Om Shanti Om ~ peace in body, peace in mind, peace in spirit
When you think of peace, what comes to mind? Is it reading a book and allowing your imagination to transport you to another time and place? Is it sitting outside on your deck and listening to the birds sing? Is it taking a walk in the forest and reflecting on what you are grateful for? Or is it entirely something else?
I believe carving out a space for peace during our day is as important as drinking water, providing nourishment to our bodies, or having a good night’s sleep.
It is necessary to have space for the mind to rest…to consciously allow thoughts to pass by without a need to judge them or change them. This is the practice of mindfulness and while its benefits are extensive it only matters if we can identify a personal benefit. For this is when we commit…this is when we embrace an idea…this is when we change our behavior.
Lately, I have been resisting renewing my gym routine. I have a long list of reasons for the delay, and I can…in my mind…eloquently justify them. Yet when I sit here and honestly reflect, they are merely excuses I spew to justify my behavior. The reason is actually quite simple…I am afraid. In truth, whenever I have resistance in any form, I am afraid. Consequently, each time this happens it is an opportunity for me to determine how I am going to show up in my life.
Because, at the end of the day the only person that cares how I show up is me.
When I look in the mirror, as I brush my teeth, what do I see? Do I see a woman whose eyes are open wide, and the smell of fear emanates from every pore? Or do I see a woman at peace…confident…whole…. complete? I get to choose who I want to see in the mirror. I get to ask a friend if I need help. I get to celebrate my successes. I get to embrace my journey to becoming the best version of me.
Life is full of twists and turns, missing the mark and hitting the bull’s eye, gains and losses. And as long as I continue to offer grace to myself and my fellow travelers, it will be ok…I will be ok…because I continue to seek peace in body, peace in mind, and peace in spirit.
By the way, I went to the gym this morning.
From my heart to yours,
Dayton ~ the holistic wellness coach