Truth is “we don’t know what we don’t know”
During my 30’s and 40’s I wasn’t seeking a better life. I felt I had a great life. I had an exciting job, was traveling extensively, and in a stable relationship. Perhaps now that I look back what I was looking for was a “guide-book on how to do life”.
Maybe there was a way to by-pass the difficult decisions and just follow the best practice. What I was ignoring was a growing list of food sensitivities, the low-level symptoms of various aliments, and the decline in my well-being. And sadly I was wearing my high level of pain tolerance as some sort of badge of honor.
After 10 years of searching, teaching, and experiences – I have distilled it down to these 7 truths.
Eventually there comes a point where you say “enough”, “something has to change”. For me it was “that” milestone birthday of 50. For others it is a change in job or relationship. In all cases it comes from deep within.
The good news is that change is inevitable. We are actually in a constant state of change. No two days are exactly the same – and at any moment we can choose do something differently. Small change taken now leads to seismic shifts!
Yoga is a conversation between your mind and your body via the breath. On the mat we get to experience our limitations and change we are seeking. As you build core strength you will stand a little taller – and be able to reclaim your personal power. The rate and depth of the breath has the potential to calm the nervous system and come out of a stress response. By balancing the energy in our body you achieve mental stillness and clarity. Create flexibility so you can be adaptable and see the potential for change.
THE 7 TRUTHS OF DOING LIFE
For me yoga is much more than physical, emotional and mental fitness though. The yogic philosophy provided that “how to do life” guidebook. It gave me the tools to assess situations, see an alternative perspective, and ultimately to transform my life.
Those tools are now available to you in the 35 Day Detox Challenge.
MY 7 TRUTHS REVEALED
- THE FOOD/BODY/MIND CONNECTION IS REAL.
- WE CAN’T THINK OURSELVES INTO GOOD HEALTH.
- ULTIMATELY NOBODY BUT YOU WILL TAKE CHARGE OF YOUR WELL-BEING.
- OUR EDUCATION SYSTEM WASN’T DESIGNED TO TEACH LIFE-SKILLS.
- WE ARE A PRODUCT OF THE IMPRESSIONS WE SEE AND HEAR.
- WE ARE SOCIAL ANIMALS THAT NEED COMMUNITY AND PURPOSE.
- SLOWING DOWN IS ESSENTIAL FOR CHANGE.
HEALTHY EATING AND PHYSICAL FITNESS
The Food/Body/Mind connection is real.
We are what we eat. And that isn’t just the start of a joke that has the punchline “have a nut”.
Sugar causes stress in the body by creating inflammation. When we are stressed in the body our mind becomes stressed, and we reach for the comforts of sugar/CARBS – which ensures were main in the stress response. The vicious cycle is locked in!
We can’t think ourselves into good health.
The brain/mind only thinks it’s in charge. It will do anything to hold the status quo.
Eventually the body will rebel. It does this by creating pain and disease.
Ultimately nobody but you will take charge of your well-being. It is both your right and your responsibility.
Conversely you cannot “fix” someone else. They have to want to change.
YOGA, MINDFULNESS AND EMOTIONAL FITNESS
Our western education system wasn’t designed to teach life skills. It’s purpose was to produce workers for the economy. Breathing, mindfulness, and “right living” are skills that need to be learnt.
We are the product of the impressions we see and hear. Generally we think of the only things we consume as being food and drink. However we also consume the products we put on our body (skin,hair, nails). Our mind absorbs the sights and sounds that we surround ourselves with too. You can eat the healthy food, but if you are consuming toxicity elsewhere you will not heal.
PURPOSE AND ENERGY HEALING
We are social animals that need community and purpose. Isolation and a lack of connection will destroy your soul faster than a cup-cake. Life is supposed to be fun, and filled with love. Without purpose all joy has an expiry date.
Slowing down is essential for change. If you were driving a car you would slow down to navigate a turn. Speeding along the highway and you will miss the exit. The first choice is always to slow down and assess where you are at. The second choice is to stop (or replace) habits that you know don’t help.
These 7 truths are a great way to reassess where you are at in life. Listen to Suz discuss these in her 2021 radio interview.
I hope to see you inside the 35 Day Detox Challenge program soon.