Conscious Living: LAUGH away the pain. An old saying I grew up hearing all the time, 'Laughter is the best form of medicine,' has actually been proven true. With natural laughter, our body releases endorphines which help relax muscle tension and alleviate pain. But seriously...who doesn't like a good laugh?! So laugh. Laugh fearlessly and without reservation. It is good for your health!
Conscious Living What are you doing to lead by example to TEACH your children the importance of living a healthy lifestyle. They learn through your actions.
Conscious Living: FLEXIBILITY, the ability to move freely and go with the flow.
I had a class years ago on world art and literature. In the studies of Japan, we were given an assignment of doing an ink art drawing with a written haiku. Strangly I have never forgotten that haiku, twenty years later. As a pisces, you would think I am a little more flexible than most, but it is one of my weaknesses I am learning to work on since moving to India.
Willows blowing to and fro
Move like willow or will break
Be like the willow
WOW, I am taken back by how many amazing messages I have already gotten about me getting back in the saddle to start writing again. I wasn't completely sure where this was going to lead. But after five days, the vision has become very clear.
Those who knew me back in the US, I am not the same person I was. I am changed. When I first moved to India, living in Ahmedabad, I knew it was making me a better person. I liked the transformation I was taking for myself. Then I moved to Mumbai and with that came divorce; I had moved to a place where I was actually told to 'stick to my own kind'. I had never in my life experience so many people who were mean and unpleasant to me without ever meeting me or spending five minutes talking to me since I had been in high school. To be honest, I had never in my life experience so many people who treated other people so badly for no reason at all. This city just about destroyed me.
"Why don't you have kids? You'd make an amazing mom." Do you know how many times I've heard this from people of all over the world. Only a couple have been able to recognize that I probably wouldn't make that great of a parent. I normally respond that I have so many people to look after that are like my children. I invest so much time and energy into looking after all my athlete's well being, it is hard enough to dedicate time into me, let alone someone else that I am responsible for keeping alive.
My work has been my life mission for years. Moving to India to help bring more education and change people's lives has been where I have dedicated my mission. But when you give give give, and people want to take take take; the only giving you receive from others is from those who want to take more. It is exhausting. Sometimes it is easy to loose balance and sight of taking care of oneself.
Six months have pasted since I did my last public event, and there is a reason for it. The Giving Tree couldn't give anymore. There was nothing she could GIVE. She needed to care of herself.