Spirit Summer 2011 National : Page 3
four> Practice grace and balance. The very first thing to go as we age is our balance, and that makes us feel like we can’t challenge our bodies, and we can’t go out and do things that we’ve done that make us feel healthy and useful. To maintain your grace and balance, take ballet lessons, walk with a book balanced on your head, or take Pilates or yoga classes. Anything that gives you a sense of balance physically will give you a sense of balance emotionally, and those two things really are closely connected. We welcome the light-filled summer season as a space of welcome time to play, to explore, to take a vacation, to fill up our lives with fun activities, families and friends. Don’t neglect your INWARD life in this outdoor season. five> Approve of yourself unconditionally. This is sometimes the hardest thing to do. As children, we learn to give more value to what others think of us than to what we think of ourselves. No matter what kind of negativity you’re feeling about things going on in your life, take a few moments to pat yourself on your back every day—literally. Physically acknowledging yourself for the good you do releases feel good endorphins that help develop self-esteem and love.
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