for depression? It is.
What if meditation
was a better treatment for PTSD? It is.
What if a bath was a better treatment for anxiety? It is when you add lavender.
What if a glass
of water cured headaches? It is when the cause is dehydration.
What if the treatment for a hot flash was an ice pack? It can be if applied to the back of the neck.
What if the treatment for obesity was not a diet food, but rather what you don't eat? Try skipping all commercially prepared foods for a week, come back and tell me what happened, I bet you will see improvement.