The Mindful Diet—Week Six: Notice and celebrate!) changes

“I challenge you to make your life a masterpiece. I challenge you to join the ranks of those people who live what they teach, who walk their talk.” -Tony Robbins
Happy Monday! I mean that in the most serious way. This Monday means a lot to me. I have finally completed the Yoga Journal Mindfulness Challenge. I can honestly say that it has truly jump started the beginning of my year. At the beginning of this challenge my goal was to lose weight, find a hobby, try some new recipes, and maybe start a blog that I could be proud of. Within the past six weeks I have not only learned ways to feed my body, but I fed my soul. As I take time to reflect on the past six weeks, I can tell you that I do not regret waking up at 5:30AM to start my days with some yoga or meditation. I do not regret starting to cook more meals at home. I do not regret thinking about all of the good things and people in my life to which whom I am eternal grateful and thankful for.
I used to think of myself as somewhat of a rain cloud. I used to wake up angry, I would blame other people for things that would go wrong, and sometimes I found it hard to be genuinely happy for others—when I was not seeing results. All of those things are
flat out spirit killers. You know that little voice in your head telling you things like “I was not smart enough”, or “I’m not flexible enough”, or “Shame on me that I did not have a plan for my life written out in stone” my soul would retreat a little.
Today, when I wake up, I am grateful to see another day because I know that so many people did not. When I drive on my way to work–I don’t just space out–I notice the little boy who starts at the bus stop everyday at 7:15AM waiting to start his day at school . I notice the sun–and say that even if the I am having the day from hell–that I still have the sun to be grateful for. I tell my husband that I love him everyday, not because I saw it in a movie or a magazine, but I now know that I need to show appreciation to the person who always believes in me when I don’t believe in myself. I accept my friends for who they are and their choices–not because I always think that they are right, but I realize that when you are truly at peace with yourself—you can just love others for who the are.
On the first day of this challenge I quit my job, changed careers and was undoubtedly  lost. I decided to do this challenge as a hobby just to pass time while I got acclimated to some of the changes in my life–but in turn realized that change is life. If we are not constantly changing, growing, learning, and helping others we are truly not living.
Cheers to the Mindfulness Challenge, and all good and tough times that it brought!
I am excited to see what I will come up with to challenge myself with next.
AV
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