P is for… preparation is the best place to start when it comes to achieving anything. In this case the preparation I’m referring to is the preparation of self. In Wholly Grail terms this means ensuring that the proverbial cup is full so that it may fuel your journey and further more, overflow to help others in theirs.
On Monday I introduced you to the “Symbol of My Success” which takes the form of a pear tree bearing one singular fruit. This fruit represents my ultimate goal in life and its re-emergence in my psyche shows that its time to add momentum to that dream and that this is the perfect time to take guided steps towards achieving it… but am I prepared?
Principle 6: I AM Self-Full is a concept which follows the rule of fulfilling your own needs first. This attitude seems alien to many because we associate this idea with being selfish, especially if we are carers for others, this includes mums, dads, nurses, doctors, teachers, kids with elderly or infirm parents, even pet owners… most of us in fact have to care for others in some way, at some point during our lives… this is a good thing: inter-relating is the primary trigger for human development and besides, life would be tragic if we didn’t care for and about each other, but this alien concept of me-before-you has us feeling guilty for taking a moment for ourselves to care about the greatest asset you possess: your body, mind and spirit… the component parts that make up this particular incarnation of you.
Preparation this week includes taking a look at the obstacles between you and your goal that exist within you and then making a plan and taking action to address each one… here’s what I mean :
If it’s yourself to run a marathon but you are overweight and seriously unfit and have never run even for a bus, then you need to get on a healthy eating plan and start with some gentle stretches and supervised cardio, right?
If you have a passion for interior design and want to decorate your home (or someone else’s) but you can’t climb a ladder or hold your arms above your head long enough to hang wallpaper then you better take up yoga to improve strength, flexibility and balance… makes sense.
If your dream is to become a mum then you need to make sure your body is in tip top shape not just for the strain that pregnancy will put you under but also for the sleepless nights to come and the endless games of hidee- boo and piggyback you’ll be playing after that!
These are only examples of physical preparation for your journey, later we can discuss the mental and emotional steps to Self-Full Living, for today though, just ask yourself: “Is it just a dream or am I willing to take the necessary steps to bring it to life?” And then ask: “Am I physically capable of the task?”
The answer “no” should be an indication of the next step on your path…
More later… x