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30 day challenge

As March is right around the corner it’s time for a 30 day challenge.
Pick one idea from the list below, or make up your own, to improve yourself over the next month.

Meditate. Meditate every day for at least 15 minutes. There are a plethora of benefits to incorporating this into your life.

Read each day from your book of faith. The wisdom of the ages is in there. Seek the ultimate answers to life.

Healthy eating. Go vegetarian, or vegan. Raw or local. Gluten free or sugar free. Your body will thank you.

Give up one device. Go for one of those devices that you spend a good amount of time with: the smart phone. A big screen tv. Your laptop. Say goodbye to it for one month – or at least, limit it’s usage.

Eliminate “no” or “yes” from your vocabulary. This doesn’t mean that you have to say yes or no to everything, it simply means that you’re going to have to be more creative about saying either (and thus really think about it).

Take 10,000 steps each day. In an average day, you take 8000 steps. You’re only one stroll away!

Read one, big fat book. Get to that one book you’ve been meaning to read.

Listen. I mean, really listen. Don’t simply wait for your turn to talk.

Other ideas?
What will you do?

Your body is always telling you something.

Can you be still long enough to pay attention?

Eating almonds or fruit as a snack leaves me feeling great, and ready for the next challenge. Eating a chocolate donut – while tasty in the moment, feels a bit like lead an hour later. And here’s the thing – I know that. I don’t need to wait the hour.

About once a year, I ignore the smaller signs of stress. I don’t mean to, but somehow I miss them. These smaller signs build on each other, and this results in a nice little welt – usually on my chin or neck. Typically it blisters, and lasts about a week. It’s attractive. (NOT)
It’s my intention this year to not get that welt. To pay closer attention to my body, and head the smaller warnings. Release that stress in some other way. Perhaps this will be a welt free year…

Our bodies are a wealth of information, if we’d only tune in long enough to listen.
Are you hungry? The clock can’t tell you, but your body knows.
Ready to quit that race? Your mind might have an opinion, but your body is really a better gauge.
Are you the right one for the job or is this job the right one for you? Do a gut check. Get your body, as well as your mind involved. It won’t steer you wrong.

What’s your body telling you?…and are you smart enough to listen?

Want to read more? Get more practice in listening to your body? – Check out this article about Body Wisdom from Chi Living

Allowing

I spent this past weekend at Chi Running workshops with Danny Dreyer, the founder of Chi Running. AMAZING. I was like a sponge the entire time – trying to soak up as much Chi as I could!

A theme of the weekend, that seemed to thread through everything we talked about and worked on, was allowing.

Allowing your legs to relax while running instead of using them to propel you.
Allowing your structure to hold you up, instead of your muscles.
Allowing your pelvis to relax and swivel, rather than holding your hips in place.
Allowing gravity to pull you forward.

Allowing…such a huge word, and not only in terms of running.
What if we spent more time allowing and less time controlling?

Allowing yourself to eat when you’re hungry, rather than sticking to some stringent diet.
Allowing your thoughts to wander, and expand into creativity.
Allowing things to happen as they may, rather than controlling every minute.
Allowing yourself a day off from exercising, because you don’t feel like it – instead of forcing a run or a walk or a workout.

Allowing. Imagine what might show up in your life if you allowed it to happen.

Run Thru the Pain

Run Thru the Pain.
As a runner I have done this more times than I care to count.
Knee pain? No problem! I can finish the last couple of miles.
Shin splints? Ppppbbbt. I’m fine, it’ll go away in a mile or two.
Feet hurt? No worries – I may lose a toe nail…but who really sees those?

I remember going to get pedicures with a sheepish grin and shrug to the technician – “I’m a runner,” I’d say. And it’s amazing how the human body compensates. It’s totally natural to run with my right foot turned out, right?!

In the last 6 or so years, I’ve taken up ChiRunning. Not only has my running become more mindful, my every day life has too. Now, if something – anything – starts to talk to me during a run, I make adjustments as I go. Knee pain? I adjust my foot strike. No more pushing thru pain or limping around after a race.

I’ve found the same holds true for every day life. Too often we make every day sacrifices because it’s easier to be mindless or ignore those little whispers of “something isn’t right”. We rationalize and distract ourselves. And again, it’s amazing how the body compensates and backs up those whispers.

It’s not always easy to make the adjustment – sometimes you might even have to make several…but your body will thank you for it. Trust me.

What pain are you “running” thru?