“Time, time, time, see what’s become of me…while I looked around for my possibilities”.…Paul Simon from “A Hazy Shade of Winter”
Last weekend, while in my favorite Spin class, a song came on that truly spoke to me as I reflect on this past year and my intentions for the year to come. The above words moved me enough to prompt this month’s message to you. (You can Google the song for the full lyrics).
Doesn’t it feel like time is passing so quickly? How often are you asking, “Where did this past year go?” Do you feel like there is always so much to DO? Are you starting 2017 with a new to-do list? Perhaps you are resolving to eat better and exercise more in an effort to get a handle on your cholesterol, pre-diabetes or digestive issues; finally lose those 5, 10, 20 or 50 pounds; spend less time on your devices and more time with friends and loved ones; drink less wine and more green juice, spend money wisely, not depend on social media for your news…the list goes on and on as it relates to you. Yes, these intentions are worthy and will result in a better version of yourself but most of us view these common resolutions as challenging tasks that we need to do perfectly.
Instead you just listened…sat quietly, tuned out the clutter of old messages and beliefs about what you need to DO in order to facilitate change? When we let go of the noise and voices from the past we can hear what we really need, as it relates right now to mind, body and spirit. In the quiet, we can find space to re-frame and move forward. We learn what it means to BE.
For me this means letting go of my attachment to expectation – I will put my authentic self out there and trust what happens. I’ll quiet the voice of a belief system that no longer serves me and know all I’ve experienced has brought me to the place I find myself now, to the woman I’ve grown into. I will lovingly accept the here and now, and let go of the remnants of a past that has no future. I will nourish and nurture my body in a way that honors it and I will continue to learn all I can and refine the tools and strategies that motivate and inspire YOU TO BE THE CHANGE YOU WANT TO SEE.
How we do one thing is how we do everything…if you are a regular reader of this newsletter or new to the Freedom Promise community, you’re probably wanting to address your relationship with food and your body. Perhaps you are facing health challenges as a result of disordered behaviors or confusion about what to eat. As January 1st nears, your inboxes will be overflowing with offers to “detox” and “cleanse”. Let me assure you the only cleanse you need is one that eliminates the toxic beliefs and dietary myths that have you stuck. This kind of an elimination diet will have the most transformative effect on all aspects of your life as you discover that what truly nourishes you is not found in the kitchen.
My PROMISE to you, is that when you set yourself FREE from needing to do it all and from the fear of not, when you quiet the noise and include your body in the conversation, you will experience clarity, a lightness of being and, in turn, a lighter body.
I hope to have the opportunity to guide you on the journey to a fully nourished life.
May the coming year bring you the blessings of health, joy, peace and serenity.