As I rode home from my appointment with *A* just now, I began pre-writing this post in my head. By the time I got here, most of it had fallen out. No matter, I still have my session notes. And today’s card, which (not at all coincidentally) is the perfect complement for what was already on my mind, and will be a key component of this entire message.
Okay, well. That above paragraph was all I got typed before it was time to shower and leave for our dinner. Now we’re back, and this one’s gonna go up late. We’ll simply have to live with it. Alrighty, on with what else I wanted to share.
Traditionally I’ve disliked (and been depressed by) this time of year, and after my sister died, it just got worse. I feel as though I’m making a bit of a come back, but then, I lose ground and the sad returns. For example, I realized how much I really love apples, how over the past year of changing what I eat and how I think about food, I’ve acquired a passion for this simple fruit. The fall IS apple season! I like that.
In a couple of weeks it will be the 32nd anniversary of me going to get gas that historic day. So, two things in September that are good. (If I come up with any more, I’ll let you know.)
Practice present-moment awareness.
The meaning you yearn for lives in the ever-present NOW.”
Being mindful and fully present is a bit tricky, if we’re not used to it. But once we start to get the hang of it, it’s great. We do need this reminder, from time to time. Like now, I had a very empowering time at my earlier appointment, and then Dan and I had such a wonderful evening with Ally and her Mrs.
Being right there, talking about my issues with a caring counselor, or sharing food and conversation with friends, both of these are healing endeavors. And both of them, when we’re immersed in them, are like soul maintenance. Care for ourselves as we would care for the loved ones in our lives and we can’t go wrong.
One of my assignments is now to be on the look-out for where my heavy hang-ups come from. I’m in search of their origins. I’ve been considering that maybe moving the focus* from weight loss to Transformation is going be helpful.
*Moving the focus: easier said than done.
Transforming my attention from fat-thinking, and unhappiness, to strong-thinking, fit-thinking, power-thinking, and healthy-thinking.
Or something along those lines. This is all a work in progress.
Self-Care Cards by Cheryl Richardson
Foreign License Plates Seen From The Bike:
Virginia, Maryland, Iowa, and Tennessee.
Heaping gratitude upon all of you who thought of me from afar, and those who did so from closer up.
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