If there’s one truth in life (besides death and taxes), it’s that, at some point or another, we all get in a slump. There will be days (or weeks…or months…or seasons…) where you will feel bored, stuck, and just plain unmotivated.
Ironic as it may seem, I find that comfort is one of the biggest reasons we can feel discontented. While a certain level of routine and predictability helps us thrive and retain control, too much routine can leave us bored and uninterested. Things are just too simple and unengaging.
When we think of mindfulness or the act of becoming more mindful, we are often consumed with notions of reclusive meditation, or hiking in pristine, outdoor spaces removed from the chaos and buzz of urban living. But if we had to go to that much trouble to actually practice mindfulness...
We don’t spend enough time outdoors! Unless you are an outdoor activity guide, the probability is that none of us get enough time outside. Even I get caught up in work and cooking and other activity that all pretty much takes place indoors. Which leads to less movement, less breathing of fresh air and less sunshine vitamins – what?
Let's face it. At this time, autoimmunity is not curable. We don't have the science figured out to reverse it 100% or declare a cure. So that leaves a lot of us with not only a diagnosis, but a lifetime disease. And while the work I do with myself and my clients is always moving toward remission, this can leave us with some heavy emotions to work through, especially in the throws of all the symptoms and the debilitating fatigue.
I was struck with a strong surge of emotions when I entered my private spa room. Love and of acceptance hit me like a wave when I stepped inside. You see, to be honest, I struggle with self care. I put others first before me every time. And while that is not a bad thing at times, when it's done day-in and day-out it can become relentless and difficult.