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Disorder to Contentment

A childhood where the state of fear, anticipating reaction from others and a consistent undercurrent of stress was my reality. My earliest memories involve being on edge; wondering what others thought, fearing the verbal explosion of divorced parents, worrying about being good enough and sensing the financially woes of my single mother.

As an adult I am looking at how easily I find myself with an overbooked schooled, continually looking at my budget, rushing from one job to the next and rarely sitting still. Is it possible that I became addicted to the adrenaline rush that living in the constant state of flight or fight causes?

When I look at my adult life and the patterns that I am so easily drawn back into, it is easy to conclude that it is very likely that I am in fact addicted to the feeling of unease.  The hormone that is produced when stress is present gives that rush of explosive energy that says GO. Recognizing this recently I realized that when my life becomes settled, I become uncomfortable.  When my life is chaotic, I am in my groove but my body, mind and spirit eventually suffer.

Catching myself feeding on adrenaline, here is my game plan for easing into a life of contentment:

  1. Meditate before my feet hit the floor.  I tend to jump out of bed with a burst of energy and do not stop until I crawl into bed 14 hours later.  Although I do meditate every day, it is often rushed through to get onto the next thing on my list.  By rolling over and taking that first really intentional breath, I am able to slip into an easy and open meditation before my mind has a chance to get busy. I set my intention of ease and balance for the day and I spend time with spirit and gratitude.
  2. Review my calendar. Five minutes looking at my day and setting a game plan for the day.  Knowing what is ahead is much calmer than getting the abrasive alerts on my phone, then reacting with a surprise that then causes a flurry of activity, which leads to more adrenaline and more chaos.
  3. Say no more often. Whether it is the extra trip to the grocery store for the unnecessary items or getting distracted on the internet.  It is imperative that I say no to the things that cause me to be late, rushed or stressed.  I tend to squeeze as many tasks as I can into the least amount of time. The result is I am often late and that feeling feeds the flurry of chaos.
  4. Practice, practice, and practice. Yoga is key for my mind, body and spirit to stay aligned.  Five minutes on my mat will alter most states of disorder. I have my mat rolled out and waiting most days, and I am learning to consistently go there for solace and to get grounded.
  5. Breathe.  Simple right?  Pause and breathe.  Often times just taking three really good breaths I am able to take the internal state of pandemonium and create a calm and serene feeling.  Watching the breath come in and watching the breath go out.  Affirming with each breath that all is well.

Check in with yourself and explore the possibility that your current lifestyle and pattern of chaos may be rooted in the addiction of adrenaline.  Look for ways that you can move away from the craving of disorder and into a dependence on contentment.


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No more sugar

My weight-loss journey and dedication to health began about nine years ago and throughout those years I have been a vegetarian eater, a paleo eater and a few things in between. The last two years I have eliminated most dairy, grains, some meats, legumes and a host of other items.  Through all the choices, I had held on to a belief that I needed wine and chocolate. Never in a zillion years would I have considered that I would not be eating cookies and dark chocolate regularly. A daily glass of wine, or two, was standard.  Until the last two months.

I have had a total of about three glasses of wine in the last two months. Up until I taste-tested a holiday cookie yesterday, I had been completely cookie and chocolate free.

Was it worth it? Not at all.  The cookie tasted horrible despite my family raving about its goodness.  Totally not worth it.

Our bodies are amazing in the their ability to adapt to what we put into them and how we nurture them. I have learned through this recent change that sugar is indeed a powerful addition that can be overcome.  Since ditching the sugar I have noticed clearer thoughts, better sleep, increased energy, and overall sense of well-being.  I was certain that before the wine and chocolate elimination I felt great, but it has become evident to me that now I feel really great. Clean, clear and no longer at the mercy of sugar.

Give it a try.  Really, give it a try.  You can get off the sugar drug and you can increase your vitality.  It is not easy but once you are over the withdrawal hump, it is amazing how easy it is to say no.