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Choices and Voices

I was thinking about all of the choices we’re faced with each day – from the simple things like ‘should I shower’ (you’d be surprised how much I have to make this choice…) to ‘how do I choose my life’s path’?

It’s a crazy thing, choice.

Maybe it sounds crazy (I’m confident it will, but I don’t give a rip) but my alignment and my connection with something bigger than me help me to make choices – big and small. How? Well…I trust that my instincts, my quiet inner voice, is telling me the right answer. I have a lot of confidence in my inner voice. It has never led me astray…ever.

The things that people have asked me about when I talk to them about this are questions like this:

Well how do you know that you’re not just telling yourself what you want to hear?
Or
Well isn’t that just your own voice, not necessarily something bigger?
Or
Well why do you need faith or a mind, body, spirit connection to tell you where do you go?
Or
Isn’t that just free will?

Etc.

I don’t have any way to calm the chatter in other people’s minds. That’s their job. My job is to calm the chatter in my mind. To sweep and dust away the little devils that creep around and make my voice so quiet that I can’t hear it. Or that make me doubt what my inner voice is telling me. To be still enough to hear.

All I can say is this – when I’m aligned. When my mind is clear, and my body is healthy, and my spirit is open…I hear things very clearly.

One time my dad preached about this when I was in high school. He likened it to stepping on a light box ala Michael Jackson in the “Billie Jean” video – where he stepped, a light came on. Now, I was 15 years old and believe you me, I had not.one.clue what he was talking about. It wasn’t until later. And he’s right…that’s kind of what it’s like. I also feel like I’m ‘plugged in’ when I’m aligned.

When I’m plugged in, or standing on my light box…where I’m supposed to go and what I’m supposed to do becomes really clear. Don’t get me wrong – I’ve made mistakes of EPIC proportions. But generally that’s when I wasn’t listening to that quiet, inner voice or ignoring it completely.

Tell me – what does it feel for you when you JUST KNOW? When you JUST KNOW what you’re supposed to do (even if it’s difficult) and you know where you supposed to go, what you’re supposed to be doing, and who you’re supposed to be with, how you’re supposed to share your time and talents. These are very big questions and I think…when you get right down to it…you just know. The answers are there when they’re meant to show up…and if you can quiet things down and listen…you’ll hear them.

Left, right. Up, down. In, out.
Whatever you’re facing. Whatever choices are right there in front of you. Be unafraid of that small voice. Sometimes, though it doesn’t tell you what’s comfortable or what you want to hear, it really can be the very best thing for you.

Peace to you on your journey.

There is a small voice inside of you
That whispers all day long
“I feel that this is right for me
I know that this is wrong.”
No teacher, preacher, parent, friend
Or wise man can decide
What’s right for you — just listen to
The voice that speaks inside.
–Shel Silverstein

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Ch-Ch-Ch-Change

“There is nothing permanent, except change.” — Heraclitus

How are you with change? Are you cool with it? Some people really roll easily with change – they’re able to lie back in the river and flow as the current takes them.

So…I am not one of those people. I TRY to be more of this person. I really do. But oftentimes I’m sloshing around my river thinking that I know better than the current. I don’t. I never do. But it feels better if I think I can ‘control’ things. I can’t. And I know this. So I slowly and carefully lie back down in the water, feet first like on a water slide, and trust that the Universe is going to take me where I need to go.

My mom once told me when she was just about my age, “Sarah, someday you’ll figure out that you aren’t the driver of the bus…you’re the passenger. And when you figure that out, you’ll be able to sit back and enjoy the ride.”

Over the past 10 years, I have learned this lesson again and again and again as a parent. Man you want to learn about NOT HAVING CONTROL? Have a kid. Holy Hannah.

I’m starting to enjoy change and enjoy the process of letting it happen…kind of. I’m in the middle of a big shift right now and it’s a huge exploration of getting as comfortable as I can with many things that make me uncomfortable. (Not knowing exactly where I’m going, not knowing exactly what I’m doing, things moving more quickly than I like, change in the landscape of your life that you didn’t see coming…)

And the crazy thing is? It’s all good stuff. And yet, I’m agitated and uncomfortable and unsettled. I’m fighting every urge to make lists, clean my house to have order, and make stuff happen to create structure. If I concentrate hard enough on the details, I can pretend that I’m in control of the change. I can’t. And I’m not.

It’s hard work to try and lay back and trust. But I (inside, under the agitation) have every faith and confidence that it will be just right. It always is. It.Always.Is. When I lay back and let the water take me where I’m supposed to go – invariably I: a) enjoy the ride b) love the destination and c) look back and say, “Of course! That is Just.Right.”

So now – I’m going to take a deep breath. I’m going to ignore every coping, knee-jerk mechanism, and I’m going to lay back. It’ll all be oooookaaaayyyyy.

Time for a cup of tea and a couple of deep breaths.

Peace to you on your ever-changing journey.


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Low Intensity Exercise vs. High Intensity Exercise

I was doing some studying and continuing ed stuff and something came up that I thought I’d address. I want to address it because it’s an old-school fallacy. However I’m a little nervous that the result of reading it will be a bunch of interval training…which is not the point.

So let me start by saying this. In all things – Balance.is.the.key.

Back in the 80’s or so, besides having very large hair…many many many people (myself included) bought into the belief that low intensity, steady state cardio was the KEY to burning the most fat.

Not true.

Even though low intensity exercise burns the most fat calories, total calorie burning is HIGHER with a higher intensity workout. And total calories burned no matter WHERE those calories come from determines the amount of weight lost.

So. What does this mean? Does it mean that every workout that you do should be all out and super intense (thus the huge increase in HIIT – ‘High Intensity Interval Training’ popularity and Tabata training?) No. Should high intensity workouts be a part of your workouts at all? Well, that depends on what your goals are and what you’re trying to accomplish.

Also – what does high intensity training look like to an overweight person? And what does it look like to an older person? And what does it look like for a person that is sedentary? And what does it look like for a person who is just trying to bring some wellness into their lives?

At the end of the day – High Intensity Training as shown on tv, as bought in dvds, as shown by athletes – may not be appropriate for all people.

The body is an amazing, miraculous machine that reponds pretty quickly to the forces put upon it. First, you have to determine what your goals are. THEN you decide your modalities to get toward your goals.

Do you want to be more toned? Do you want to be flexible? Do you want to be strong? Do you want to move your body for 20-40 minutes without stopping? Do you want to be able to move through your life without throwing your back out? Do you want to be healthy inside and out? Do you want to have a vital mind, body, spirit connection?

I suggest that unless you are training for something specific, that you consider that your answer to all of the above questions (in some shape or form that feels good for you) is YES.

Flexibility. Strength. Cardiovascular/respiratory Endurance. Mind, Body Spirit. And a happy by-product – a healthy Body Mass Index. These are the legs of the table of fitness. And if you consider all of these different and varied aspects to fitness to be important, you’re going to have to take a multi-dimensional approach to your training.

What does that look like?
1) Do something in moderation every day – go for a walk, garden, go for a nice bike ride with your family, go sledding.
2) Once or twice a week breathe hard – walk fast, jog, ride your bike fast, climb hills.
3) Stretch yourself after you do these things for :15-:30 seconds – front of your legs, back of your legs, calves, side stretches, hug yourself, open your arms and stretch out your chest. Or go to YOGA, which combines stretchy, strength and mind-body-spirit! BAM.
4) Lift heavy things – do some pushups, squats, lunges, toe touches.
5) And finally breathe – get centered, stay in the present, live with your highest intention, be kind to yourself and others, love.

Balance, Balance, Balance.
Peace,
Sarah