Newhaverin Leith and life

19Sep/112

Project hot body week three- introspection

Introspection has always been a throw away word to me owned by religious freaks and self help obsessives but now I own it too. The experience of cutting out food and drink that I'm used to indulging in has been difficult at times but facing that difficulty means I've had to be introspective, examine why I'm feeling defiant or frustrated and challenge myself. It's allowed me to revisit breathing and meditation skills I've learned through biofeedback, ChiRunning and a Samye Ling retreat (at which I think my body went into shock resulting in one of the worst migraines I've had to date- it was probably too much for a beginner) and it's rekindled the fire in me to practice mindfulness in running and in life. It's hard work, this meditation and mindfulness business, especially for a recovering neurotic like me, but the benefits are great. There are small things that have been cropping up in my life that I'm taking as cosmic confirmation my decisions to build on my meditation practice and keeping up the challenge of excluding foods are right like the emergence of buddhify in my world and that today's This American Life podcast (I listen religiously every Monday morning) centered around people's stories of living without. It's small signs of solidarity, of support and motivation and I'll take all that I can get.

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  1. You are awesome and I can’t wait to read more.


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