What to do when everywhere you turn, something is pulling you off track...
The way I see it there are two ways that we grow and evolve.
The first, we experience a dramatic event in our lives that forces us to tap into strength we often don’t know that we have. When we make it through to the other side, it may feel as though our entire body and mind have been reorganized in response to who we have become.
The second, we choose the challenges we want to take on, often irresistibly drawn to them or responding to the voice in our heart that tells us this is something we need to do. We make a commitment, and depending on the depth of that commitment and the strength of desire and emotion behind it, we follow it through and ALLOW it to alter us.
One of my favorite quotes of all time is from Emily Bronte, in Wuthering Heights.
“I’ve dreamt in my life dreams that have stayed with me ever after, and changed my ideas: they’ve gone through and through me, like wine through water, and altered the color of my mind.”
For those challenges that we choose, they take us off the well-trodden path. As much as people claim that they want change, those that truly commit to change are very, very, few.
Health is no different. A commitment to extraordinary health and vitality pulls you off the beaten path. It requires you to constantly evolve. It requires you to (perhaps for the first time ever) acknowledge that your body has an inner wisdom. That it is designed, in fact it is destined, to thrive.
My commitment to health informs all the rest of my choices and the structure of my life. I develop my health as a daily practice, and support my commitment by allotting a portion of my time and resources to its evolution. I give it respect. But I do this because I understand what I want, what the payoff is for this level of commitment.
I experience clarity and peace that are certainly not societies level of normal.
I experience a level of energy that can take me anywhere, and do anything, that I desire.
I experience freedom from the many health complaints from which I used to suffer.
I look forward to life with excitement, because I know it will be long and strong.
I expect more from myself and my life because I know my body can take me there, to the best experience possible.
And this awareness is what brings me back to center every time I allow food or lifestyle habits that don't support me to creep back in. It brings up emotions of fierce protectiveness of my own best life. It leads me to speak and act in new ways—it promotes my evolution.
Last week I posted a new video that also talks about how communicating this to others is an essential part of self-respect. You can view the 4-minute video below.
Now it's your turn. Share in the comments one practice you currently have in your life that brings you the greatest payoff in health, joy, or financial success!