My posts have been a little haphazard and Ad hoc the last couple of weeks having been thrown into an uncomfortable situation where home has become an uncertain future, flowers don’t enjoy being uprooted. Whilst that stress continues though, I have been consciously emptying the sacred chalice, my metaphorical Grail cup, and so this then has become for me a lesson in wellness.
Let me paint a little picture for you… I’m writing this whilst wrapped up in bed having come down with some lurg or other and feeling a little bit grotty, knowing full well that my levels of stress over the last couple of weeks have depleted my immunity and my natural resilience to microscopic airborne assailants rendering me susceptible to this current virus… but the worst thing is knowing I got there consciously, knowingly, giving it full permission.
Why would anybody consciously empty the sacred chalice?
Principle 6: I AM Self-Full is multifaceted but it’s primary duty is taking care of one’s physical needs and well-being… when stressful situations arise and we launch into a natural tendency towards crisis management, we often forget that our primary home is the body we live in and its needs become secondary to whatever else it is we are prioritising.
When I say consciously, what I mean is that at a regular points during the on going drama, I have spoken out loud to friends and loved ones, “I need to stop eating crap,” “my muscles are in knots,” and a flurry of other acknowledgements to my growing discomfort and self neglect, but no sooner had the issue been recognised and acknowledged than I had substituted a fast fix that I knew would get me past the immediate need but ultimately put me in this bed!
So early this week I wrote about “Just One Thing.” I’m adding this as an appendix: “…but not at the expense of your health.”
Principle 6, Things to remember:
- Self-Full means eating nutritious, life enhancing foods (lay off the starch, fat and sugar).
- Self-Full means regulating sleep patterns (not surfing property listings at 3am).
- Self-Full means exercising (especially if you need to burn off stress hormones) gentle yoga or tai chi will help you relax too.
- Self-Full means meditation to clear your mind (not over thinking and second guessing).
- Self-Full means asking for help when you need it (and being open to offers).
- Self-Full means joyfully acknowledging life as an adventure (even the scary bits) so love it!
I can honestly say that being unwell has given me an excuse to let go of all the stress and striving and just take care of me, but the tragic thing is that I didn’t need an excuse and I didn’t need to make myself sick to get there.
Dump the stress now, all is exactly as it should be.
I’m off now to set my Grail cup back upon its base and begin to refill it. Isn’t it nice to know that those who teach are human and f**k it up too? (Principle 3).
More later… x