Saturday, November 24, 2007
A Gift to Myself - Awareness
Today I went to Weight Watchers - again. (Haven't been in a while). Err. Yeah. But anyway, forced myself back today to weigh in and face the music. Not too much Thanksgiving damage done, but I'm still back at where I was earlier this Fall, since I haven't been exactly sticking to my Weight Watchers plan and have been doing the treadmill only on a half-assed, shall we say sporadic basis?
I find this leader, Cristina, very inspiring. She's the one I told you about before - the one who looks like Nicole Kidman and motivates like crazy. Today's topic was "A Gift to Myself - Awareness."
All week I've been considering my word for 2008 - for those who don't know what this is, go to my earlier post from last year which you'll find a discussion of this yearly word thing - link is here in my post last year from December 31st, 2006. I pick a word that governs my year.
Anyway, I've already picked my word for 2008, the word is "Awareness." What does awareness entail? I did some thinking about this and have come up with at least a few ideas.
Well, first, according to the Daily Om the meaning of awareness includes "Curative attentiveness." It says, "The awareness you cultivate within yourself will eventually enable you to create a foundation of positivity from which you can build a more authentic existence."
Awareness also involves being fully conscious in the present moment, being aware of your surroundings, your feelings, your thoughts, your judgements and your actions in the present moment. It involves pulling onself out of the day-to-day acting from automatic, robatic behavior, past destructive behavior and thought patterns and instead, becoming aware of one's perceptions, of making a conscious choice.
I can make healthier choices in my life. I can be more aware of my eating, my exercise, my thinking. I can use that worksheet I created several weeks ago to keep track of my ultimate goals. Several years ago at a Weight Watcher's meeting, a lady in the audience said something that has stuck with me for years. She said, "I need to remember that what I want at the moment isn't always what I really REALLY want in the long-term." Only awareness and action on that awareness will bring a person to their desired outcome.