A Shift of Perspective
Everything is interconnected. The more you explore and observe yourself in new places, situations, amongst new social circles ect. You begin to uncover parts of yourself you had no idea existed. Or in my case, I feel like I've started to remember my true "WHY" for doing the things that I do.
Let me start the story of where I'm currently at. After creating blog posts and weekly email posts for my online community I took an unintended break. Life got really really busy and I chose to put my attention on other things.
This break allowed me to walk outside the lines of what was becoming my habituated life pattern and allowed me to re-examine from afar what's going on in all fronts of my life, including this business.
My blog posts were feeling stale, and like repeated information that's everywhere on the internet. While they hold valuable information, they are only one small piece of the reason I care so much about living a healthy life.
So here goes my "why" and it is best explained in this quote by Martha Graham;
"There is a vitality, a life fore, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and THERE IS ONLY ONE OF YOU IN ALL TIME. This expression is unique, AND IF YOU BLOCK IT, it will never exist through any other medium, and be lost. The world will not have it.
It is not your business to determine how good it is, not how it compares with other expression. It is your business to keep it yours clearly and directly, keep the channel open. You have to keep open and aware directly to the urges that motivate you. KEEP THE CHANNEL OPEN. - Martha Graham
Beautiful isn't it?
Imagine a world where we learned to value each human being as whole, perfect and complete because there would only be ONE OF THEM IN ALL TIME. Would you change the way you treated yourself if this became your mantra?
Keeping the Channel Open:
This is my ultimate "Why". Why do we want to eat clean, exercise and meditate? Why do we want to keep our physique and our minds top notch? My reason is to keep the channel open. Allowing universal inspiration to fill my heart and guide my actions. This is, for me, the only thing that matters.
Yes, my ego rises to the surface of my mind, desiring a smaller waistline or "thigh gap". But that's minuscule to the intention of keeping the channel, my vessel open and ready to be in the world full out. To be healthy and present enough to not just go through the motions of my life but engage deeply with the outside world. To find joy in all things, even the tinniest thing, taking no time or action for granted.
How would your life change if you cared for your body and mind with the intention of making space for universal guidance?
How would your diet change with the intention of fueling yourself to take divine actions in the world?
How would your work out change with the intention of keeping your body not just fit but healthy on all fronts? Would you allow more time to stretch, or perhaps connect with your each and every movement? Would you approach your sweat session with gratitude for a healthy, working body rather than for the 300 calorie burn?
Would you take moments of silence to breath deep? Would you turn off the T.V. and go for a walk? Would you head to bed a little early to allow your body time to relax, the nervous system time to calm, the mind to slow down?
Would you say "no" to toxic things, situations and people? Would you take time off when you're sick despite wanting to power through?
Would your approach to life change?
I know mine would. And so would my approach to business.
This is why I'll be taking the rest of the summer off, to truly connect with my "why".
I hope you'll take a few moments to value the extraordinary, wonderful, unique being you are. A moment to reflect on your actions and how they would change to start to support your divine spirit functioning in physical form.
With a heart full of love and gratitude. I leave you to reflect...