I know we’re only halfway through the first month, but I’m keeping up with my Gratitude Calendar System (to find out how you can participate, check out http://positivechristianity.org/tapes.htm), I’m writing Morning Pages most mornings (made famous by Julia Cameron with the 1992 book The Artist’s Way http://juliacameronlive.com/) and I’m on track to meet my goal of refreshing B Here Today with a new look and design (thanks to the immensely talented and inspirational Stephenie Wetzel at http://tradingpounds.com/).
Heck, I’m even writing my first e-book!
Still, with all this good stuff working, it feels as if something is missing. There’s a piece, a dimension of my self-development, that I haven’t quite put my finger on, until this last weekend.
My good friend LaDonna has talked to me for months about something called QiGong, a 5,000-year-old Chinese practice of combining fluid body movements, focus and breathing for stress relief and the overall restoration of health and wellness.
I’ve spent a good amount of time this weekend doing online research and it sounds perfect for my lifestyle, my physical condition and my beliefs about body energy.
Yet, I still can’t quite pull the trigger on committing.
Why, you might ask? That’s a very good question and one I’ll turn back to you. Why do any of us put off the ideas and dreams we have for the future, even when we know there will probably be great benefit and reward?
Feels sort of daunting and intimidating to contemplate the answer, doesn’t it? For me, the answer involves a fear of failure, fear of the unknown, and frankly, a big dose of wishing I could just twitch my nose and my ideas and dreams would sprout right in front of me without any effort.
I chose these five quotes for Mindful Monday selfishly because I need to make my fears public.
I also wanted to see how much the future will be altered by my actions today because, as anyone who has read Stephen King’s 11/22/63 knows, the past can be obdurate.
And obdurate gets me nowhere.
I’ll embrace my fears and make my decision about QiGong anyway, and invite you to do the same about whatever you’ve been putting off. Truly, what the hell are we waiting for? The past is stubborn and the future doesn’t care so let’s do it TODAY.
Let me know how it goes for you.
B Well & Present,
A year from now you will wish you had started today.~Karen Lamb
It doesn’t matter where you are, you are nowhere compared to where you can go. ~Bob Proctor
The best thing you can do is the right thing; the next best thing you can do is the wrong thing; the worst thing you can do is nothing.~Theodore Roosevelt
We need to be discerning about what we choose to believe, and clear about why we care.~Lori Deschene, aka, Tiny Buddha
Resistance to change is proportional to how much the future might be altered by any given act.~Stephen King in 11/22/63