I am breaking up this post into the 4 pillars of the Practice of Life: physical, mental, emotional and spiritual. Like the four legs of a table, each of these need to be sturdy and maintained, or the table will fall. I also call it Setting the Table. Whatever is on your table: family, your health, exercise, food, relationships, etc. will come crashing down to the weakest corner if not kept in balance.
Feeling a scratch in my throat, and off in my body this morning. Possibly from a germ or 2 floating around my house.
Or, more likely, a slight case of Upper Limiting, the concept written about by Gay Hendricks in his superb book The Big Leap.
So I am taking a much needed break today. I have asked for support from my family. Being quiet. Going inward. Meditation. Need to center myself.
Looking at the places where I am Upper Limiting and holding myself back. What fears are lurking? Fear of success? Fear of happiness?
I asked someone yesterday to think of how her life would look without all the resistance. What would your life look like, how would you feel, if you could LET GO of everything holding you back:
Worry about what people will think, or how things will “look”
Protecting yourself, or loved ones, from possible hurt/pain
What would happen if we started saying NO to the things we do out of obligation, or think that we “should" do,
and started saying YES to the things that give us energy and fill us up?
No answer. We just don't even consider a life without resistance, without blocks.
So we Upper Limit. We get a speeding ticket. We "catch" a cold. We pick a fight. We have an anxiety attack. We eat crappy food.
We live with chronic infection.
To hold ourselves in the familiar place of stress, lethargy, apathy.
Guilt, shame and blame.
I challenge you to look at where the resistance is in your life. How would it FEEL if you LET all the negativity GO?
What do pure HAPPINESS and FREEDOM actually feel like, WITHOUT ANYTHING HOLDING YOU BACK?
I’ll give you a hint...
it would feel RIDICULOUSLY AWESOME.
Fill your mind & life with how you WANT to feel, how you WANT your life to look. Do activities that make you FEEL good, not like you’re being slimed. Be around people that make you FEEL good, not that suck out your life force.
Love the person that shunned you. Forgive the person that wronged you. Give love to the person who cut you off in traffic. You don't have to be best friends...just fill your own mind and heart with love, and let it flow.
Stop Upper Limiting and make the choice to be free.
The 14-Day Post-Summer Detox is wrapping up this weekend and the participants have seen some amazing results!
- clear skin
- “silky” soft hair
- shorts are loose
- stomach issues gone
- just to name a few!
Here is a recipe I found that I added to the Detox...it is FANTASTIC! (Shown with quinoa dish from Post-Summer Detox and watermelon.)
Thai Peanut Superfood Slaw (from my friend Elizabeth Rider)
4 cups shredded cabbage (I used purple & green) 2 carrots, grated 1 red bell pepper, thinly sliced 6 scallions, finely chopped (I only had 2 on hand and it was fine) 1/2 cup peas (fresh or frozen defrosted in room temp water) 1/2 cup chopped cilantro
For the sauce: 2 tblsps extra virgin olive oil 2 tblsps organic tamari (gluten-free soy sauce) 1/4 cup raw apple cider vinegar 2 tblsps raw honey (I know we are on no sugar, but this makes a large bowl of slaw, so really this is not much at all per serving) 1 tsp toasted sesame oil 2 tblsps creamy organic peanut butter (or almond butter) 1 clove garlic, peeled 1 inch knob fresh ginger, peeled Optional: dash of hot sauce
Put all sauce ingredients in high-speed blender (Vitamix!) and blend until smooth, about 30 seconds. Or, you can finely chop the garlic & ginger and whisk by hand.
Assemble all veggies in a large bowl and mix with sauce.
Sit quietly today for 10 minutes (preferably outside)
Watch your breath.
Inhale for a count of 3, exhale for a count of 5.
The exhale breath is the calming breath, so we want to create calm in the nervous system. Do this for at least 5 minutes.
How does slower breathing help? In stressful times, we typically breathe too rapidly. This leads to a buildup of oxygen in the bloodstream and a corresponding decrease in the relative amount of carbon dioxide, which in turn upsets the ideal acid-alkaline balance—the pH level—of the blood. This condition, known as respiratory alkalosis, can result in muscle twitching, nausea, irritability, lightheadedness, confusion, and anxiety.
In contrast, slowing the breath raises the carbon dioxide level in the blood, which nudges the pH level back to a less alkaline state. As the blood's pH changes, the parasympathetic nervous system calms us in a variety of ways, including telling the vagus nerve to secrete acetylcholine, a substance that lowers the heart rate.