Taking a more proactive approach to consent requires creating relationships where open and honest communication can take place. It involves listening intently, with all of our senses, to the words, body language, tone of voice, and movements of others, as they respond to our words, actions, and movement. It requires respecting the boundaries of others, and gracefully accepting rejection, without questioning or demanding explanations.
It’s easy to get motivated by a fitness program, a new diet, or a motivational speech. The problem is that this motivation exists only in the intentional mind. It temporarily changes our intentions but fails to overcome the power of our habits. How many times have you rationalized skipping the gym, eating unhealthy food, or just reverting to your usual behaviors, only to later regret it?
Our body is typically reacting to stress long before we're consciously aware of it. As we become more adept at observing ourselves, we cultivate our ability to identify the early signs of stress. Regular meditation increases our awareness of both physical sensations, and the ways that our mind and body interact.
The secret to my success with IBS, over the past few years, lies in changing my approach to food, fitness, relaxation, and hydration. If I could go back in time, to advise to myself at the height of my agony, I'd say, “The key to changing your life is meticulously collecting data and planning ahead.”
When you love a book, the ending of the story doesn’t necessarily finalize your journey with the characters. You create sequels, prequels, and alternate endings in your imagination. You feel justified filling the gaps in their story. After all, you've glimpsed their thoughts, shared their hopes and dreams, witnessed their first kiss, and held them in their darkest hours.
As I've gotten older, I've become more concerned about finding, or creating, balanced fitness programs. Because I've become more focused on health and wellness, I want to ensure I'm working out my entire body. I also want to strike a balance between strength and cardio. Perhaps most importantly, as part of my self-care practice, I [...]