Thursday, January 19, 2012

What We Want Most.

What we want most seems to be different…

Some of us want to lose weight, to be healthier and happier.

Some of us want to look in the mirror and love our body despite its imperfections.

Some of us want live a consistent healthy lifestyle aligned with our beliefs and values.

What we want may seem different but the truth is, we all want the same thing.

We want FREEDOM.

We want our relationships with our bodies to be easy, joyful & effortless.  We are imprisoned by countless time spent figuring it out, trying something new, beating our self up, and then beating ourselves up again because we beat our self up in the first place.  The energy invested in the struggle seems wasted- we can only imagine what we could do with it- if it didn’t get used up in vain. 

With the new year- most health and fitness businesses are offering programs designed to help you get what you want. They may challenge you to lose weight, or give up sugar, or adopt a new way of eating. 

Here is what I know:  In order to get what you want- you must first get what you want most….Freedom.  I too have a challenge for you.

I challenge you to do nothing.

For just one week…

….eat what you want.
… move when you want to, rest when you don’t
….think and feel whatever it is that you do. 

There is one thing that you have to do.

 You have to pay attention. 

Pay attention to how your body feels, how it reacts to what you choose.   Notice your thoughts and your emotions, without attempting to change them or discount them.

Stepping back and getting curious seems like nothing- but trust me it’s HUGE.    

After one week- you can go back to how you have been doing things all along.  What do you really have to lose?  Why not give it a try?


"To pay attention, this is our endless and proper work." -Mary Oliver

3 comments:

Nicole Johns said...

I am working really hard on being present and listening to my inner voice- not the naggy negative one but the loving, peaceful voice. It's harder than people might think, but it is so worth it. I have been enjoying the day-to-day stuff of life more and not getting so twisted up about chores, or the kids' behavior, or what I'm going to wear to work. Just trying to be here and let life flow. It flows into food, exercise, resting, life. Thanks for putting this challenge out there. I think it will kick start a lot of happiness.

AllieNic @Frisky Lemon said...

Great post!

Letting go for a week can be really scary, but totally worth it.

Thanks for sharing this!

Stephanie Vincent said...

YES to enjoying the day to day more!

YES to letting go!!

YES! YES! YES!

Thanks Nicole and Allie Nic!