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Inrageous/Outrageous Self-Care Enchantments for Jan 22, 2009

Inrageous/Outrageous Self-Care Enchantments for This Week

I always find it somewhat humbling when I get sick! Especially when I have been “doing all the right things”! What is wonderful about this process is that it reminds me of the “great mystery of life”. Even though I might like to feel that I am totally in control, a flu for example, reminds me that there are forces at work that are more in tune with what is right and best for me than I am.

Usually, when I get sick, I haven’t been listening to my “body messages”. This is what happened this week. One of our daughters came down with a nasty flu and of course I was taking care of her. I had made an agreement with myself to “get back into running” (my kids laugh at me as I always seem to be “getting back into” running, not actually running) and had started the Sun Fun Run program (I do it over 26 weeks, not 13). On Saturday I was feeling kind of tired and achy and if I had listened to my body and not my ego, I would have taken the day off exercise. I pushed ahead and did the run and then, what do you know, I got slammed with the same flu. I am not saying that my running, short as it was, caused the flu. What I am saying is that my wonderfully in-tune physical self knew what was best for me and tried to get me to hear the message with the “aches” and I didn’t listen.

Now, what is perfect about my illness is that it has given me lots of extra time to catch up on my reading, to totally stop and reflect on the important things and appreciate good health when I have it. Not to mention, I am experiencing a “natural detox”.

Your self care enchantments for this week are remembering to listen to your body’s messages!

Self-care enchantments this week:

1. Start your day with a “body scan”, gently cast your attention through your body, starting from the bottom up or the top down. Pay special attention to those areas that are tender, sore, tight or uncomfortable. Check in with that area of the body to see what is needed.
2. Use your body to check in about decisions and actions, ask yourself; what does my mind say, what does my heart say, what does my gut say. The more you use this process, the easier and more intuitive it becomes.
3. Nourish your body with something wonderful this week; luscious food, or a fragrant body lotion or a soft and cozy piece of clothing.

namaste,

Zoey

Zoey Ryan
coach . catalyst . shakti sage
life & business coach for women
“Coaching for your heart & soul and the heart & soul of your business”
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Inrageous/Outrageous Self-Care Enchantments for Jan 15, 2009

Inrageous/Outrageous Self-Care Enchantments for This Week

I may be a week behind most of you, having just returned from vacation, however, my guess is that the New Year energy is still circulating.
We have an amazing opportunity at this time on the planet, to create, grow, change and transform our lives.

As we have over the past few years, my family and I spent a couple of weeks in a very interesting Mexican village over Christmas. I always find it tricky to re-integrate into life back home after being in Yelapa, as it feels like sensory overload here.

Yelapa is a small fishing village, a 45 minute water taxi ride south of Puerto Vallarta and is on the equivalent of our First Nations land. The community of Yelapa has had electricity for 8 years and recently built a pier for the incoming visitors. Life is simple in Yelapa. There are three grocery stores, 2 in the bottom of the owners homes. When shopping, there are 2-3 kinds of cereal, one brand of milk and amazing fresh fruit and vegetables! There is one store to buy clothes and a couple of small shops. One internet café with three dial up computers service the tourists in the village. More and more households have TVs and personal computers, however, it is not unusual on a walk up river, to see a group of people, sitting outside, watching one TV or simply chatting.

Conversations, family and relationships are very important in Yelapa. Children and elders are appreciated, loved and valued. Crime is almost non-existent and there is no police force in the village, although sometimes the Federales make an appearance.

Villagers are extremely healthy and only recently has there been a physician in the village. The village is set on a hillside, with no vehicle access, so the only forms of transportation are by foot, donkey, horse or more recently, ATV. All the walking and wholesome fresh food contributes to the health of the locals I am sure!

I return to the busy, crazy North American lives that we lead and wonder, are we all insane here? Why do we need 26 or more kinds of shampoo or yogurt? Why don’t we sit around with our families and friends and just talk more? Why do we jump in our cars for short trips to school or the store. Now, I admit, I get pulled in the cultural drift of complacency here too. I drive my car more than I need to and get watch too much TV on occasion. I too, get seduced by the “latest and greatest” beauty product or the newest techno toy. I become unconscious about my choices and less than mindful about my life. That’s why I keep going back.

I keep going back to Yelapa, it is good for my soul!

So, your self care enchantments for this week are all about what is good for your soul!

Self-care enchantments this week:

1. Consider the words “spirit” and “soul” and ask yourself if there is any difference between the two.
2. Identify 3 things that are good for your soul and plan to integrate these into your week.
3. Appreciate your relationships and do something wonderful and unexpected for a special person in your life!

namaste,

Zoey

Zoey Ryan
coach . catalyst . shakti sage
life & business coach for women
“Coaching for your heart & soul and the heart & soul of your business”
www.positivelyoutrageouswomen.com
www.entrepreneurialsuperstars.com
604-323-3700

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