Writing helped me to lose 10 lbs! How can this be so when I sit to write?
I accumulated 20 extra lbs. over the last 8 years which seemed impossible to get rid of no matter how many diets and exercise routines I kept on trying. During that time period, I felt overcommitted, overstretched and overwhelmed most of the time. I felt that I was constantly reacting to situations instead of being in control of my life.
With my LookGood!!!FeelGood!!! blog in 2011,writing provided a strong anchor for me to express my emotions and re-program my mind to some of the LookGood and FeelGood messages that I was writing about. I developed a habit to write each morning for about an hour and by the time I was done, I felt more grounded. I felt that I had touched a part of my soul that was longing to be nurtured. I paid more attention to what I ate, drank more water and added more fiber to my diet. I developed a consistent exercise routine of running and light weights at the gym at least 3 times a week. On days I could not go to the gym, I walked for at least half an hour a day. Over 6 months I actually lost 10 lbs. I still have 10 more to go but I am quite confident that it will go away as well. Now I am not on a rush to lose weight – I am just taking more mindful care of myself and it feels great!
One can argue that I did physical exercise to lose the lbs and it is definitely true. But I think that the most important thing that led to better self-care was being able to ground myself emotionally through writing. That led to being consistent about changing a few of my daily habits. What I have learnt from this experience is that my soul needs creative expression. Actually, consistency matters when we are trying to change something in our lives. I had to push myself to blog several days a week, go to the gym, prepare my lunch and stop comforting myself with chocolate when I am anxious, until those things became a consistent part of my daily routine. It is harder than it looks but I know that it works and I am more proactive in making choices for my life and less reactive.
What nourishes your soul and gives you a strong anchor? It doesn’t have to be something grand – sometimes it is just the simplest things you do that leaves you feeling “Wow! This felt really good!” TuneIn to that feeling and Step up to do more of it.
If you are interested in writing as a daily activity, Julia Cameron’s book, “The Artists Way” provides some really good techniques. She too lost weight from size 16 to size 10, through writing.
Write your way to an amazing life!!!
The Dalai Lama, when asked what surprised him most about humanity, he said: “Man. Because he sacrifices his health to make money. Then he sacrifices money to recuperate his health. And then he is so anxious about the future that he does not enjoy the present; the result being that he does not live in the present or the future; he lives as if he is never going to die, and then he dies having never really lived.”
How true! TuneIn to what you think you need to do in this this lifetime to expand your soul and StepUp to bless someone, something, somewhere with the gifts you have been blessed with.
Coming up, on February 9th, 2013, I will be hosting the first TuneIn and StepUp Event in Ottawa with 8 – 10 women. I have TunedIn to the need of a family I have been sponsoring for the last 10 years. They are working on setting up a small ice-cream business to create financial independence. What is unique about this family, is that the mom is totally blind and her husband is visually impaired. They have two beautiful children and they work at helping themselves with very limited resources. The ice-cream business has the potential to support them – my goal is to raise a bit of awareness around blindness and their particular situation and to bring together people who can support them in achieving their goals.
1st TuneIn and StepUp Event in Ottawa
Open to only 8 – 10women who:
– want to have fun
– share in soul-ful conversation
– are open to sharing experiences and learning from others
– want to connect with others who are on their TuneIn and StepUp journey
Date: February 9th, 2013
Time: 2 – 6p.m
RSVP: Magdalene_Cooman@sympatico.ca / or inbox me on my blog or facebook.
Enjoy: Healthy food, A photo shoot of you, A Bread-baking and Soul-ful Art Experience
Cost: A contribution of your choice towards helping a family to set up a small business to sell ice-cream.
Let’s make it happen! Look forward to hearing from you!
TuneIn to the powerful intuition within you… Your body, mind and soul already know the answer!
“Sometimes I am broke, but God always sends a miracle.”
One of my inspiring moments in 2012 was a conversation with a young woman I met only once in the sauna who shared part of her life journey with me. She was vibrant and had an incredible warmth around her and a captivating smile – the kind of person you are drawn to immediately.
She is a single mother of 4 kids, one with a disability. She works in the evening as a cleaner. With her earnings, she supports 43 people in her home country by sending $600 to her home country every month, which provides food and basic needs for each one. These 43 people are mostly the elderly whom she left back after the war in her country.
It is amazing how $600 provides enough food and comfort to 43 people because the cost of living is so much lower and lifestyle is simple. The most important need is food. It is even more amazing that with her humble earnings, she is able to make this money multiply to feed her family and those extra 43 people.
We spoke about the challenges of meeting this commitment each month and she must have realized that I was calculating to see how it is possible to do so much with so little, based on her own family needs.
“It is not about calculating money like this, it is about having the courage to do the right thing.” She responded to my unasked question. “Sometimes I am broke, but God always sends a miracle. I believe that I am doing what I am here to do. If I die today, I will die in peace and that is what is important.”
I felt very humbled as I listened to her story and we exchanged life experiences in the warmth of the sauna. I felt ashamed of myself for complaining about the things I think that I cannot do because I think I don’t have enough. Here was this young woman saying to me “Life is bigger than our calculations. Have the courage to be. Decide what you can do for others and stick to the commitment.”
There are angels walking among us all the time. Sometimes, their wings touch us and inspires a change in our hearts. They are not necessarily popular or rich or super stars. They are just ordinary people who can fly because they are in alignment to their purpose…and all things work in perfection because they have faith and their vision is bigger than what we see with our naked eyes.
They are free to be and that freedom comes from within.
Are we lacking money or courage?
I would love to hear of the angels whose wings have brushed against yours. Do share your experiences with us.
TuneIn to the angels around you and StepUp to be an angel for someone. There is a beautiful angel is each of us, longing to be found.
The road was quite slippery yesterday and a man walking ahead of me skidded on the ice and fell. My first reaction was to avoid the path he had just walked for fear that I too may fall. However, in a split second, I had another thought which pushed me to walk the same path with a knowingness that I would not fall.
What changed my mind?
As the man got up and recovered, I realized that his shoes were not appropriate for walking on the ice – which is the reason he fell.
As soon as my brain picked up this information, I also reminded myself that I had sturdy winter boots and there was no reason for me to fall. Afterall, I had already walked a distance and was perfectly fine. Why change direction now, because of this man’s accident.
Therefore I kept on walking and was perfectly fine.
As I walked along, I could not help but laugh at myself and how I almost changed my course of direction because of this man’s experience.
How often we (myself included) make choices purely on other people’s experiences, stories and messages that have somehow penetrated our subconscious minds. We are not all made with the same strengths, weaknesses, attitudes or even tenacity and courage. I believe that we all carry our own luck, and the universe, in its grand wisdom, have also built inner knowledge within our cells. Statistics and growing research in all kinds of fields provides generic information to help us make wise decisions – but it does not mean we follow blindly.
Question what is ahead of you and TuneIn to your inner intuition so that you can StepUp to respond with your own unique wisdom. Your body, mind and soul knows the answers that are right for you.
Create an amazing day!
A dear friend recently asked me, “In your experience with people and human resources, what do you think my weaknesses are? How can I improve myself to fit into the job market?”
My response was, “I can’t say that you have strengths or weaknesses – it all depends on the situation, what you are matched to do and who you are working with. With your strongest skills and abilities, you can be a failure if put in a situation where these strengths are not needed, nurtured or recognized.”
If I were asked the same question several years ago, I would have probably given a more logical answer which would include that he could develop his interpersonal skills more, learn another language, communicate more effectively or even be more positive about life. However, with my experience with people and work today, I have come to ask myself these questions more and more:
“What if we are enough just as we are?”
“Would “strengths and weaknesses” matter so much if we simply did what we are gifted at?”
“How often has someone become succesful because of a lucky break of meeting the right person at the right time and place?”
“Why is it that some people who have done everything right, and have all the right education, skills and attitude, still end up unfulfilled?”
“Why is compensation for one job/work different than another, yet we claim that each person is unique and each job is just as important?”
A clerk can do a magnificent job as a clerk because the type of work matches with his archytype. Yet because his wages are so much lower he begins to study more to fit into a management position. When he gets to the management position, he realizes that he is unhappy with the job, although his earnings support his lifestyle. The soul begins to search for more…how can he balance both?
TUNE IN to the amazing person you are – not the person you think you should be. If you feel that your life is falling apart and you are just not fitting in a particular situation any longer, you are probably seeking an expansion of your soul which can happen in so many various ways which we will explore in the next blog.
You are enough. We are enough.
STEP UP and question the choices you have made that has led you to where you are today. The answers are all within our souls but we need to start developing our courage muscles to do the right thing for our soul. We know when we are doing the right thing… if you are doing even a tiny, weeny bit of it now, just keep on paying attention…we need to STEP UP to do more and more of what really matters to us.
The views expressed in this blog are the views of the author, based on her life experiences and observations. It is designed to provoke one’s thinking and to explore the greater context of life, from a soul perspective.
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