I haven’t been inspired to write lately…or read…or teach…or much of anything. So I took a little break and did a lot of internal reflection. I discovered that I actually WANTED to do these things…but I wasn’t inspired to.
When I would try to think of what to write, I came up blank.
When I would try to think of what to teach (or even who to teach it to). I came up blank.
When I would tell myself to read something positive or inspiring, I couldn’t focus on it.
But I WANTED to.
So today I began a new day with a new outlook. I set a plan. I began a cleanse. I set my alarm and woke up early like I used to when I had a day job to go to. I reflected. I practiced some very gentle restorative yoga. I told my (yes…out loud while looking in the mirror) that I love myself.
Which also got me thinking.
Do I really? I tell myself that I love myself but do I really mean it?
If I think about others that I love and how I treat them…is that the same way I treat myself?
The things I say to myself (in my own head and with my body language and with the look on my face when I catch a glimpse of myself in the mirror)…are those the same things I would say to someone I love?
Oh my goodness no!
The way I think about myself. Is that the way I think about the people I love?
What about the way I nourish my body? The amount of alcohol I drink or the amount of water I take in or the kinds of food I nourish myself with…are those the same recommendations I would give to someone I love? What about the amount of sleep, the amount of stress I let in, the level of anxiety I keep or the degree and type of exercise I get? No. The list goes on and on and on. There are so, so many ways that I SHOW myself a lack of love that I would never show to someone I really love.
So…today is a new day. Today started early and it was met with a routine that I shall continue. My morning included oil pulling (if you’re not familiar, check it out), hot water with lemon (completely skipped the coffee), a new cleanse (a healthy one), fresh juice from my juicer, yoga, meditation, healthy breakfast and snack, lots of water and….
what followed was an inspiration to write this post. A smile that I forgot could exist for no apparent reason. A fun text conversation with my love. An inspiring and positive call from a friend.
Again…we’re talking about a list that goes on and on and on.
And I just started today.
I’m feeling very blessed and I don’t think it happened by accident. I firmly believe that blessing abound when we love ourselves. When we REALLY love ourselves. I believe we manifest the most amazing things when we take time to care for ourselves, pray, allow God to talk to us and when we notice and hear the sounds of the world.
Right now, I hear my dog lightly snoring, I hear children at the nearby grade school playing at recess. I hear Zen meditation music from Pandora. I hear birds (I don’t know if they’re outside or also on Pandora but it doesn’t matter…).
I hear love. I feel love. I feel energy (and by the way, for the first time in a very, very long time I also skipped the coffee this morning…Oh…wait…I said that already. But it’s a BIG deal for me!!). I feel a sense of direction…of purpose. And I feel inspired.
My wish for you today is that you feel some of this or more of it. And let me know if it makes you smile. I know today…it makes me smile.
And tomorrow will be more of the same.
Because it’s time to not just tell myself I love myself but to actually TREAT myself as I love myself.
Brigett (and everyone at Kahanu Yoga & Meditation Spa)