Archives for the month of: October, 2012

Two Months Down, Ten to Go!

I accomplished my goal again! As planned, I did the Self Spiral Meditation every day for the entire month of October.  Mornings continue to be my favourite time of day to balance my own energy.  While I found the meditation aspect of the Self Spiral frustrating at times, I found it helpful to experiment with breathing, mantras, and affirmations.

I also created “My Day of Indulgence”, as per Dr. Oz’s recommendations, and took an entire day off this month to do whatever I wanted.  Although the day off required planning and organization, it was worth it.  I’m already planning a similar day for November.

I also continued to follow these other suggestions that the Healing Touch International Level 1 Student Workbook recommends for self-care.

  1. Hydration (6-8 glasses of water/day, provided no medical restrictions)
    I maintained -and occasionally exceeded – 5 glasses a day, plus an evening tea and lots of high-water content food.
  2. Movement (build up to 30 minutes/day)
    I either walked or stretched, moving for all but four (maybe five) days this month.  Winter arrived early in Prince George, BC, this year, which means I will have to move some of my workouts indoors.  No worries there.  I’ve taken the Reebok Step out of storage and I’m ready to go.
  3. Nourishing food
    I took the Friday evening, the Saturday and the Sunday of the Thanksgiving long weekend to eat whatever I wanted.  This decadence included chocolate cake, poutine, chocolate cake, pizza, and more chocolate cake.  The rest of the month I balanced my proteins, carbs, and fats and managed to lose 3.5 pounds, bringing my total to 10 pounds lost.

In addition, I took time for myself this month to visit the chiropractor, get a reflexology session, and sink into complete relaxation with a massage that included an energy balancing component.

Receiving these modalities helped me create my self-care challenge for November.  I’ve enjoyed September and October but I believe November will be even better.

Tonight, I am grateful for:

  1. a warm, safe home
  2. the snow plow clearing the parking lot of my townhouse
  3. being able to help a friend relax with a hot stone massage and Healing Touch
  4. my delicious homemade dinner of lasagna and caesar salad
  5. an after school walk in the sunshine

Tonight, I also send healing energy to all those impacted by Superstorm Sandy.

“True silence is the rest of the mind; it is to the spirit what sleep is to the body, nourishment and refreshment.”
~William Penn

I used to listen to the radio while getting ready in the morning or while driving to and from work.  I am unable to pinpoint when – or why – I stopped doing this but I very much enjoy the quiet now.  I used to have the tv on for background noise and company but that hasn’t been enjoyable for a very long time.  I wish I could say I was receiving profound insights during these quiet times.  What matters, I suppose, is that I am engaging in a “…practice of being in quiet and finding that still place within” (p22, HTI Level 1 Student Workbook).  Once this month is over and I’ve finished with the Self Spiral Meditation, I wonder how I’ll incorporate some sort of intentional meditation into my schedule.

Lately, when doing the Self Spiral Meditation, I have been using two hands for each hold in the opening and closing spirals.  I have no idea why I feel compelled to do this, but I’ve decided to just go with whatever crosses my mind.  Also, when I’ve completed the Self Spiral, I give myself three brushdowns, by moving my hands from my crown off my toes.  Again, I have no idea why I felt compelled to start doing these brushdowns, but they feel fantastic.

On a side note, I had the best time this weekend teaching my first Level 1.  I am filled with gratitude for my amazing helpers and the wonderful students.  I am so excited to teach Level 1 again. In fact, only seven more Level 1’s before I can start training to teach Level 2!

“Put duties aside at least an hour before bed and perform soothing, quiet activities that will help you relax.”
-Dianne Hales

I dipped my feet into the certified Instructors’ pool today when I taught day one of Healing Touch Level 1. Part of the assigned homework was for students to take some time for self-care.  I wish I’d found this quote before tonight so I could have shared it.  I know that I will be putting my duties aside as soon as I finish this entry.  I think an episode of “Bones” is just the soothing, quiet activity I need.

It would be so much nicer to sleep in just a little longer instead of getting up to do the Self Spiral Meditation.  It would take far less effort to sit on the couch and watch tv instead of bundling up to go for a 30-minute walk.   It would be so much easier to eat junk instead of having to cook from scratch.  Self care takes time.  Self care is work.  Good thing I feel better than I did pre-challenge.  Good thing I keep reminding myself that I’m worth the effort.

It’s almost 9pm and I’m tired.  I haven’t exercised yet, either.  Normally, I walk right after work but today it was snowing lightly and I felt cold.  I decided to switch my outside walk to an inside Dr. Oz workout.  Fast forward through marking French 8 exams, showering, eating dinner, watching “The Big Bang Theory” and now writing my daily post, and I remember that I haven’t moved yet.  Argh.  I really, really don’t feel like doing anything more strenuous than crawling into bed.  So I’ll compromise.  I’ll go stretch for half an hour and make my RMT happy.  She’ll be glad to know that I followed some of her recommendations.

Recently, I’ve been adding affirmations into my Self Spiral Meditation and they have really helped me focus.  When I was flipping through Louise L. Hay’s book You Can Heal Your Life, I was reminded that affirmations can be done in these ways, too.

  • Write them 10 or 20 times a day.
  • Read them aloud with enthusiasm.
  • Create a song of affirmations and sing with joy.
  • Think of the affirmations at various times during the day.

Louise L. Hay claims that when we use affirmations consistently, in whatever way we choose, they will become beliefs and they will always produce positive results.

“My immune system is so incredibly strong that it repels and resists all viruses and infections from my body” is an affirmation I have used for years.  I put it to use this morning before I even got out of bed and then again during the meditation portion of the Self Spiral.  I have no time to be sick or to feel even remotely unwell, especially since I’m teaching my first Healing Touch Level 1 this weekend as a certified Instructor.  This affirmation hasn’t let me down in the past and I expect it to work its magic this time as well.  I love affirmations; they are so easy and I can say them anywhere.

How beautiful it is to do nothing, and then rest afterward.
~Spanish proverb

After yesterday’s day off, I am already wondering when I can fit the next day of leisure into my schedule.  Having said that, I also wonder what is better, an entire day off every couple months, or smaller chunks of down-time, say, every few days.  Friday night, for example, would be ideal for a movie (or a mini- “Bones” fest!) plus a big bowl of popcorn. Maybe I could also start “Massage Monday” or “Facial Friday”, which I add to my calendar once a month.  Hey, I could start “Sleep-In Sunday”, “Unwind Wednesday”, or “Take a Break Tuesday.”  The possibilities are endless.  Ultimately, though, one fact remains the same.  It is better for me – physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually – if I schedule some regular me-time.