“Gentleness can be developed with simple thoughts. First, appreciate who you are and make friends with yourself. Look at what you can do, and don’t allow what you cannot do to oppress you. Rather, regard it as a future adventure.” ~Running with the Mind of Meditation, Sakyong Mipham
This has been quite the theme over the last couple weeks. My body and I really haven’t had the best relationship over the years. I could mostly ignore that, until I started to see/experience the consequences of living a fairly sedentary lifestyle and a 30 year fascination with sexy, high heel shoes. I really am the poster child for terrible shoe choices 🙂
The ego kicked in hard once I realized/believed? I wasn’t in the same place as others. I am not flexible, I don’t have a lot of strength and my endurance is low. A friend calls it “a target rich environment”, at my low points I call it overwhelming.
I asked for help. I’m lucky I have a great support network, both personally and through Team Myles. I have people who will listen and hold space for me. Perhaps even spoon feed me a few hard truths. I have access to amazing people at Lifemark who have the professional capability to help through this process of embracing a healthy lifestyle.
When we see someone struggling, we support them and tell them to be gentle with themselves, yet we tend to be so hard on ourselves. Awareness is the key. Shift focus back onto you. Just do you.
Just. Do. You.
My new mantra.