Saturday, June 15, 2013
Whether you prefer the status quo
or run willy nilly to the next new
before the last has a chance to grow,
The changes we expect of ourselves are monumental.
This journey is major.
This is for a lifetime. Right?
We want a healthy future. Right?
Absolute change is tough. Right?
But we are just as tough. Tougher. Right?
We have the inner strength to figure this out,
To make the little changes and practice until, SURPRISE!
It's not so tough anymore.
All that tough work
Requires even more of us.
It demands us to be kind to ourselves . . .
to take time to realize and reward our efforts;
to take time for R, R, & R.
Yes, that's the usual Rest and Relaxation.
But that third R is the biggie. Rest and Relaxation are just a small part of REPLENISHMENT. The emotional and physical work requires we replenish our stores of energy and whatever that thing is that makes us get up every morning ready to face a new day; to tackle another day.
A good 8 hours of sleep does a lot to replenish your body, gives it time to clear out the things it doesn't need with every breath, every heartbeat.
And if we've given it the nutrients it needs, it repairs
If we've been doing strength training it joyfully makes new muscle
If we've been doing cardio type exercise, it is pulling out fat reservoirs for use as the energy we need for the next activity.
But what do we do to replenish our ability to get up and do it again another day? And another . . . again and again, making all those changes in spite of cravings, bad weather, life's demands, family . . . ?
Prayer, meditation, journaling, blogging, music, a creative expression of life, reading, a time away in a completely different place, asking support of a friend or loved one, and taking time to look in the mirror, and say, "I'm proud of you and what you are accomplishing!!" are all examples of the kind of things many of us do to replenish what I'm going to call spirit. Whatever we call it, we must make a conscious effort to nourish and replenish it so that we can move on to the next change.
What do you do to replenish your spirit?