Archive for the ‘Health and Wellness’ category

Summertime

July 31, 2009

Summer is here and in full swing.  The urge to sit back, relax and do nothing is strong.  Yet I have many things that I need to DO.

I have to admit, I have never liked working in the summer.  It probably stems from when my kids were home and I found the summer was a time to connect with them, relax and enjoy the summertime pace.  Once school started back in September there was a lot of craziness in trying to balance their school, my work, extracurricular activities, driving them everywhere all the while trying to stay fit, healthy, relaxed and NICE.  Even now that my children are grown and out of the house, the relaxed pace of summer is nice.  There is more sunshine, longer days, and fitness and staying healthy are easier to achieve because it just is.  I love to golf, swim, hike, hang out by the pool, go to the lake etc. The TV is never on in our house and life is all about being and staying healthy.

I was reflecting last week that too much of my life revolves around “DOING”.  I feel a constant nagging at me to do this, do that, run here, run there – staying on the constant never ending treadmill we call life.  My life this summer has been a conflict between the doing and the being.  I notice that my moments of brilliance have come from “BEING” in my life. I know I have many things to do, however my writing, my joy and my inspiration have come from hanging out with friends,  family and mostly myself.  My greatest connection to myself has come when I allow myself to “BE”.  When I give myself permission to trust that I will get the impulse to take INSPIRED ACTION when the time is right, I no longer need to stress about “getting things done”.

What is INSPIRED ACTION? For me it means that I do only that which I feel inspired to do.  When I set the intention that I want to achieve a certain goal by a certain time and then “let it go”, it is amazing how the steps unfold easily and effortlessly.  When I force myself to take action, alot of this action comes from a “should” mind set and getting the job done takes much longer and in my mind is not nearly as good.

For example, I started writing this blog several times because I knew I wanted to get one written this week as I am going on holidays next week.  Lately I have not wanted to be in front of a computer writing blogs, I want to be outside enjoying the beautiful summer weather.  However, tonight, my husband and I went out for a lovely dinner with friends, had some great conversation, enjoyed some good food and some good wine and really connected with them on their journey through life.  When I got home, I felt the impulse to write this blog about my challenges with always “doing” what is expected of me instead of “BEING” in my moments and in my life NOW.  As I reflect on the challenges of developing the content for my new website, meeting deadlines (self-imposed) and being in integrity with what I believe I realize that once again, I AM DEVELOPING DEEPER AWARENESS of how I want to be in my life.  Only through this awareness can I change and grow.

So off I go now to enjoy some well deserved time off with my husband and youngest daughter. I feel so blessed to have them in my life and look forward to being with them for the next week.  While we are away, I am giving myself full permission to not think about work, content development, clients, workshops, writing my book or anything related to my work. However, what I know is that I love what I do and I am constantly being inspired by my day to day moments – so you may find me with a pen and paper scrolling notes while catching a few rays of sunshine at the lake.   This will truly be “inspired action”.
Take care all, enjoy next week and I will blog with you the week of August 11th.

Happy Summer

Gerrianne

Conscious Eating

July 9, 2009

I woke up this morning and realized I have been in a bit of a fog.  I have been working hard getting content developed for my new website being launched in August, writing newsletters, recording podcasts etc.  I have been getting an amazing amount done but yet somehow I have been feeling a little disconnected.

One of the sure ways I know that I am disconnected with me is when I  eat unconsciously

I have had several meals lately in front of the computer or standing at the kitchen counter.  There have been times in the past week where I have eaten my entire meal without realizing it and I have not tasted a thing. Last night, I made a bowl of popcorn and added lots of butter and proceeded to eat the whole thing in record time while watching TV.  I could not believe it when I noticed it was all done. I went to bed not feeling great.  When I woke up this morning I really woke up i.e. became conscious of my disconnection to myself.

What do I really want – I want to have a great relationship with my body and make a conscious decision when I eat to be in relationship with the food I am eating, be conscious of the act of eating and know that I am eating foods that are the best for me

In this moment: What can I do right now – Breathe and be gentle on myself.  I want to acknowledge what I have been doing well – I have been eating gluten free for the past three weeks without difficulty, I am drinking more water, I stopped eating those potatoes the other night (that does not happen often), and I have cut back on caffeine. There have been many other positive things as well.

In this moment: What do I notice?  – I notice that when I recognize my eating is not what I would like it to be, I start to beat myself up and notice all that I don’t do.  However, when I start to list what I do well, I acknowledge myself,  and feel more connected with my humanness.  Many of my eating habits are just that, habits that I am changing over time.  What I do know is that I am much more conscious of what I am eating and when I am eating than I have ever been before

For years, my relationship with food was very unhealthy.  I would always be on the lookout for pastries, breads, desserts etc. and I realized I would go to food to stuff my feelings and avoid being real.  I would either be in overload with food or would deny myself what I wanted.  I was obsessed with my weight and focused on what I should not eat vs what I wanted to eat. When I look back on the way I used to be with food and how I am now (most of the time), I see how far I have come in my quest to eat more consciously.  As I shed my old habits, and shift my beliefs about my relationship with food, I am amazed how much better I feel.

The biggest part of conscious eating is relationship with yourself. Spend time in appreciation of your body and all it does for you. Nurture it and be kind. After all, it has taken you this far and you need it to be there for the duration.

Take care all and I will blog with you later.

Gerrianne

Good morning Body!!!

June 29, 2009

How many days do you jump (or stumble) out of bed, thinking about what you have to get done in one/two or three hours from NOW?  You head into the shower and the list of things you need to do is running like a ticker tape through your head.  From there, you grab your coffee, read the paper, feed the dog, get the kids up and out the door and before you know it you are in the car, heading off to work and you are wondering how you got there.

If you can relate to this scenario you are not alone. Thousands of people each and every day operate by remote control, going through the same routine morning after morning.  Do you ever stop and say – “Good morning” to your body. Think about it, our body gets us out of bed, processes all of the lists we need to complete in the day, digests our food, beats our heart, breathes air into our lungs, activates our muscles, maneuvers us throughout the day as well as thousands of other activities.  Yet somehow with all of this great work our body does for us, we neglect it, don’t listen to it and actually abuse it.  Is it any wonder our bodies are breaking down.

Lately I have started to pay attention to the relationship I have with my body.  I have known for years that I do not feel great when I eat and drink certain things yet, I consume them anyway.  I know how much better I feel when I stretch in the morning, meditate, do some exercise, etc. yet, I find other things to do instead.

What I have come to realize is that if our friends treated us like we treat our bodies, we would have ditched our friends long ago.  Think about it.  If your friend said, “I don’t care that you don’t like it when I do this, I am going to do it anyway” or “I don’t care that you feel better when I do this, I don’t have time to do that as other things are much more important”.  How would you feel?  Would you stick around? No wonder our bodies are protesting and breaking down.

The purpose of this blog is not to make you feel guilty.  There is way too much of that in the world and guilt is just our minds way of making us feel bad.  So what can you do to start to build a better relationship with your body.

Take a deep breath

Notice the sensations that are running through your body

Take another deep breath

Feel your body in this moment in time

Take another deep breath

Say hi! to your body and say thank you!

My hope is that when you read this you begin to develop awareness of your body and how amazing it is. There may be days when you are angry and frustrated at it because it is not there for you the way you need.  On other days, you may be scared that you have neglected it for too long and now are suffering the consequences and cannot undo the damage.  And on other days, you may wonder how come your body is still there for you, even though you have always taken it for granted.  Think of your body as your friend and ask yourself how you would treat a friend?  If you have been out of relationship with it, ask yourself, what can I do NOW to begin to rebuild my relationship with my body.

Remember: The breath is the most underutilized tool we have to connect us with our body. Use it daily and use it often.  Let me know how you do.

Blog with you later,

Gerrianne