I worked in my garden all of Friday afternoon and really cleaned things up on the back patio. Saturday I got to enjoy it by laying out with a cool breeze from the fan and a stack of magazines I’ve been meaning to go through. It was nice to just sit and take in all the nature my backyard has to offer. The birds were chirping, bees buzzing and hummingbirds zipping around me to reach their favorite plant I was sitting near…even the bunnies were out eating in the lawn. I forget to sometimes take in the moment and look around. In my busy world of work and commuting and being in the kitchen and going to appointments & making deadlines, I lose track of time. I guess sometimes that can be a good thing, to always keep the mind busy, but it sometimes can lead to negative consequences. I tend to always flare when I am thinking/worrying too much or always on the go. These last few weeks I have been trying to practice a few techniques to quiet my ever so busy mind. Not only does yoga help me tremendously, but also being aware of my breath throughout the day can help things a lot. You forget sometimes to breath correctly! Short shallow breaths are what we typically take, but we need a boost in oxygen every so often. So breathe…ahhhhh. Wasn’t that nice?
I also use guided imagery meditation tapes. They can really help you focus if you have a hard time like me, dedicating time aside to meditate. There’s a great website for them. I like using Belleruth Naparstek series. She has the most soothing voice and a real success in quieting my mind. She even has one for IBS/IBD. I always listen to her before and during any surgery’s I have. It has been proven in studies to assist your body in healing itself a little better, when your mind is in a good place.
Your mind plays such an important role in your health. The impact of stress on the digestive system is un-mistakable. The abdominal area and digestive track are considered to be the emotional centers of the body. Staying positive can play such a significant role in your healing process. No matter how tough you think you have it, there is always a positive side to it. I am a firm believer in seeing the good in everything and looking on the bright side of things. Going through feats with a disease can only make you a stronger person. At least thats how I see it. Everything happens for a reason, whether you like it or not. So let go of the reigns and accept. Acceptation is a very strong value, and hard to attain but once you reach that you will find peace within yourself. So take things as they come, do not fear the future, and live today like its your best day!
….and don’t forget to breath. xo