Sunday, March 17, 2013
A year later
Being "attune" to your body, is not an easy task. However, being "in tune" with your mind is much easier, to maintain your health.
When I first started the path to my better health, I noticed a few musts.
1. Rest. It takes almost nothing to just sit down, and truly relax your body. However, if you have unfinished tasks, your mind might not allow you to do so. I found that completing a chore, waiting for the dryer to be done, preparing dinner, and resting while it was in the oven was key to a true "break". While it might be a short break, I have found that allowing myself to take that physical and mental break prepares me, and also energizes my body and mind to continue.
2. Awareness of foods and drinks. I love soda. Everyone knows. Coca Cola Classic is like a drug to me, and there is NOTHING more refreshing. However too much sugar, caffeine, and whatever toxins are in that will drag me down. Ice water however cleanses and flushes your system. I made myself aware that getting a bottle or two of ice water early in the day will offset my cravings, and I will drink LESS soda.
3. Sunshine. Most people are aware of the "winter blues" and the lack of sunshine and Vit D. I force myself to sit in the sun all winter long on sunny days. That was something I lacked for decades.
4. Acceptance of lack of control. Please understand that I do not see "lack of control" as "powerless". This, in my opinion, is the biggest flaw of any recovery. I do not believe we are powerless over any addictions. We do choose to be in control or not. The statement of "Acceptance of lack of control" is more about the Serenity Prayer. We cannot control the weather outside, but we can control our our house. We cannot control the behavior of others, but we can control our reaction to others. I cannot control how I love the taste of Coca Cola, but I can control my thirst in other ways, like ice water. The eye opening truth for me, was the more water I drink, the better I felt. And the same goes with people I cannot "control".. Once I accepted that I could not force someone to change, love me, care for me, or even listen to me, I realized it was NEVER in my control. By acceptance, I was able to do step 1, and so on. For 40 years, I never understood that I couldn't convince someone to help themselves, or love me.
I am human. I still have a need to be loved, accepted, even liked.
Health is a total package. You cannot have a unhealthy mind, and expect a healthy body. This is what I have learned in the past 12 months.
Sharing light with Kimmy. Striving to create a path between the present course of events and a new course; leading to new outcomes.