I started my morning with this yoga video, let's just say I'm a bit off my game. I let my daily practice laps a bit over the last three weeks. It's time to get back to it. Yoga has helped me in so many ways. The movement and stretching are what it's about for me. I don't follow a yoga practice for spiritual or meditational guidance. This practice started as a way to heal my back, and increase movement in my very sedentary lifestyle. Where am I going with this? Keep reading.
In my last post, I talked about needing to be inspired to make changes, that I don't do resolutions or goals. All of which is true. I also linked to an article about picking a word. While this idea has been pushed around in my brain before I've never actually picked a word to carry me through the year. This morning I found a bit of inspiration for how I'm going to face the new year and quite possibly a word, or maybe a bit more of a phase - 2017 will be my year of Inward Acceptance.
Part of my morning routine is to read multiple blogs, one of which is The Healthy Maven. This morning's post - Healthy Living Accounts to Inspire You in 2017. As someone who's always looking for new blogs and Instagrammers to follow I was anxious to read this post. I found a couple of new blogs, but really fell for The Real Life - RD. While poking through some of her older posts I found this one - Actionable Steps to Accept, then Love Your Body. Robyn hit a lot of nails on the head for me. I spend a lot of time beating myself up and making jokes about a body I don't really love and accept. I've been working on this mental image of myself over the last year and that image is getting better, but I'm still not at the point of acceptance. I've reached the tolerating phase, with the help of my yoga practice that I was talking about earlier.
All of this tied into another post I read this morning on The Art of Simple. Her post, One Thing I'm Adding to My Routine This Year had a couple of highlights that struck a chord with me. My biggest take away from reading this article is as follows, which I've paraphrased:
Stop Looking outward for validation. Instead Look inward. Choose to do things that feel good and actually serve you. Instead of looking around look in, life is fuller that way.Then we'll tie all of this into the afternoon I spent with a friend yesterday. The two of discussed the picking of a word to carry us through the year and I wasn't really sure about a word, but I was willing to give it some serious consideration. With all of this in mind, I've been inspired to embrace a word, or as I stated earlier, it's more of a phrase. Will I stick with it for a year? There is no way to know that unless I try it out.