Path to Wellness - Cynthia Djengue, B.A., M.S.posted on 21 June, 2012
Posted by Cynthia on Friday, April 20, 2012 Under: Change
Spring is a perfect time for change. You will notice your energy increase, your cravings for carbs dissipate and the desire to hibernate start to disappear. You may be in the mood to clean, organize, and create! I can relate. All of the sudden my body is craving fresh fruits and vegetables and I have been preparing more smoothies and am not in the mood for as much complex carbs or fatty meats. I also feel a new sense of gratitude and clearing of the soul. This is combined with my intense interest in overall wellness, a spiritual process rather than just a physical one. I have been on a spiritual path for quite some time and I wish to continue to learn and practice deeply so that I can help you!
In the process of change, while there are some positive aspects, it is also possible that you will experience resistance. Perhaps there is self sabotage or an unwillingness to give up habits in thinking, action and intention. For instance, you have told yourself for years that you need to or are going to lose weight. You start the change process and decide to eat a certain amount of calories, exercise more, and keep track of your food intake and your thought process while you do this. These are all good steps to take! You do well for a few days, then you have a "bad" day. You do well for another day and then you have another "bad" day. You do well for a couple of weeks, and then you have a life event occur which takes you completely off track. You tell yourself you cannot continue on your Path to Wellness because you have done so poorly. Your intention is lost. You feel disappointed in yourself and you decide it is too hard, maybe not consciously, but subconsciously. Where does this self-judgement come from?
There are several psychological theories that provide insight to changing a person's way of thinking as well as many spiritual practices that promote the ability to create new thought, or more radically, completely change events. The primary step towards change is choice. You must be able to get clear on choices if you want to select something to change and profoundly feel and believe this change can happen. Most persons let their thinking get in the way of our choices. It is easy to do. Yet, you are able to quiet yourself and believe that you are worth your change and that you will make the choices necessary in order to reach your choice. Notice how I am not using the word, "goal," as I see that this word has been overused, especially in the self help and fitness arenas. Any change is about choice. Thus, accept that you are able to move to the process closer by making choices that reflect your desires.
Your desires for change are always valid. If you find yourself saying something again and again, such as, I need to get out of this job, relationship, or _______________ (fill in the blank), please pay attention to this. It is, unfortunately, too easy to create more busy-ness in your life which distracts you from what you really want. Thus, another step in moving towards change is becoming quiet. You must quiet your thoughts and listen closer to your inner voice. This inner voice has a purpose and can assist you in becoming clear and moving towards your best life.
Spring will be a great time to begin the process of change. You have the environment to assist you with fresh flowers, blooms, birds singing, the hue of colors from grassy fields to a variety of treetops. You may feel like moving, ending or beginning a relationship or wish to move into a different career. As I said earlier, any change you desire is valid and you must pay attention to your inner voices. You can hear this voice by quieting down both internally and perhaps externally through ridding yourself of the explosive "chatter" in your life not just from others, but circumstances as well.
While you do your Spring cleaning, imagine that you are also clearing out your head, your heart, your relationships and see how lighter you might feel and take a few deep breaths and be thankful that you have the ability to choose.
Cynthia Djengue, B.A., M.S.
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