I Resolve to be Kind to Myself Today

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Artist: Hieronymus Bosch (circa 1450–1516)
Title: The Temptation of Saint Anthony.
Date: between 1500 and 1525
Medium oil on oak panel
Dimensions Height: 73 cm (28.7 in). Width: 52.5 cm (20.7 in).
Current location: Prado Museum

I chose this painting of The Temptation of Saint Antony because in this painting, St Anthony looks peaceful and meditative. This artist has done many paintings of St Anthony with many different temptations, but in this one he looks like he is winning the struggle, not through resistance but by going inside himself and finding strength.

I’ve been struggling this week and have not had great success in sticking to my healthiest habits. I have been eating out a lot and was starting to feel out of control again. My house is looking disorganized. I’ve been eating things with sugar in the last few days, which has never been an issue for me. I skipped my yoga class on Monday night and yesterday I forgot to do my sadhana.

I also lost my spark streak for logging in and I can’t really figure out what’s going on. I think the only thing to do is to focus on my day. I am meeting a friend for lunch so I am making a vegetable soup in the pressure cooker to take with me. I’ll also make a salad to carry a long. Tonight is my early yoga class so I will make it a priority to make it there. On Monday night it was bitterly cold and I just really did not want to leave the house. It’s even colder today but it will still be light when it is time to go and I just find it easier to go out in the cold if it is daylight.

I did have to go to a wake this week and found out about it on Sunday. At my age, I can’t fall into old habits every time someone dies because I go to far more wakes than weddings.

Tomorrow I am going to an all-day seminar at the yoga school so hopefully I’ll be inspired enough to carry me through the rest of this bitter winter. I wish us both great success today and for the rest of the week. I am looking forward and treating myself with kindness by feeding myself nutritious food and moving my body. Nothing tastes as good as healthy feels.
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  • no profile photo CD7658463
    emoticon The photo reminds me of 6th grade when a teacher who loved art would bring in photos of the famous artists. We learned so many of them.

    2608 days ago
  • no profile photo CD13961612
    I like the painting! I hope you met your goals.
    2608 days ago
    Sorry about your loss - you can learn to eat healthier at a wake too - just takes a bit of planning
    2610 days ago
    I think that this winter's weather has pushed a lot of us off track, although that may be just another excuse...

    I have been struggling with the eating and tracking since about Halloween. However, I have managed to keep my water and exercise streaks going in spite of the bad eating. If I hadn't, I might be closing in on my starting weight...

    I like that you are making a plan to combat your situation. Go for it!!

    I need a better plan than the one I've been following -- right now it's just to hang on and not sabotage myself too badly until the weather warms up!!

    2610 days ago
  • no profile photo NYLAURA1
    Liz, sorry for your loss.
    If you rethink your week, you may find that you didn't do as poorly as you think. Try rephrasing in a positive way. I'm sure you kept up with some healthy habits.

    As for missing practice, maybe that will allow you to benefit even more from your workshop!
    2610 days ago
    I wonder if its the winter weather that has people slumping. I have found that you are not the only one slumping and craving sweets this past week.
    I love your interpretation of the painting and I especially love how you have decided to turn yourself around.

    2610 days ago
    Sorry that you been struggling lately but I did notice that you still made yourself available to go to the wake and to yoga school. So you are still in the race if you ask me and we've so much to be grateful for. How could we measure our greatest triumphs if we didn't have trials. You take the time and take care of yourself and the rest will fall into place.....

    God bless & keep you!

    2611 days ago
    I'm sorry to hear about loss of your friend. Yes, those sad life time event can really affect our emotional and healthy habit. Me too was doing great last week with my no sugar streak. But luck of preparation, one bad choice made me another bad choice. My streak has ended with only 7 day:( but I appreciate that you said" treating yourself with kindness and nutritional foods. I shall follow your shadow. Best wishes to both of us. emoticon emoticon
    2611 days ago

    Comment edited on: 2/26/2014 4:24:18 PM
    I loved your insights into the painting and into your own struggles. I am glad you can do a thoughtful analysis and turn things around. Yoga really does help and I am trying to add a little yoga back into my life. Somehow I got away from it, but I think it helps with stress and with flexibility emoticon emoticon
    2611 days ago
    Good insights about treating yourself with kindness ... I am glad you have Yoga to inspire and renew yourself. I come to the realization that life is Yin/Yang ... what is full must become empy and what is empty will eventually become full again. Interesting that St. Anthony is venerated all over the world as the Patron Saint for lost articles, and is credited with many miracles involving lost people, lost things and even lost spiritual knowing.

    Yes, I've been trying to go within more again ... it seems too, that I've lost my Spark and connecting link. Yesterday I treated myself to haircut, nails, a salted caramel latte before Sweet Adelines which helped shift my energy. This is what I felt called to do after a weekend of turning within.

    2611 days ago
    I know about this artist only because of a character in a mystery series that I read. Your interpretation is wonderful. I've always thought of his work as being dark and full of turmoil. I also like what you said about treating yourself with kindness and the way you plan to do that. I've been in a slump, too...for far too long, but I'm slowly digging myself out of it. Wishing you all the best, Jeannie
    2611 days ago
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