First let me apologize for the delay in your daily dose of inspiration—lol, I feel like I'm in a confessional—I'm sorry friends, it has been seven days since my last blog post. ;)
Things have been a wee bit topsy-turvy in my life recently. I was away for three days at a beautiful writing retreat in Bobcaygeon, Ontario. Admittedly I didn't get much writing done, others far outpaced me in output for the weekend, but my mind and soul were soothed with laughter, good friends, good food, and beautiful scenery. I got out of the weekend exactly what I needed. It was heavenly.
However, when I returned home I became rather ill. So the last few days have been spent running tests and getting thoroughly checked out. All appears well, so I have just been taking it easy to let my body recover. I am feeling much better today. Onwards and upwards!
Getting sick is a gentle reminder to do the things we need to do to take care of ourselves. It is very important to listen to our body. Here's a little note from the book:
“It’s very important to try to recognize the subtle warnings that the [body] sends us—to recognize the yellow or amber lights, like on a traffic light—before our symptoms turn into a serious risk to our health and well-being. We often receive subtle messages that try and tell us to slow down and pay attention to how we are feeling. Those are the amber lights, but few of us know how to recognize them until those symptoms turn into big, flaming red lights that stop us in our tracks. [We need to recognize the symptoms] early in the game, before we run out of time-outs.”
In yoga, we talk about listening to the body—never pushing beyond the point when our bodies tell us to stop. It's important to take that practice off the mat and apply it as a broad sweep to our entire lives.
Learning to slow down when we need to and learning to say no when we want to are essential to living in happiness and fulfillment every day! Listen to your heart. Follow what feels good, live your passions, do something every day that makes you feel good, that brings you joy. And stop, slow down, smell the roses, take a nap, read, meditate, or rest when you need to. Take care of yourself, mind, body, and soul.