As you know, I believe that all our actions stem from our thoughts.
Which is why it’s so important to pay close attention to what our mind is saying.
This was demonstrated to me so clearly today.
My mind decided this meant I must do gentle exercise.
That I’m not fit enough to run, so I must power walk instead.
I like power walking a lot.
But running really makes me feel very fit and strong and powerful,
Which power walking doesn’t.
This morning, I invited my youngest daughter and son to join me on my power walk.
We had a lovely walk in the ravine, climbed some steep hills, and then turned back.
My baby loves to move fast, so about 1km from home, she said
“let’s run Mommy”.
She’s used to us running together – she moves like lightning, and I do my slow jog,
and then she patiently waits for me at the end,
coaching me on how to improve my stride.
My first response was “no Eden, I can’t run this year”
Then I heard myself,
noticed how ridiculous and untrue that felt,
and gave myself a slap on the head (gently).
I decided to be curious about what would happen if I ran.
So I did – simply inviting that curiosity resulted in me picking up my feet and running.
All the way home.
Just because I was willing to try,
I discovered that the only reason I couldn’t run this year was my mind saying so.
I’m telling you this because
It’s a beautifully simple reminder
That we shouldn’t believe everything we think.
Only those thoughts that feel good.
‘I am still a runner’
just because I say so.
My fascination with how our thinking influences our behaviour has inspired me to launch a video series: The Skinny – How Thin Women Think. I’m going to interview women who have always been naturally thin about how they think about their bodies, food, eating, etc. I’m so excited about what I’m going to find out, and I’m going to share all this with you in the fall. I would love your help choosing a logo – I’ve created a contest at 99 designs (LOVE) – please click on this link to vote for your favourite design today – contest ends June 30!