- Robert Brault
Happy Easter and Passover! Or perhaps you celebrated the recently passed Vernal Equinox or Nowruz or maybe you do not celebrate a holiday but you live on this planet with an undeniable seasonal change with a springy feeling (on the northern hemisphere anyhow). Interestingly these holidays and the Springtime are all about renewal and new beginnings along with this month's theme.
Last week I started with an intro to this theme by encouraging practicing taking a few minutes a day to practice taking a few minutes to consciously breathe. Have you been doing it? A big part of renewal in our lives, particularly when we are adopting new practices of any kind, and especially those regarding our fitness, health and wellness where there is usually not one, but a whole lot of changes in our lifestyle is forgiveness. So if this practice is still imperfect you need not worry, it's a called a practice, not a perfect.
Forgiving others who you may blame for assisting or enabling unhealthy habits, self-forgiveness for all the things you have done that may not have served your best interest, and continuing to forgive yourself throughout this journey to renew your health and wellness is a key to success.
We will all run into moments we didn't plan for and realize we could have, we will all have moments of imperfection, lack of will, too tired to workout/cook the planned meal/grocery shop/etc. We will all fail to live up to our exceptional and often unrealistic expectations or perfection at some point. The point is not to dwell, beat ourselves up, "shoulda" ourselves (in fact should is a word I recommend you severely limit or remove from your dictionary), constantly rerun in our minds, nor excuse, blame, or justify. Rather, be aware of the choice and know what you could do to better serve you, forgive yourself, and move on. Rather than carrying anger, fear, shame, playing reruns of the situations in your head and entertaining other thoughts that hold you back, this act of forgiving yourself and others allows you to move forward freely with the empowerment of new lesson or action plan to make better choices.
*NOTE* Forgiveness of others isn't about allowing people to partake in negative behaviours towards you. Understand that your upset with them is only hurting you and let go of that. This is not about permitting further negative behaviours by any person, simply not holding on to negative feelings and mental reruns of the hurt, from there you can also make choices about your relationship with that person(s) and how you need those to look in order not to have the problem continue/repeat. This perspective also applies to your relationship with yourself.
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