You know when you break a glass and all the shards go spraying everywhere? But if you recorded that and played it backwards and all of those pieces all of a sudden came back to while the glass is full of water again. That’s the same thing that happens to your mind with meditation. You are frazzled by 5.30pm in the afternoon. All the pieces are shattered everywhere, you can’t think, you can’t hold anything. You meditate for 29 minutes and the next thing you know everything becomes whole again. That’s why I love it so much! It allows space, it grounds me. @thebodybook@camerondiaz
Picking up where I left off in The weekly planner that could change your life and help you get shiz done, this post is about helping you plan your ‘self’ role and intentions.
If you’ve been following me for a while, you’ll know how much I believe in looking after yourself. To illustrate this, I like to tell a little story about an old and poor farmer who… killed his poor goose.
One of the main reasons I started this blog is very cliche. I want to be the change I want to see in this world, particularly in the schooling system. All day and every day, I bang on to students about contributing to our community, and creating their own opportunities to use their personal strengths and uniqueness to offer this world what no one else can but them.
A weekly planner empowers you to put first things first and gives you the freedom and flexibility to handle unexpected events, to shift appointments if you need to, to nurture relationships and deeply enjoy spontaneous experiences, knowing that you have organised your week to accomplish key goals in every area of your life. Stephen R. Covey.
Melissa Ambrossini introduced me to the idea of ‘expectations ruin relationships’. To me, it really solidifies the need to look after yourself, and to take ownership of building yourself up. It’s too big of a job to rely solely on someone else or other people to do it for you.
During my two week intensive yoga training course, I again learnt about anatomy and the amazing systems in the human body. I studied Biology and Psychology at school in Year 12, I studied Science and the human body again in beauty school, then went to university to major in Biology and Psychology, and I’ve been now teaching Science for two years in Secondary school. The human body and it’s amazing functions seems to be a common factor in most things that I involve myself in. AND I LOVE IT!!
I love the human body
I like to say that our bodies are smarter than us. Our bodies are so clever at keeping us alive, no matter what we throw at it without even thinking twice. We eat breaky and our amazing body turns that into energy. We get too hot and all these wonderful functions in our body happen to cool ourselves down, and when we have too much salt there are many intricate and complex systems that our kidney’s are responsible for to make sure we have just the right amount in our body.
Your body protects you, energizes you, heals you, as well as enables you to keep breathing a thinking.
Listen to your body
Knowing how to take care of our body is the most important information you can ever learn. And how we take care of it will determine how well you are able to live your life.
When we get symptoms of something, whether it be a sore throat, or a pimple or feeling sluggish, that is our bodies way of talking to us. The human body has been self healing for centuries, but in today’s day and age we tend to go for the quick fix. I can be a culprit of this, when I want something, I tend to want it right now! But instead of thinking about why we have a headache, it’s common to reach straight for the panadol. This is merely a temporary band aid that suppresses what the body is trying to communicate with you.
Positive body image is not finding a different way to look at the parts of you that you don’t like. It’s about loving yourself from the inside out
I recently listened to a lady speak about body image. What I found interesting about it was all the positive things she said about her body was derived from a negative thing. She kept picking out things about her body that she didn’t like, and then she would put a positive spin on it. She explained this as being positive body image. It got me thinking about what I think it means to have a healthy and positive body image.
I don’t think a healthy and positive body image is about ‘image’ at all
When you have an understanding and appreciation of the human body from the inside out, what it looks like doesn’t matter. Yes, you can lovingly dress your body, love your body and take care of it so it looks nice, but to do this with pure intentions is not superficial, but out of respect and appreciation for what our bodies do for us. It’s kinda like, ‘thanks body, you’ve scratched my back so I’ll scratch yours by making you look nice.’
I haven’t always had this perception, and I know all women will compare themselves to someone more thin, with better hair, more insti followers or better arms at some point in there lives. And as I wrote in ‘there are two sides to every coin‘, I think we need to feel this at some point to really appreciate the times of happiness and respect for our amazing human physique. It’s the same reason why winning feels so good… because losing SUCKS!!
When you understand how amazing, how incredible, how beautiful your body is, right now, right this very second, ‘image’ and how it looks is secondary. Love your body, and care for how it looks. But be aware of your intentions when you do… so, are you lovingly dressing yourself?
Featured image via @glam_dreams
I don’t think anyone would disagree with me when I say that people remember others by the way they made them feel, not by the words they chose to use. This quote has been around for aaaaages… and there is real truth behind it!
I’m here to tell you that the best way to make an impact on people, for better or worse (let’s hope for the latter), is to think about the place you are coming from when you chose your words. This, my friend, is the secret to doing less…
Louise Hay is my bist frind. I am so grateful that my mum bought me and my sisters her book when we were young, and I have grown up knowing that there is a connection between the way my body felt and the thoughts circulating my mind.
Food for thought… do you think we can know what happiness is or really appreciate it without experiencing times of being sad?
I recently listened to a podcast that featured Dr John Di Martini. He is a really interesting man and I suggest you google him if you haven’t already. In this podcast, he spoke about how there are always two sides to every coin. It really got me thinking, and for the life of me I can’t think of anything without an opposite…
Healthy relationships are central to our happiness. Full stop. It’s a basic human psychological need to have positive relationships in our lives to feel like we belong and have feelings of worthiness. In a sense, we all want the same things, because it’s in our DNA. Whether we like it or not, we all strive for love and connection with each other. So it only makes sense to have some strategies up our sleeves for when our relationships aren’t smooth sailing, and when we want more attention and productivity from the people around us. The secret is compassion, my friend.