Tuesday, August 23, 2016

The Trap of Plant-based Diet Perfection: a Follow Up Thought

It's only been 24 hours since I posted my thoughts on the perfectionism trap, but I had an experience that I just needed to share with you.

I love myself.

Perhaps the three hardest words any human can ever say to themselves.

Cringe worthy even.

I was first challenged to look at myself in the mirror and say, "I love you" by the authors of The 30-Day Sobriety Solution, a powerful success program that I am on my second full go-around with. Let's just say that as a good soldier, I did my assignment, but I didn't really connect with it on a soul level.

Then a few days ago, someone, I'm sorry that I cannot remember who, recommended a book to me. The book is called Love Yourself Like Your Life Depends on It by Kamal Ravikant. Given the subjects of my recent blog postings, this title REALLY sang to me, so I went ahead and ordered it (along with 5 other books that sounded right up my alley as well).

I was happy to find out that it's the kind of book that you can sit down and read all in one short session.

I'm not going to give it all away, but the jist of the story is that if you repeat to yourself the mantra "I love myself" as much as possible throughout the day, over and over and over, your life will radically change.

One of the suggested exercises was a meditation where on the in breath you say, "I love myself" and on the out breath you breathe out whatever other thought you have. I was excited to give this all a try this morning during my daily meditation, which for me is a 75 minute power yoga session.

Let's just say it was the best yoga session of my life.

When it was over, I didn't even know where all that time had gone. Have you ever heard of a yogasm? I think I had one. My body felt stronger than ever. I went inward in a way that I don't think I ever have. My breath was consistent throughout the whole practice. Amy, the instructor, played You Will Always Be My Baby by Mariah Carey and I even ended with a good cry.

It was bliss.

Just wanted to share that with you. And you don't need to be a yogi to practice this. Just have an ongoing dialog in your head where you repeat the phrase, "I love myself" over and over. When you realize that your mind naturally wandered off, just come back to the mantra. Do this all day long. At work, At home. In the shower. While driving.

What do you have to lose? Maybe you will manifest magic into your life?

Let me know if you give it a try. You may find out that repeating to yourself "I love myself" over and over, no matter how silly it seems at first, is the best natural drug out there!


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