Awareness

Before launching into a new health programme, take some time to consider where you are right now. This consideration could be anything from taking a few minutes to a few days. This is not something that we do only once. Being aware is an ongoing process – from when we first embark on new practices, to actually doing the practices.

So, what exercise practices do you currently do? Which of these practices do you like and which of them do you detest? Then give some thought as to why you do or don’t like them? For example, you might love doing yoga because you are naturally more flexible, but hate running because it burns your chest.

Now be aware that the things you detest, might not always be that way. I used to really dislike running – my chest used to burn every time I tried. It was only in my mid-twenties, when I learnt how to breathe when I ran and learnt how to ease myself into running, that I actually started to enjoy running. Now I love it!

Observe your body rhythms and the connections between your body rhythms and the rhythms around you. When we are exploring and becoming aware, we do so in a non-judgemental way. It’s just about observing our patterns and behaviours. We can only change something for the better when we become aware of what it is that needs changing! Some of these areas to explore include:

  • Observations of our current & past health patterns & conditions
  • Eating Rhythms – Daily & Seasonal
  • Food Choices, Cravings & Quantities
  • Sleep Rhythms
  • Water & Fluid Consumption – Timings, Types & Quantities
  • Movement, exercise patterns and body flexibility
  • Breathing rate and depth
  • Heart rhythm
  • State of mind

This awareness should also extend to when we are actually doing our practices, an awareness of which muscles are working, our rate of breathing, when we are getting tired and need to rest and when we can push a little harder.

Becoming aware is a gradual process. See how many things you can become more aware of within your daily life and routine. Sometimes just becoming aware of something, helps guide you to making the changes you need to make to feel better.

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