Beginning November 1st, I am making some changes – returning to the habits and practices that make me feel healthy and make me feel good about myself. Like many, I can sometimes “fall off the wagon” and I have to go through a period where I climb back on and start moving the wagon in the right direction. It’s tough being human, huh? So, here’s five changes I have in mind for the rest of 2013:
1) I’m committing to more yoga and meditation. This practice is the bedrock on which the rest of our “house” sits. Simply put, when I’m practicing I am able to enjoy life and deal with life’s unexpected challenges with gentle ease.
2) I’m going to buy and cook food that’s in harmony with the season. That means lots of roasted root vegetables, stews and soups. Yes, I’ll miss those evening forays into the kitchen for trail mix or a brew, but it will be easier if I’m not in front of the tube (see #4 below)
3) I’m going to spend less time on our computers, smart phones and tablets and more time connecting with Beth, my daughter and our friends. Like many, we have undergone a change in the last few years integrating email, social media and other forms of communication into our daily lives. I’ve made a personal commitment to leave Facebook until the end of the year with the exception of announcements pertaining to our businesses.
4) I’m removing the television from our bedroom and setting an intention to avoid binge-watching on Netflix and Hulu. In the last couple of months, I fell into the bad habit of watching TV and eating snacks there, too. For a bit, I was able to convince myself that I needed the downtime, but it turned into a habit that was doing me more harm than good.
5) I’m planning on practicing gratitude. In my journal, in conversation and on the mat I’m going to engage in speaking out loud how fortunate I am to be alive, to be with Beth and to enjoy the bounty of this planet.
I share this with all of you so that you may know that we all can lapse into a period where we disappoint ourselves. I think it’s natural, a part of a cycle that reminds me that I’m human, flawed and not so wise as I might think. And it makes me more grateful for those times when I am in sync and feeling especially wonderful. In other words, it’s all good.