Every year I use Lent as a chance to do a sort of spring cleaning for my mind, body, and spirit. Of course for me, the spirit part comes first, but even if you are not particularly religious, this time of year can be a great opportunity to start living your ideal life. My dad is all about this and has instilled in me the idea that everyone can live their ideal life, no matter their circumstances, as long as they know where they want to go and keep trucking down the path to get there.
Yesterday, while at this ridiculously awesome spinning class at The Rider’s Barre called Guilty Pleasures (it’s a sing-a-long class, I mean…), the instructor, Peggy, told us her story. She is a photographer who had once been homeless. While struggling to survive, she had a vision of her path on a routine drive to Boulder – she was meant to take inspirational portraits of people. Knowing her life’s destination, she made a conscious decision to focus all her energy on getting there and the work started to flow in. Although it seemed to happen by magic, she realized that by setting her sites on a particular vision instead of floating aimlessly through life hoping for change, she was able to create her own success. She has now taken more than 11,000 portraits – and of course is no longer homeless.
This Wednesday, I will be starting a 45 day journey to live my life ideally – no more “I wish I did…” or “Life would be better if…” thoughts. I’m going to set goals and intentionally live my life the way I want to live it. If there’s one thing I learned from my Gwyneth Paltrow Experiment it is that GP does this perfectly – she knows how she wants to live and she lives that way! No matter what other people think, no matter what society dictates, she just keeps on dancing to the tune of her own drummer. And she is happy – isn’t that what we’re really all striving for, happiness?
Here are some reasons why you might want to consider taking your own mind/body/spirit (MBS) journey:
- Your New Year’s Resolutions are probably waning. The Wall Street Journal found that most people abandon their health goals in the first week of February (which I’m thinking probably applies to most types of goals). If you set some resolutions, this is the perfect time to revisit them!
- Seasonal Affect Disorder (SAD) may be setting in. That glum feeling you get in the winter isn’t just in your head. Causes of SAD include drops in both serotonin and melatonin levels, two things that can be improved by good workout (body) and meditation (mind) routines.
- You might not be at your happy weight. If you’re like the average American, you may have gained 7-10lbs over the holidays; not only is that extra weight unhealthy, but it might also be making you uphappy. Each person has their own “happy weight” where she feels her best – are you there?
Interested in tackling this journey with me? Stop by tomorrow for some tips and tricks for setting your MBS goals before we hit the road on Wednesday!