Yesterday I had an opportunity to practice what I teach.
After teaching a class and taking my daughter to gymnastics class, I was feeling tired and congested. Yet, I had two more things I had planned to do at night. I was not sure how I could do it all. So I did what I teach my students to do: I asked my body if it desired to go out and play. The answer I received was not what I was looking for. My body desired to rest and that’s all. So I chose to listen, and take a nap.
But I did have 2 other meetings to attend-so what to do? I could have chosen to judge myself for breaking a commitment to my friends, and to myself. I could have criticized myself for taking on too much. I could have consumed another cup of coffee and keep going-regardless of how my body felt. I could have felt bad, that I would miss out on great fun. I could also have chosen to be in allowance of me, and my body. I could have chosen to honor myself, by following the wisdom of my body. And I could have been greateful for friends who also care for and honor me. I chose to be loving and kind to me.
So, I called my friends and they were so sweet about the whole thing. They just wanted me to feel better. Then I had tea with honey and lemon to give my immune system a boost. And after that, I went to bed.
This morning, when I woke up, I was refreshed and ready to face the day. There was a sense of peace and gratitude. I am so grateful for listening to and honoring my body, for caring and generous friends, and for supportive family.
So next time you have a choice to make-where or not you want to push it harder or let go, will you be willing to ask a question first? Will you be willing to ask your body for what it knows and to follow what it asks of you?
What great contribution can your body be to you?