Letting Go

Whoa, where does time go? My weekly blog post seemed to have taken a vacation. I'm back though! And tons to share over the coming weeks. 

I've observed something recently (the lesson seems to have been creeping up in many different disguises)...that the more we seek for an "answer" to a question, the more it can elude us. This confused me, how the moment I took a step back and completely took my mind off an issue, answers would flood to me. One theory I have around this, is that when we are seeing answers, we can be blinded by our current level of awareness and may not see other possibilities. The "letting go" of the "how" seems to open the flood gates to greater things one could imagine. 

Trusting the process and that everything is as it should be, while taking daily action steps, is something we can apply not only to life's challenging decisions, but to our health as well. Each person on earth started with the union of two cells. No conscious control is needed for a baby to develop from those two cells. There was, and always is, a guiding intelligence with nature that is responsible for life as we know it. It is the intelligence that leans plants towards the sun, and that delivers platelets (sticky blood cells) to an injury to seal a cut. This intelligence is always there as long as there is life, and may in fact be the distinctive factor that allows for life. When we are faced with an injury or a health concern, it is easy for it to become the number one thought and focus. And although it is not wise to ignore it, perhaps there is some "letting go" that may speed the process. Just maybe, trusting that inborn wisdom of our body will aid in the healing. Supporting our body as it is designed to be, rather than interfering with nature's wisdom. I offer you a challenge to see where you can let go a little more and instead, put your energy and focus on what you can do to support your body, mind and spirit. You will be amazed at what is possible!

Swimming in Cold Water

It is often said that our greatest challenges give us the strength to grow. I have found this to be particularly true during physical challenges such as a race.

Back in September 2012, I completed my first (to date) triathlon in Banff. It was an abnormally warm September day in the mountains, but this didn’t make up for the fact that the lake we swam in was absolutely FREEZING. I anticipated the swim to be the most challenging for me anyway, but I was not prepared for how cold it was that day! I knew that once I completed the swim, the rest of the race would be a piece of cake, I just had to make it out of the lake! The wetsuit offered unexpected buoyancy, and as my goggles were fogging up, I relied on the kayak to bump into me to let me know I was swimming off course (yes I was that girl- I was quite the spectacle I’m sure). At one point I told myself to calm down, and that this was not the most difficult thing I would have to endure in my life. It was 500 m afterall, and all I really had to do was to keep rotating my arms. Thats it. I could do that, so thats what I did...and before I knew it, my hand was hitting the bottom of the lake and I had done it. I had survived the swim. 

 I will never forget that lesson, and truly feel that the underlying premise can be applied to any life experience. Maybe not the rotating of the arms part (ha...although that would definitely lighten the mood!), but in the following basic steps:

 1) Identify what it is going to take at this moment. Not how long, or how hard, but what is the one thing you can do to move you forward, right now.

2) Decide that you can do it.

3) Do it!

Seems easy, but I will be honest, I remind myself this often when I feel overwhelmed about something. How does this apply to health? Really in whatever manner you want it to. Are you struggling to lose weight? Are you in chronic pain and feel hopeless that you will have a life of ease again? Have you had a lifetime of unhealthy habits you are now trying to undo? Just take one step at a time. Focusing on what CAN be done and following through will provide faster gains than you realize! Or as Dory said, "Just keep swimming"... ;)