Week 6: INTENTIONS
Thank you, Colleen, for hosting Mindful Monday – Healthy Living. I begin each week with the INTENTION to mindfully move outside of my comfort zone to explore healthy living options.
Week 5: 8 CREATION Health Principles
I made the CHOICE, several weeks ago, to Stop, Think, Observe and Proceed before acting. When I take time to STOP, I make healthier decisions in all areas of my life.
For more than a year, I have fulfilled my INTENTION to get 7-8 hours of sleep nightly. I slept 11+hours on Sunday and Thursday night. Was this a healthy night’s sleep?
Seeking an answer, I went to WebMD, Sleep Disorders Health Center and read the “7 Myths About Sleep”
Here’s what I found out:
“MYTH: If you can get it, more sleep is always healthier.
“FACT: …Some studies have found that people who slept more than eight hours a night died younger than people who got between six and eight hours. What scientist don’t know yet: Whether sleeping longer causes poor health or is a symptom of it …. Long sleepers may suffer from problems such as sleep apnea, depression, or uncontrolled diabetes that makes them spend more time in bed.”
I believed the MYTH. Even though I am being treated with overnight oxygen for sleep apnea, I am not concerned about the FACT. If I begin to routinely sleep more than eight hours, I will check in with my pulmonologist.
I struggled through congestion and a cough that kept me housebound for most of the week, but I was able to connect with nature’s ENVIRONMENT. I looked at photos taken during past mindfulness walks through my neighborhood; and felt as though I was in the presence of nature.
I began the week taking care of a sick husband with a cold. Several days later, I came down with a cold. I wasn’t able to follow my normal weekly ACTIVITY routine; but, I was able to go upstairs to my relaxation room to exercise the:
- body — physical therapy exercises, leg stretches, yoga belt and plank poses for 30 minutes x 3 days.; and
- mind – mindfulness and meditation practices for 11-30 minutes x 7 days.
This week, I went online looking for reading materials to address my SELF-TRUST issues. The one that drew my attention, “3 Ways to Develop Self-Trust,” written by Ms. Margaret Tartakovsky, M.S., Associate Editor, Word of Psychology who states:
“Everyone in your life has the potential of betraying you. They may leave. They may pass away. They may make a rude comment. They may cheat. They may lie. They may disappoint you in many different way. We can’t count on anybody 100%.”
To develop SELF-TRUST, Ms. Tartakovsky recommends:
- Avoid people who undermine your SELF-TRUST.
- Keep promises to yourself.
- Speak kindly to yourself.
Having lived for more than 73 years, I have been hurt and abandoned by people who I loved and trusted. In most cases, it was short-lived and temporary. Other times permanent — Like my mother passing away, almost 48 years ago, I am just beginning to deal with the hurt and pain of that.
Also, I am still reading the book by Tara Brach, “True Refuge: Finding Peace and Freedom in Your Own Awakened Heart.” It is bringing me closer to understanding that SELF-TRUST will come when I am able to unconditionally love and nurture ME.
While building SELF-TRUST, I do not want to compromise developing strong INTERPERSONAL relationships.
Searching for guidance, I found this book written by Cynthia Lynn Wall, “The Courage to Trust: A Guide to Building Deep and Lasting Relationships.” She writes:
“The person you need to trust first is yourself. No one can be consistently supportive of you as you can learn to be. Being kind to yourself increases self-confidence and lessens your need for approval. Loving and caring for yourself not only increases SELF-TRUST, it also deepens your connection with others.
Inspired by this quote, I purchased the Kindle version and look forward to beginning this new learning experience.
Feeling under the weather and out of sorts this week with a cold, I tried to maintain a positive OUTLOOK.
For the entire week, I connected with The Meditation Podcast to uplift the mind and spirit. I was able to let go of the negative and embrace the positive by practicing the following meditations:
- Power of Kindness
- Emotional Clearing
- Positive Thoughts
- The Healing Smile
Luckily, I found all the ingredients for this Turkey Vegetable Soup in the fridge and pantry,
- Chicken Broth
- Dry Onion Soup
- Canned Tomatoes
- Tomato Sauce
- Frozen Mixed Vegetables
- Frozen Okra
- Turkey Legs
I dumped everything into the slow-cooker and ended up with enough soup to carry Hubby and I through the week. When I have a cold, a hot cup of soup makes everything better.