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Self Compassion – Tool #2

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We don’t even realize the stream of crap we tell ourselves. Often, we are unconscious in our own self-flagellation.The words just flow and are on repeat.

What are your words?

What do you tell yourself?

Are the words supporting your health, growth, happiness?

Or

Are the words tearing you down?

Start to practice ‘the catch.’ NOTICE when your inside words are tearing you down. Once you see you’re doing it, visualize a stopsign and tell yourself, “STOP.”

Stop the flow of crap.

Be intentional. Be forceful. Enough.

Mine sounds like this:

“Oh look there I go again. Enough already. Stop.”

And if you need to, repeat it. But you’ll notice that your thoughts will, indeed stop. Next up? Replacing the words with more compassionate languaging.

Instead of, “I’m so stupid.”

replace it with

“I am brilliant, but simply made a mistake. Mistakes are human. I’m human.”

Tool: If you haven’t read “Making A Change for Good” by Cheri Huber. I highly recommend. It’s a way to step back from the voices, name them an start to see that you aren’t the voices.

xo

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Self Compassion – Tool #1

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The journey toward self compassion began when my kids were in school. I had some room to breathe and take stock.

I knew that I was tired of being so hard on myself. The things I’d say to myself I’d never say to another human..so why did I say them to my Self?

Things like:
You’re a gargantuan.
You’re an Amazon.
You’re dumb.
You’re unsuccessful.
You’re not pretty.
You’re awkward.
You’re not in shape.
Who do you think you are?

This is just some of the lovely repertoire I would heap on myself. And I was tired….so tired. In my insides, I knew there had to be a better way.

So I designed and treated myself to a year of Self Compassion. I did so many interesting things. And over the course of the next couple of weeks, I’ll share some of them with you.

First up. Start noticing what you say. Can you catch yourself when the harsh critic attacks?

And then, can you start to replace the voice’s comment with something kinder?

Voice:
OMG I’m so stupid.

Self Compassion Voice:
You may not know the answer right now, but you’ll figure it out. You’re resourceful and brilliant.

The key is in the catch. And it’s in the replacement. Because the voices run rampant like a bull in a china shop.

Give it a shot. I’ve got a Self Compassion Workshop and Practice coming up at Tula Yoga & Wellness . If you think it would serve you, come! CLICK HERE TO REGISTER.

xo


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Gratitude Towards Your Body

This week I fell down the stairs and injured my back/hip/tail. I’m in pain and it’s hard to move…

My go-to feeling when I’m sick, injured, laid up – is FRUSTRATED. I’m a physical being who needs to move in order to feel complete. I detest being forced to be still.

I had to teach a class this week – the topic? GRATITUDE for your body. Reframing our negative voices about our body into giving thanks.

Gratitude

Ice Pack, check. Gratitude, check.

As I was sitting there with an ice pack on my a$$…I thought, “Holy crap…thanks Universe.”

Because here was the opportunity to actually stand in my frustration, reframe my attitude towards my body, and then teach a class on it…

So that’s what I did. I centered myself, took a piece of paper, and wrote 5 things that I was grateful for in that moment about my body…

  1. I am strong, so I’m bruised but not broken.
  2. I have padding on my butt which cushioned my fall.
  3. I can still write, create, work.
  4. I can feel pain – which informs my movement and protects me from further injury.
  5. I am courageous in my ability to ask for help.

What are your 5 things?

Gratitude is a powerful tool to bring into your toolbox of Self Compassion. It helps turn your attitude from “UGH this body is too __(fill in the blank)__ or not enough..” to “My body is fantastic and I’m grateful for it. Click here for an actionable step to take right now on your journey of loving the skin you’re in.

Peace, S


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Focus On What Your Body Can DO

We spend a lot of time worrying about what our body looks like.

A LOT of time.

Often that energy turns into loathing, flagellation and negative thoughts toward your beautiful self.

When you notice this happening, try thinking about all of the amazing things your body can DO. Because it’s pretty f(*&king miraculous.

Click to see more – Focus on What Your Body Can DO

Let’s change this one-note tune that we’ve been singing for soooooo long.

Peace, S


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Self-Compassion Exercise

When my kids were both finally in school, I knew I needed to do some work around self-love and self-compassion. So I designed a self-study course for myself. High on the list was a book by Kristen Neff called, “Self Compassion.” You can see her TED Talk too by clicking here. 

One of the exercises in the book was to write a letter to myself from the position of a loving friend.

It was a game changer for me.

You try. Click on this link: http://self-compassion.org/category/exercises/

Do Exercise 3.

The…if you want, click and do all of the exercises and meditations.

You’re worth it. xo.