In the last week alone I’ve done the following:
- Consistently eaten far more sugar than what feels good to my body
- Procrastinated and rationalized my way out of yoga class three times
- Found it mind-numbingly exhausting to empty my dishwasher
- Stayed up past midnight a handful of times
- Watched an obscene amount of reality TV
What’s my point in sharing all of this with you?
- I want you to know that while I am committed to walking my talk, I slip up and get off track too.
- I want you to know that you are not alone in your struggle of ‘getting yourself to do what you know you should do’.
- And mostly, I want you to know that I am walking the same path toward self-care and self-acceptance with you.
How we spend our time, the rituals we create in our life, and our journey toward a more productive and peaceful existence is fundamentally about owning our truth and accepting who we are.
It isn’t an easy journey – this path toward acceptance and love.
Diving into our own truth takes courage. We have to be vulnerable. We have to stretch beyond comfort and live with uncertainty.
But there is one very critical element that has softened and expanded the experience for me – and transformed my ability to persevere when I get off track.
It has given me the space and permission to not only stay the course, but to actually enjoy the process and be more patient with myself.
It is this: To not withhold love from myself when I fall short of my own expectations.
To offer myself warm-hearted appreciation and compassion for exactly where I am on my journey. To allow this moment to be as it is.
And this compassion has allowed me in the last week to:
- Shift from black tea back down to green tea
- Stick to a mini-detox using apple cider vinegar, coconut oil, and baking soda
- Finish a great book on healing modalities and start another
- Move 3 ‘extra’ projects off my list that feel amazing to have completed
If I kept my focus on what I was doing “wrong” I leave no room to recognize – or create – my successes.
There is a general fear that when we love ourselves for falling down, we will just fall down more. I have found that the opposite is true.
Give it a whirl and see for yourself.
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