Feeding Ourselves Motivation
Last week I went to a wonderful yoga class at the Yoga House in Kingston, At some point during the class while we were in one of the warrior poses, the teacher said something to this effect “even when we are in a challenging pose, we can still feed ourselves motivation which can help us get through that pose”. A light bulb went off inside my brain when she said that, as I feel like that is so true in every aspect of life.
Food comes in many forms, “food-food”, thoughts, feelings, friends, work, spirituality, family, lovers, community, etc. It is empowering to realize that we have the choice to feed ourselves well in all these areas.
On a daily basis, we can ask ourselves:
- What am I choosing to feed myself today?
- Is my “food-food” nourishing and enjoyable?
- Are my thoughts productive-do they serve me well and propel me on my personal journey?
- How do I feel, am I feeling the way I hope to?
- Have I had meaningful connection with others today?
We can remember that in each moment, we have the ability to propel ourselves forward on our journey with nourishing food, nourishing thoughts, feelings, friends, etc. When we recognize a thought that is self sabotaging, we can let it go and reach for one that motivates us instead.
We can be our own cheerleader, life coach, trainer, in a way that is authentic to us as we each have our own language that we respond to and feel motivated by.
Let’s take a step today to “Feed Ourselves Motivation”. Let’s remember that we can get through the discomfort of trying something new (perhaps a new recipe or exercise class), or put ourselves out there in a way we have been afraid to. Let’s “feed ourselves motivation” in different areas of our life where we may feel stuck. Put on some good music on and have fun with it while we do it too! Let’s get a little sweaty with it. It will be worth it when we get that “I did it” feeling (even it takes many practice times).
I think of my fantastic friend, spin instructor, life coach, Dafna, who always feeds motivation during a spin class when she says “you are stronger than you think, you can do anything for 2 minutes, you are a rockstar, etc”. It may sound corny but I can’t tell you how many times I have replayed these phrases in my mind in tough physical and mental moments where my mind wanted to say “I can’t do it”. Those replayed phrases were like little doses of B12 for me.
Go forward and feed yourself well!
AND remember one way to feed yourself motivation with great recipes, support from me and the online community is to sign up for the 10 day Online Spring Cleanse starting on April 13th. Visit Body and Soul Cleanse to sign up. The fee is only $40 and $30 if you sign up with 2 friends!