Note: If you missed the first two days of my meditation experience, scroll through the home page to review.
In Day 4 of the Meditation Experience, the Centering Thought is focused on treating our bodies as our best friends. It isn’t about our appearance, how other people see our bodies, or even how we see them. It’s about what we DO that affects them.
Prior to moving to San Diego last year, I faced a lot of health issues that were seemingly getting out of control. Some of these were self-imposed (consuming alcohol on weekends, as well as stress) and others were related to conditions I have. The bottom line is that my body is extremely sensitive to both voluntary and involuntary actions and considering I’m not getting any younger, I really needed to start paying attention to how I was treating myself.
Late last summer, I joined Weight Watchers and stopped drinking alcohol almost completely. They were two of the best decisions I could have made. It was through this that I discovered that sugar, in any amount, was wreaking havoc on not just my internal processes, but my mind, sleep and stress levels as well. The more I abstained from drinking alcohol and the more I took control of what I was eating (and how much of it), the faster I was dropping weight – weight that was bringing me down physically and mentally.
I also had to take control of my mind. Through a series of stressful events, over the last year, my body was reacting through inflammation (picture a puffer fish under distress). It was making me constantly exhausted and depressed. It became harder to lose weight and feel more like “me”. I was so loaded down with “mental toxins” that just as one would do a juice cleanse, I had to do a mental cleanse. Putting this into practice wasn’t easy.
Through my divorce, I learned to let go and be honest with myself – two of the greatest gifts my ex could have ever given me. I learned that there is nothing in this world that I can’t handle. I learned that focusing on myself, not taking on others’ problems, and surrounding myself with positive people were the keys (for me) to maintaining a routine mental cleanse that helped to lower my stress levels and achieve a state of mental clarity I had never had before. Being able to put into practice the ability to strive to be happy and appreciate what you have and who you are, even when you don’t want to, is a huge achievement to being your best self. It’s the healthiest way to a healthy mind every single day.
So how do I plan on continuing to treat my “best friend”? By:
- Continuing to strive for a well-balanced diet
- Continuing to consume healthier beverages, with an occasional glass of wine or whiskey now and then
- Trying to keep a sleep schedule that allows me a full 8 hours (which I know I need)
- Trying to workout for 30 minutes (or more) a day
- Continuing to meditate each morning for 20 minutes
- Choosing friends and situations that allow for positive, soul-lifting experiences that only further who you are as a person.