Learning to listen to your body
Yesterday I set off to the gym to spend a bit of time in the sunshine but also to try and get a good swim in to my day - at least 30 minutes of "proper exercise". However, yesterday my body told me something different. As I swam my first couple of short lengths, my body felt weak and tired. It was telling me "no".
Pregnant or not, my typical reaction, as for most people who have exercised to "lose weight" or "perfect" their body would be to power though, to get that exercise done. If I wasn't able to, to blame my body, to feel angry at it for not being good enough, or strong enough. To feel like a failure.
My yoga practice has taught me a very valuable lesson in learning to listen to, and respect my body. So yesterday, yesterday I listened and I honoured my body. I relaxed in the sun and meditated without the guilt.
We are so focussed these days on tasks and goals. We have such busy lifestyles, it feels like we must spend our time "doing" and that that doing must be "doing something worthwhile", something with a tangible result. What if we could learn to just be? To be free from the demands and goals and pressure for just a little while? Wouldn't that be amazing?
After allowing myself 4 hours yesterday to do just that, I can confirm that yes it is and you should try it.