Good morning!! I hope you had a great weekend. I am definitely feeling that today would be the morning to sleep in and cook french toast for breakfast, but I am teaching in an hour so I'm not going to entertain that thought right about now...
What I want to write about is the power of a good pause. I don't know the official difference between impulsive and compulsive behaviors, but I am pretty certain I do both. Most humans do, but it's a question of degree. I've gone for things in the rush of a feeling or desire without thinking through -- I mean FULLY reasoning -- what would very happen if I do the behavior but when consequences show up, I have my answer if I made the healthy choice.
Today is Passover (Happy Pesach if you're celebrating. Let's go easy on the matzoh and kugel.) and thinking about The Nile got me thinking about that slogan "Denial ain't just a river in Egypt" so let's talk about that for a moment, too. Denial is that pretty little reasoning apparatus that minimizes or denies the effects of impulsive/compulsive behaviors entirely. If it's extra food -- well, it won't hurt me much I can always work it off. Spending money over and above what I budgeted away -- well, I need that (fill in the blank purchase) really bad and I'll figure out a way to cut corners elsewhere. Blunt confessions of honest feelings to someone without considering if the person is really opened to listening -- well, I really really need to get this off my chest NOW.
We talk a lot about building a new belief system in intenSati and isn't it true that we're also in the game of creating a new Relief System? Finding ways to pause and reach for relief without the negative consequences -- that's a really healthy thing to practice. In class, there is a short transition between the upper and lower body series and it's that time during which I feel like it really reflects that moment when I'm in a rush of emotion for something but can CHOOSE to transition into a better feeling place as opposed to relieving it with impulsive behavior that we'll later regret.
The really good news is we are all sweet little works in progress. If we can just remember that we're human and forgive ourselves when we do something impulsive (or compulsive, ?) then we're on the right track. That said, I think when building a new you that is considerably more reasoned with respect to these kinds of behaviors, I think it is so important to affirm, affirm, AFFIRM the times when you do pause and practice your new relief system. Even now, I mentioned the french toast interest I have right now and I'm grateful for my commitment to teach class and enjoy a workout and a lot of cold water. I can have that breakfast another time. :)
Closing thought: I find power when I pause and choose actions with healthy consequences. I break denial chains that minimize the effects of certain behaviors and find ways of relieving myself that are healthy. I feel free!
Have a HEALTHY day today!! With xo and gratitude, Lindsay
Sati Schedule update
I'm teaching in 45 minutes -- 7AM at Pk/33rd and subbing for the last time before Patricia returns tomorrow! Class tonight is at Col Cir at 6:30pm.
FREE CENTRAL PARK intenSATI starts April 3rd at 10:00AM and it's going to be a gorgeous day! I am so excited and please email me for details!