I still rise gently and begin my day quietly with reflection, a bit of reading, Bay gazing. But something is noticeably missing. It's my beloved coffee.
I've been a coffee aficionado for years. I relish good coffee, heavily laced with real cream. Having my doubts about the healthiness of drinking it though, I made sure mine was organic. The cream too. I really love coffee. (Did I emphasize that enough?)
But now it's gone. Removed from my life. Maybe forever.
I'm trying my best to live without it because I have to. My body was beginning to whimper when I did drink it. And soon it began to ache; to well up in agony from the partaking of it. Pain demanded that I stop.
Ouch. Big ouch!
After 3 gut-wrenching attacks (literally), I finally listened to my sage body which was trying so very hard to let me know that the foods I was eating—and what I was drinking—was not helping, but hurting.
Throughout my life, time and again, my body's wisdom has risen up to do this, to scream, "Stop!"
"Stop pushing me." "Stop rushing." "Stop stressing." "Stop IT," whatever the IT was because it knew, inherently, that what I was doing was not good for me.
Our body knows. It does. It has a unique wisdom all its own which can tell us—even before something horrible happens—that we must take heed and honor it's call. But do we?
Some of us are very tough cookies and we are certain we can push through or ignore the signs of physical distress. After all, how we can we really afford to STOP? There is always so much to do; so many deadlines to meet; so many chores, errands, responsibilities!
But body wisdom wins out ever time, despite our resistance.
For me, it took 3 attacks to get the message. No more coffee. No more heavy fats. No fried foods. No sugar or chocolate.
My nun-like existence has now taken on the flavor of "ascetic."
Don't get me wrong. I'm not complaining. Well, just a little. I know I will be better for these choices in the long run.
Which brings me to this. If I am to continue to embody my truest self, I have to recommit to the 2nd Transformational Truth: I Trust My Body's Divine Connection.
I took this Truth as my own many years ago, but as life changes (as we change), it's prudent to recalibrate oneself. To listen up. To make healthy new lifestyle choices depending on what our body is trying to say.
So I am.
What's your body been telling YOU lately? Has your inner wisdom been trying to get your attention? Does your beautiful body need doses of kindness—dietary changes, exercise, or pampering? Does it need to slow down, to rest and restore itself?
I hope you will listen up too so that your divinely sourced body is well-served.
I'd love to serve up a steaming hot cup of coffee for myself right now as the snow falls heavy and white outside. I just know it would warm me—body and mind.
But it wouldn't warm my soul. It would negate Inner Wisdom. Staying true to this new path laid out by Her is more important. I'd rather embody a Truth than deny it.
But oh, is it tempting!
Something opens our wings. Something makes boredom and hurt disappear.
Someone fills the cup in front of us: We taste only sacredness.
Embodying Your Truest Self.
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