by Kate Giglio
I’m mindful about overworking myself, but sometimes my planning goes awry and I overestimate how much energy I have available to give. Such was the case last Saturday after a really fun, but long, week.
That morning, feeling tired and more than a little depleted, I thought a lot about nourishment. After cooking myself breakfast, and eating it at the table I sat on the couch with the dogs and watched the season finale of House of Dragon (two thumbs up by the way).
I had originally scheduled myself for a weightlifting session for that morning in my old-school, hardcover-bound paper planner.
Changing plans does not come easily to me!
I’ve worked hard over the years to give up people pleasing and not live my life based on what I thought others expected of me…even what I expected of myself—I have an inner drill sergeant!
You can’t move from your intuition that way.
It’s a constant practice for me to stop, tune inward and tune in. Then you can get inquisitive and the insights flow.
Have you ever felt guilty for not following through on something you had planned on doing, even when it was physically not possible for you to do so? I.E, you’re just too tired, or feel sick, or have to be somewhere else?
As I sat on the couch last Saturday morning with my dogs I felt a little twinge of guilt for not pumping iron that morning, but not nearly as heavy as it would’ve been a decade ago.
I credit yoga for that.
When we practice yoga, we move with our breath. That develops a pathway from our mind to our body, allowing intuition to flow.
When you pay attention to yourself, nourishment becomes something you seek because you know how much better life can be when the body is healthy and rested and your heart is happy!
I find what nourishes me fluctuates and depends on how I’m feeling. Foodwise, eggplant Parmesan might nourish me one day more than a salad on another day and vice versa. When my body is tired, rest is nourishing. On the days I’m full of energy, I might bake a cake, go for a long walk, and do a hot, sweaty, yoga practice.
Yoga makes us more adaptable so we can live healthier happier lives from moment to moment based on our physical, mental, and emotional needs.