I’m fascinated with why anyone would want to track their sleeping habits. Do you really need an app or device to tell you that you slept poorly last night? Great, now you have one more thing to worry about all day long- you become concerned about personal achievement even in sleep.
Do you need something to measure your activity level?
I sit at my desk all day = inactive
I take time to exercise = active
There are heart rate monitors and all sorts of gadgets I could buy, but I feel pretty well connected to my heart beat. I want to encourage you to pay real attention to yours. It is a powerful indicator for what is right for you, what you feel passionate about, or what scares you. If you’re interested in whether or not you’re in your “fat burning” zone, I’m pretty sure you can figure that out too. Sitting on the couch is not fat burning. Unsurprisingly, movement is.
Take back control of your life by taking back control of your internal cues.
When you feel tired, rest. When you feel hungry, eat. When you feel too sedentary, it means you’re being too sedentary.
We are already very disconnected from all the internal signals that would lead us to a more gratifying and peaceful life. Log off and go inward.
You’re about to be bombarded with paper hearts, red roses, rom-com movie releases and Hallmark cards.
I love flowers but there is nothing less personal than getting flowers on Valentine’s Day (you’re off the hook again Scott). Spontaneous displays of affection are way more meaningful.
Send me flowers when I least expect them or when I really need them. Anyone had a tough day lately? Wouldn’t it have been great to have gotten some flowers then?
You can do this too. Put your priorities back at the top of your list. What is important to you? Who is important to you? Does that person know how you feel?
Unsolicited TLC is the best kind. Thank you to the people who surprise us with unexpected visits, flowers, thoughtful notes, but most importantly for their ability to see and hear us. Sometimes what we need most is a sympathetic ear, one that is one hundred percent advice free. We cherish the opportunity to share something or get something off our chests.
The work never ends, and time never comes back.
Relationships don’t dissolve over night. The end begins with the neglect of the self.
Feeling burdened, stressed and burnt out doesn’t foster loving feelings.
You’re more likely to feel like telling your loved one to go solve their own darn problems than being a supportive partner.
Your capacity to love others is limited by your capacity to love yourself.
Self care is fully in your hands.
If you’re not caring for yourself, you can never be fully receptive.
Check in this Valentine’s Day and see if you might need to fall in love with yourself.
Today, I attended one of Seane Corn’s workshops that was new to me, “Yoga for a Broken Heart.”
What touched me most was how this workshop came about. Seane’s father, who has now passed, asked her to teach this class within six months of his death to help her process her grief and to learn how to help others process theirs. We’re talking about all kinds of grief here, from heartache to loss.
The workshop was as emotional as you would expect it to be from the title. Just as we were all reaching for more and more kleenex, Seane reminded us that the pain/grief we were all feeling is only as big as it is because we were lucky enough to have loved that big.
It is key to stay present with your emotions and not disassociate from them because grief will build up inside you. Our unprocessed emotions can manifest as anxiety, depression, stress related illness and can fuel our addictions.
Thankfully, the gift of yoga and the guidance of wise teachers like Seane, can help us feel the grief and move back to love.
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