Just do it.

 

Many of my patients are weary. Most days I understand. These are tough and turbulent times. What is making this time in history different from other times? One thing I muse is that in this age of technology, we have so much available to us 24/7. We can access news, sports, information about anything and everything all the time. And we do. It is overstimulation. We are too tired most days for self- care.

There are many reasons to give up. There are many reasons to stay in the game. Picture one of those reasons right now. Stop reading to do this. Take a deep breath and exhale into the image.

Yesterday a patient asked me, “how do I get myself to do ______?”

I replied, ” how do you think you get yourself to do _______?”

She chuckled and said, “I just get up and do it!”

Yes, unfortunately and most fortunately it is that simple most of the time – we just have to do it – the thing that we say we want to do and keep falling short of accomplishing.

For me it is late night snacking.

For her it is taking a walk in the morning.

For you?

Some things are harder. Some things are out of our control. For today we can pick one thing that we can do and then we can do it.

I know. I know. This is not helpful because you already know it and it is helpful because you already know it.

Time to do it. Simple sentiments for complicated issues and stressful times.

Trust me. Even if you do not know me, I assure you, you will feel better. One small step today because today is all we have.

Just do it.

Let me know how it goes.

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Incrementality

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When INCREMENTALITY takes a trip he packs a big bag, knowing that it may be awhile before he gets where he is going. He likes to take the road less traveled so that he can breathe deeply, notice, and enjoy the journey.  He doesn’t usually wear a watch, choosing instead to go at the speed of the body.   Once, in the black of night, he got lost.  Instead of panicking, he just used tiny steps to retrace his path and led himself out of trouble.  “One step at a time” is the advice he can be heard giving anyone about anything.

Incrementality is one of twenty-one cards in the Interplay Inspiration deck created by Anita Bondi.  Each card has a symbol and a story to help you unlock the wisdom of your body and remind you that life doesn’t have to be so hard!

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This deck’s round cards and trendy tin packaging are easy to use and fun to carry around everywhere you go!

As you pick a card, feel free to be silly or serious. Have a practical question in your mind, a sacred intention in your heart, or a whimsical feeling in your body! After choosing your card, read the story on the back (unless it is a WHEEE! card), and then look up the card in the booklet. The story on the card will offer imagery and analogy. The text in the booklet will provide teachings on the particular principle from The InterPlay System (developed by Cynthia Winton-Henry and Phil Porter). The booklet will also invite you to “try this”, suggesting practical applications for your daily life. What are you waiting for, jump in!

Decks are sold at Wellspring Holistic Center or online.

Stillness

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When Stillness is around everyone has a different response.  Some people are able to relax instantly by her side, while others seem to squirm and wiggle, uncomfortable with her lack of movement.  She doesn’t have trouble with any of it.  In fact, she completely understands.  At one time she was a Type A personality who ran a Fortune 500 company.  She worked 16 hours a day, and rarely took a vacation.  When her sister was diagnosed with a serious illness, she stopped everything and went with her to a retreat center for a month of silence and meditation.  That changed her life.  Now stillness owns a small bookstore.  She reads, writes, naps, and has never been happier.

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Stillness is one of twenty-one cards in the Interplay Inspiration deck created by Anita Bondi.  Each card has a symbol and a story to help you unlock the wisdom of your body and remind you that life doesn’t have to be so hard!

inspiration-deck

This deck’s round cards and trendy tin packaging are easy to use and fun to carry around everywhere you go!

As you pick a card, feel free to be silly or serious. Have a practical question in your mind, a sacred intention in your heart, or a whimsical feeling in your body! After choosing your card, read the story on the back (unless it is a WHEEE! card), and then look up the card in the booklet. The story on the card will offer imagery and analogy. The text in the booklet will provide teachings on the particular principle from The InterPlay System (developed by Cynthia Winton-Henry and Phil Porter). The booklet will also invite you to “try this”, suggesting practical applications for your daily life. What are you waiting for, jump in!

Decks are sold at Wellspring Holistic Center or online.

Morning Inspiration

stillnessI like to get up early so that I can have time to be still, quiet, contemplative, and yes, so that I can make my lists!

I am a chronic list maker.

I admit to actually doing something “NOT” on my list and then going to my list to add it just so that I can cross it off.

There is some feeling of accomplishment and some sense of peace that comes over me when I go down my list and see all the things that I have done that day.

Here is the rub: lately I am also noticing the feeling of tightness and the sense of dis-ease that comes over me when I go down my list and see all the things that did not get done that day.

This has become a theme recently – the “not” getting done and the stress that I notice in my body.

With the computer age sitting heavy upon us, there is so much more to do. We have access to so many people or maybe better put, they have access to us.

I can’t keep up with everyone. I can’t read everyone’s blogs or Facebook posts or even respond to everyone’s emails or messages.

Well, I could but then I would not really be in my life – I would just be talking and writing about my life – and that is not living my life.

This is a problem that I am sure many of us are feeling and facing. What do you do?

I sure could use some help with this one.

Please share your wisdom as it helps all of us.

I always say to my students, ” make sure to ask your questions because if one of you is wondering, guaranteed others are as well.”

For me, I know it is a choice. I must choose me. This is the most difficult thing for me. I am a caregiver. I am a lover. I am a healer.

To care for myself. To love myself. To heal myself. This requires that I make space and time for the things that will keep me healthy and well on all levels.

I do different things on different days. Today, I am turning off the computer, reading a poem (this one from my brother, Gregory’s new book), and meditating for the next 20 minutes.

See you on the other side.

A snippet from the poem, Oneness

This morning I was a light socket again

Yesterday I was the clock on the wall

and the ticking of the time

Tomorrow who knows what I may become,

maybe a night bird

or a blade of grass

Holiday Helper – week six

Practice

Last night we had sleet and freezing rain and the temperature went from “no coat” to “scarf, hat, and coat” in about 2 hours.

I want to just curl up in a blank and sit by the fire but practice has me lacing up my sneakers and getting ready for a 4 mile

run.

Here is a simple but profound truth:

to change your life, you just need to change your practice (or practices).

Suppose you had some new practices to help you to overcome the old practices that are not working for you anymore?

The Holiday Helpers are a great start! New simple, accessible ways to begin to change your life. practiceblog

I am not kidding. It is truly that simple!

From the InterPlay Inspiration Deck we have the wisdom of the Goddess Practice:

When Practice gets a hold of you, watch out! She is a goddess and knows what is best for you. Practice believes in self-improvement through the power of daily affirmation and repetition. Every morning for six months she brought a beautiful amber colored mat to her best friend’s house to do Pilates because the friend wanted more strength and flexibility. Practice is committed and dedicated. She knows that to change your life, you just need to change your practice. And she is willing to take your hand and walk with you every step of the way.

Holiday Helper – week four

The InterPlay Inspiration Deck

The InterPlay Inspiration Deck

Well, the first holiday is almost upon us and I am feeling the ‘heat”. How about you?

Seemed like an excellent time to bring in Holiday Helper number four : Body Wisdom.

Over the course of our lives we accumulate lots of information and collect details and data about our lives: what we like and dislike, and what is expected of us versus what we want to do.

Much of the information that is stored in our bodies comes from outside sources: family, religion, society, etc.

It is our individual Body Wisdom, if we give ourselves a chance to access it, that can help us to discern what we truly want, need, and desire. We can separate from outside influences and begin to listen to the voice of our Body Wisdom.

In InterPlay we teach people to access their Body Wisdom and invite them to honor the truth the lives inside of them instead of constantly making decisions from old patterned responses and behaviors.

Try this:

See if you can notice what is giving you energy or joy these days. See if you can do a little more of that today.

Also notice the things that are draining your energy. Is there any way to shift those things or make a small change so that there is less stress and tension today?

Small steps are the way to handle anything!

We are in this together, so let’s bring in more JOY.