Yesterday it reached 75 degrees F. It was sunny with a cool breeze. I should have taken a picture of it, but I know a picture could not have done justice to the complete feeling of bliss that washed over me driving home with the windows down, opening up all the windows in my apartment, taking a run outside, taking a walk outside (later with the hubs), and sitting outside chatting with the hubs.
I also woke up to this weather. It. is. bliss.
My emotions are deeply moved by the weather and temperature outside.
It is starting to rain. The rain is bringing with it 30-40 degree temperature drops today followed by the sleet and ice tomorrow.
This means that I need to be strengthening my self love muscles so that I can find my bliss somewhere else.
I’ve also had a lot of help in this department in the ether world of the internet this week. I have been doing Erin Stutland’s Say It, Sweat It, Get It Challenge. It totally. rocks.
She combines a fast, efficient workout with dance and calisthenic movements with positive, self-loving affirmations. And. it. totally. rocks.
PLUS. She has created a Challenge Group on Facebook. I’m getting to connect with other women who are going through similar issues and have the same fitness interests as me! And I am so grateful to feel like a part of a community in this. It. totally. rocks. I can’t say it enough.
My Self Love Routines
1. Morning Meditation
After completing Gabrielle Bernstein’s May Cause Miracles, I got in this daily habit. a few morning errands like warming up some water. sit down on my cozy sofa, drape a blanket over my lap which normally invites my fur kitty to jump up into it and cuddle. start my day with a quick meditation.
I start with a prayer. Right now I’m using St. Francis’s prayer, but I’d like to start a prayer journal in an effort to have several to choose from to add some spice and variety to my life. Right now, St. Francis is just what I need.
I ask for guidance to be Kind and Patient today. I ask for guidance in witnessing fear, forgiving myself for having the fear, and releasing the fear.
Then I sit and breath for about a minute.
2. Cardio & Toning Affirmations
A shout out goes to Erin Stutland for this new. marvelous. idea. I hope that she can get some Itunes affirmations for use for whatever workout I’m doing, but until then, I’m just using little ole me.
This is a very new addition for me. Yesterday while doing my jog, I whispered to myself the mantra:
I am powerful.
I am beautiful.
I am strong.
I am going to try to incorporate this mantra (or similar) at least twice a week when I can.
3. Evening Meditation
I’ll be honest. My evening meditation does not. always. happen. My goal is to make it happen every night, but it just doesn’t. Normally I get it in 4 to 5 nights a week, and I’m happy with that.
Ideally I have a lighted candle or 2 near by, only my bedside lamp on, and some soft, soothing music on.
I start by saying a few things that I am grateful for about that day. a few things that worked out in my favor.
I review my fears for the day and try again to forgive and release that fear.
Then I sit and breath for about 2-5 minutes.
I definitely want to work on including more self love into my daily routine. I am very critical of myself. While the Bernstein work has helped me tremendously in being kinder to myself, it’s still a daily struggle.
Right now, I’m focusing on including the cardio mantras. Once I’ve got that down, I’ll try to add something else.
Today I am grateful for kindness. It really is contagious.