Body Boost
We had a lovely Thanksgiving Day holiday here. Good friends, family, and an abundance of food. In fact, I’m still working on the leftover mashed potatoes, turkey, and pecan pie. Lots of pie. If, like me, you have a bit of a feast hangover then today’s Body Boost may help. Let’s take a Mindfulness Walk. This can be as structured or unstructured as you like, but the key is to pay attention.

Walk out your front (or back) door. As soon as you step foot outside, stop and breathe. Take a brief moment and simply listen to any sounds, feel the temperature of the air, take in any smells, and breathe. Raise your arms over your head and stretch your fingers to the sky. Breathe. Ok, now you may start walking! Short or long, the key is to continue to tune in to your senses as you move. Do you hear the neighbor’s dog barking? See the patterns and colors of the different plants, buildings, and people you encounter? Smell wood burning, car exhaust, or someone’s perfume as you pass? How does the ground beneath your feet feel? Slippery, dry, snowy, gravely? Is the air cool, warm, dry, or damp?

I like to do this first thing upon rising each morning, but you can do it anytime. I start each day by taking a brief stroll into my backyard. The dog runs around a bit, and I enjoy looking at the color of the leaves on the trees, the patterns of damp on the path from last night’s rain, the faint smell of moist earth. If I’ve bothered to make coffee first I sip it and feel the warm steam on my face as I taste the dark deliciousness (I seriously love my coffee). Then when I’ve acknowledged each stimulus, I let them all combine into one peaceful awareness. I often take a second walk later in the afternoon to let the worries and tasks of the day settle down.
We get so caught up in our minds, in our own stories, in our tasks, that we lose awareness of the fact that we exist in a physical world. That world is beautiful and rich and inviting. Experience it!

Smart Spirit
You may be thinking that the Body Boost is more of a Smart Spirit today. Well, they work together you know! You may feel that you don’t have time to take a mindful walk. Too much to do. Not enough accomplished. “Sure, it would be nice to take a relaxing walk but who has the time? I have to account for myself.”

We get caught up in feeling like we need to meet some standard of busyness, productivity, and worthiness. If we aren’t already millionaires, we should work harder. If we think we are too chubby, we should be exercising hard rather than walking gently. We should always put expectations above joy. Well, phooey on that.
Each of us is worthy, period. Not because we work hard, not because we are rich, and not because we are thin. Because we are. Here is a meditation you may try when you are feeling like you don’t deserve a break because you haven’t been “enough” in your mind.

Even though part of me feels like I haven’t done enough, I love and accept myself. Even though I feel like I should be better, I completely love and accept myself. I am enough. Whatever I do is enough. I do not need to do more to be worthy. I am worthy.

Try it out, and use it along with the mindful walking exercise. We’ll come back to Worthiness another time. For now, know that you are enough, and that you are deserving of all good things in life. I believe in you!