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Learning to Pay Attention

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Stop living life for what's around the corner and start enjoying the walk down the street.

- Grant L. Miller, motivational guru

This topic today made me think about my goofy leg, which still hurts today.

I was so excited to still lose 1.2 pounds last night. BUT, in my head, I went right to next week. How am I gonna work out around my leg, will I lose a point a day since I lost weight, how soon before I will see Onederland again. All these questions went thru my head.
NOT, Hey, I have now lost a little over 25 pounds, or good job Alice. No moment to enjoy victory, just an immediate venture into the roadblocks for the next week.

Mooosa,,,,,I know, probably spelled wrong. But it is what we used to tell each other at work when things were going crazy & someone was stressing. Relaaaax. It will be ok.

Maybe this hamstring giving me grief is my body's way of saying, HEY! Take it one step at a time. Pay Attention this time around, so you don't gain a bunch back again. See how the small, every day things I am doing is what will make the long term difference.

So, for today, I promise to appreciate the fact I am wearing pants I could not wear 2 months ago. I am playing golf without being wore out at the end of 9 holes. I am eating healthier, with more conciousness toward not only my own body's health, but the planet's.

In other words, I am going to enjoy my walk today & not worry about the destination.

Breathe my friends, that is the true essence of life. Be as gentle with yourselves as you would be with a good friend or loved family member.

Namaste (to myself as well)
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    Hey Alice.

    I pop in on SP occasionally to see how old friends are doing. So happy to see you are on the path.

    Having put on SO much weight when I broke my leg in early 2008 (went to my all-time high of 202.8), I have spent the last few years bouncing around in the 190's and occasionally the upper 180's. Finally, in the last 3 months, I am on a solid path down and just hit 179.

    One of the things I have realized, in retrospect, relates to what you are saying. Before, when I was in the lower 170's routinely, I wasted every minute by wishing I was in the 160's. NO appreciation for where I was at. Having then put back on so much weight I promised myself that if I could get a handle on it, I would rejoice in every single stage I was in. Regardless! And I have. I am THRILLED to be 179. I praised myself when I was 189.

    I am right there with you girl. Enjoy every step of the journey and don't lose the value of the moment by having your head tied up in some future, unrealized moment.

    Keep up the great work. Sending healing energy to your leg.
    2588 days ago
    Namaste indeed. Those are truly valuable insights!

    My spiritual teacher advises us to live in the golden present. So much fear and overwhelm can vanish just by reminding ourselves of that one concept.

    2590 days ago
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