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I have tried to avoid taking action to be healthier and take better care of myself. I say my intention aloud to others, I make a mental list of what I should do, I even gather information to be more knowledgeable about diet, exercise, and nutrition. Why do I avoid taking the first step? Perhaps because I’m afraid I won’t succeed. Maybe I doubt my willpower and don’t want to face my laziness. Whatever the reason, this question has helped me see what I’m avoiding. By avoiding self care through diet and exercise, I’m denying myself the potential to thrive, to move more energetically, to stretch my muscles and to relax in my own body.
To fully accept that someone very dear to me has turned the back and is gone. It teaches me to accept what I almost cannot while I have to. It teaches about Karma, about the law of cause and effect, of letting go, in a way of dying also; about freedom, too. To let go of fear, to let free; to love no matter what.
Your reflection resonates with me. ‘It teaches me to accept what I almost cannot while I have to. ‘ wow, exactly. Thank you.
I don’t know that I am typically one to avoid sensitive areas. I have been wanting to have a conversation at works about next steps for my career. I have tried and been met with resistance, so now I avoid it. Perhaps I have learned that my current position doesn’t offer next steps.
Crappy jobs lol. What does that say about my attitude? I should stop there.
Anyways that goes against an attitude of gratitude and to get kind of New Age I guess law of attraction.
Such is my horrifying karmic plot well it could be much, much worse for example being locked up inside Attica or San Quentin or something.
It might be trying to say hey you aren’t king of the world no one is trying to hand you a throne to sit on and pamper you silly all day go work for something.
Some unfinished business from the past. Unfinished business apparently doesn’t finish itself no matter how long I leave it or try to ignore it or pretend it doesn’t really matter or any story I might manufacture about it.
Fully accepting that my life partner is gone. Impermanence and emptiness are the most significant lessons I am trying to learn thru the grief process but I am holding on very tightly and only little drops gets thru each day.
I fell the other day. I maybe avoiding good self care because I think the cause for the fall was dehydration.
Since my latest spinal compression fracture I have not been able to go to my physical therapist. That said, there are still some core strengthening exercises I can do. I need to make that exercise a priority but I have not been very disciplined about it. This question is a wake up call!
I am pretty sure I have been avoiding seeing myself as I truly am…not who I think I am. That realization is the push I need to be a better human being.
Confrontations, arguments and the suffering of the many oppressed people along with the suffering of our home, the earth. These things have and can continue to bring about anxieties for me. In the past those anxieties would be another excuse/reason to numb my senses with drink. This has led me on my journey of mindfulness, gratitude and meditation. The first has helped to teach me patience and listening. The second to have hope that humankind will eventually be kind and loving to all our fellow humans and our home the earth and all of it’s other inhabitants.
Joe, your thoughtful, honest sharings always strengthen me on my journey. Thank you.
I agree whole hearterly.
I try to avoid negatively in my life which has taught me to search for the positive (aka…silver lining) in everything and everyone.
I see two ways of approaching today’s question: First, and the most obvious, is that when I don’t want to do something, but know too that it’s my work to complete, my hesitation, which may look like stalling, gives me time to figure out how best to get it done. On the other hand, sometimes my avoidance, after considering the matter further, helps me to understand that the burden at hand is not mine to tackle.
Eating healthier. Fast food is too convenient, especially when you’re tired after work and only have to cook for one. ugh. the struggle is real. My body is telling me and trying to teach me I must make better choices.
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