A Facebook friend, Heidi Nord, posted this status a few days ago:
“Some things I’ve done to change my life:
1. Got rid of my TV 5.5 years ago.
2. Quit a job I didn’t like.
3. Stopped overeating.
4. Did things to make me intensely happy.
5. Wrote a gratitude list, daily.
6. Bikram yoga.
7. Learned how to sleep easily through the night.
8. Taught myself to love the weather, no matter what it was, rain, heat, not to resist it.
9. Smiled often.
10. Started taking care of myself.
The more I change my inner world, the more my outer world reflects what is inside. Everything I do is for my health, happiness and desire of enlightenment. The list continues…”
I was inspired by Heidi’s list. What a fantastic expression of self-care, over time. A practice of self-care. That’s what this is. Over time. Not just for one day, but over time. That’s what makes it a “practice.” As choreographer Martha Graham has said so beautifully: “Practice means to perform, over and over again in the face of all obstacles, some act of vision, of faith, of desire. Practice is a means of inviting the perfection desired.”
Over and over again in the face of all obstacles.
Some act of vision.
What’s your list? What would you like to have on that list of inner changes in a year’s time? What’s the first thing you can commit to practicing? What’s something you can do or change today? Not tomorrow, but today. Over and over again in the face of all obstacles.
Leave a comment below to share ideas about a change you can make right now that will rock your life over time.
Start small, but start.
P.S. To better understand it myself, I’m documenting Tess’ Asperger’s journey here on 37days and also on 3x3x365, my blog with two amazing friends. Regardless of your journey, perhaps you will find something in her story to support you. For instance, this week we told her that she has Autism. Here’s how that went.
(photo of Martha Graham from here)