Americans, STOP the incessant action! Most of us are familiar with the saying, “don’t just stand there, do something”. What is important to understand about this maxim is that it shapes your beliefs, thereby impacting the way you live your life. In our modern world we are simply doing too much!
Too many emails, texts, phone calls, running and gunning from one appointment to another, to do lists that keep us awake at night focusing on what we didn’t do and the relentless mind chatter that keeps us from the productivity and happiness we strongly desire. Busyness makes us feel important and worse we believe we are more successful when we do more. This belief system is impacting our health as a nation, while we stress out, rust out, burn out and distance ourselves from the very nature of living a healthy life. Move more, do more, achieve more, have more is at the core of our greatest suffering.
With healthy living being a hot topic of discussion, you must understand that it is not a singular focus on exercising regularly. Being FIT is more than a singular focus on exercise, but rather is a trilogy of body, mind and spirit. The journey to health is often mistaken with the external. We put emphasis on how we look externally rather than how we feel internally. The mysterious fact is, healthy living is an internal journey that begins when you quiet your mind, relax your body and pay attention to the voices within you that are screaming for help.
For many years, I spent my life chasing my dreams by unremitting action toward specific goals. Over time, my body began to show signs of stress that were an accumulation of moving too hard, too fast. The implication of constant action resulted in stress that produced cold sores, irritability, frustration, lack of focus and a plethora of unanticipated issues that were a direct result of focusing on the wrong things. This combative experience between your outer life and inner life is at the core of your health. No pill can fix problems with weight, addiction or poor lifestyle habits. To achieve FIT and fearless living, you must recognize the importance of the inward journey.
Everything you dream of is on the other side of fear. Often, your fear of digging into the depths of your beliefs, feelings, emotions and thoughts is a frightening endeavor. Thus, you choose to avoid the pain by constant action. This is your life – reclaim it! The key to living a FIT and fearless life is to be quiet. STOP. Slowwwww your roll. What is your body telling you? Stop thinking. Pain is the price you pay for freedom. What do you seek freedom from? The hard truth is that the process sucks and if you keep a watchful eye on the importance of mind, body AND spirit in a matter of time your breakdown will become your breakthrough.
“Everything you want from your dream life is on the other side of fear”