Ahhhhh....I stretched those hips yesterday in class led by my dear, dear, lovely, friend and colleague Kate Case, creator of She Collective.
I have been walking a lot, but failed to love those hips from propelling me forward in this world as foot meets terrain.
She talked about contentment and how it is different from happiness and joy, according to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). A philosophy that I am intimate with in my QiGong practice.
Here's the thing:
- Happiness comes from a source like a person, place, thing, memory, etc.
- Joy/Contentment ( I see them as the same, but that can be discussed): is not attached to anything.
Are you with me? I teach, like Kate, that contentment comes from being in the present moment and feeling OK. I often say in my classes that Joy comes from being joyful about being here, being alive, being present.
I know, I know...but look what is going on in the world, money stresses me out, I hate my job, my relationship sucks, I am not happy with my body. Yup, those are all real...BUT...allow me to stretch you a bit...(I know, ellipses)...all that SHIT that you may complain about in your day to day life, it's just a blip in the grand scheme of things. A dot. A scratch. It's smaller than a mosquito bite. Seriously.
When we adopt the general feeling and attitude of contentment and approach life in such a way, those annoying gnats in our life become insignificant. Truly. They are just the itch of the day that will soon go away, but by no means does it have to affect the bigger picture.
Let's bring in some homework, something you can practice. How often do you catch yourself saying throughout your day: I am tired. I am hungry. I am not enough. I am broke. I am sad. I am depressed. I am out of shape. I bet more often than you think.
What if we changed those I AM statements into something more powerful? Action follows thought, so if you are constantly in the negative how do you think your body responds? Yup, it's loyal like a dog. Whatever you tell it, it will listen.
OK, so here is the exercise:
- When you are tired, say I AM FULL OF UNTAPPED ENERGY
- When you are overwhelmed, say I AM PRESENT
Begin to become aware of your I AM statements and see if you can change them around.
Alright, let's do this!
I AM GRATEFUL FOR YOU!
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