Sunday, September 13, 2015

Harvest: Reap What You Sow

With the season change and the Jewish New Year, a time of beginnings is upon us. We begin holiday season and the air seems to breathe new life into us. Life begins anew again, and with the shift comes an opportunity to look at our routines and our habits with fresh eyes.

The Fall is a time of harvest. We reap what we sow and our bodies can be a wonderful sign post for that. Consider this: what does it feel like when, over time, you practice your health regime? Consistent time at the gym, and portion control will reveal itself through your body. It is one of the few places where you can see immediate results. The same goes for what happens to your body when you increase your daily sugar intake, and slack off on your cardio. The body softens, and expands a bit. It can happen gradually, when all of a sudden you notice that your jeans are a little too tight.

Today is the result of all of the moments that have lead up to it. Your practices, your trial and error, your awareness to the details have all gone into this moment and today is what you have to show for it. That means, whatever you begin today will be revealed as well. So here are some things to consider:

What daily practice can benefit you the most? Is it a 20 minute daily meditation upon awakening? Is it increasing your greens by adding a daily green juice and a large salad for lunch? Is it a morning walk that balances the hemispheres of your brain and gets the heart pumping the blood to all of your extremities? Choose one, two or three habits that you are able to incorporate daily for the next six months. Then, leave the results up to the universe. Don't even think about it until the six months is up and notice what happens.

On the flip side, some things are simply out of our hands. I, for one, have a tendency to try to will things to be the way that I want. Having spent my teens years in the '80's, I know all about "manifesting" and using my thoughts to create my reality; however, that type of thinking had me working really hard to make things go my way. Especially things that were not up to me. Consider that what the universe has in store for you may be much better than the thing you think you want. So, trust. The relationship that didn't work out, the job you lost, the argument with your child...just let it be. Let it go, and allow it to unfold itself. Trust that there is more that will reveal itself. You don't know everything. When I accept this mind set, I am not only more open-minded, but more open-hearted. I soften and I allow all to be as it is.

What if the world doesn't need changing? What if the world needs more accepting?

Focus on your daily work. Relieve yourself from needing to make life go a certain way.
Extra credit: write a list of habits that are already in place, and give yourself the credit you deserve. Have a beautiful week.

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