Listening to What You Really Need

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Today was one of those days where no matter what happened, my brain was locked in a funk.  Everything felt off, my timing felt off, and I just felt generally grumpy.  Not a good place to be.  Even on the ride home, I still felt like crap and every little thing about the ride irritated me.

So, trying some new practices, I listened to my body.  The first thing I felt was hunger.  So I shared a banana with my kid and ate some sunflower seeds in the car.  Immediately, I felt calmer.  Not necessarily better, but I definitely felt calmer.  I don’t know if it’s the time change messing with my mind more than usual, but I normally don’t get hungry that early.  Regardless of the reason, that is what my body was feeling at the moment.

When I got home, I ate the dinner that my husband had ready for me.  Thank god for my man knowing me so well after 18 years—sometimes he knows me better than I know myself.  Felt even better.  I drank a ton of water too.  I didn’t overeat (I did have some candy—hey, I’m still human) and the water helped rehydrate me.

After eating, I knew the next thing I had to do was take care of myself.  I told my husband I was going to take a shower so I did just that.  I showered in really warm water, took the time to really clean my hair, condition my hair, and wash my body.  I trimmed and cleaned my nails, and then totally made myself feel better by using one of my favorite lotions.

Once I was done with that, I put away laundry.  It felt really good to organize and clean and put away piles of clothes that were cluttering space.  Just doing one thing toward organizing my home made me feel like I accomplished something.

Finally, I watched a video about opening chakras.  The subject is something that piqued my interest and I took it as a sign that it showed up on my feed tonight.  Learning the signs of how I could be blocking my chakras opened my eyes to how I’m blocking the flow of a lot of things in my life.  Even with all the work I’ve been doing, I’m STILL getting in my own way!!  I’m grateful for that lesson because it goes to show that learning is a never ending thing and self-improvement takes a lot of practice.  It was yet another reminder about letting go, trusting the natural flow of life, and just going with it.  Sometimes it’s about giving up control and responding to what is happening right in front of you.

My plan for the rest of the night is to read a little, brush my teeth, rest well, and wake up ready for tomorrow.  It’s a new day and I’d like to start it by opening my mind to the possibilities rather than with a set list of what I have to do.  Keep the reminders coming about staying aware of my physical triggers, and responding from a place of authenticity.  And most importantly, just taking things one step at a time.

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