More Healthy Habits or 22 More Ways I Show My Love for Myself
So, just like when you get a new car and all of a sudden you see so many more of them; working on Healthy Habits has made me more aware of mine. I missed quiet a few in the last post.
I have found some ability to retrace my steps, so to speak, to find the original habits and triggers. I have done so much self-healing and unfortunately did not keep a time-line or details of much of my progress.
- The first habit I remember consciously programming for myself was eliminating shallow, mouth breathing and replacing it with nasal and abdominal breathing.
- Journaling was a great Healthy Habit (and personal transformation tool) during the many years I was struggling with my personal evolution. I am always writing, but now it’s for others more than myself. I still rely on it when I need to vent or work through an issue.
- For an injury that doesn’t fit with Louise Hay’s or Karol Truman’s mental/emotional patterns, (You Can Heal Your Life and Feelings Buried Alive Never Die respectively) I will examine: What is this injury preventing me from doing? What is the message?
Slow down and pay attention to ‘me’ is a common message!
4. As I have recognized that I am someone who requires more alone time than most people, I have learned that in order to maintain any semblance of mental and physical health, I needed to make time for me. My mother modeled to me the understanding that self-care wasn’t selfish. (Thanks Mom!)
5. This one has been going on possibly the longest: Singing and dancing (more like bouncing) while doing dishes and showering. (Bouncing is good for the lymphatic system! And it’s fun!)
6. One of my favorites: Opening the candle/incense cabinet and the essential oils box trigger deep breathing; breathing in the clam scent created by the mingling of assorted scents. Then quickly opening it and closing it to fan the scent out into the room. The smell is heavenly!
7. Getting a Gaiam Balance Ball Chair (Black)at my desk immediately inspired stretching and more consistent good posture.
Pain often triggers habits and awareness for the changing of habits:
8. The day after a full day of home improvement projects, my lower lip was numb. I recognized that I was using biting my lower lip while focusing on fine-motor work. (This is one of many oral stabilization techniques people use.)
9. I recognized my sleeping teeth-clenching through a self-diagnosis and this moved me to train myself to use the normal at-rest mouth position.
Gratitude and Mental Blessings
- On occasion, I go around looking at each gift in my house and sending mental blessings out to the person each gift is from. I think this is what I’ve heard referred to as a “rampage of gratitude.”
- Certain songs trigger memories of certain people from which I have created the habit of sending them mental blessings at that time.
- Sending mental blessings to every new name that comes into my awareness: every new subscriber, facebook page like, comment, share, etc.
- I have consciously created a trigger for hearing or seeing names and linking them to people I have or do know, and then sending them mental blessings. I use street and business signs, housing development names, and reading the credits of a movie.
- Giving gratitude for things before they stop working and when they do. (The latter came first!) Using the ‘on’ button, would be a good trigger.
- Writing thank you on water bottles and on spikes to put in plants.
- Thanking the water as I fill drinking containers (and inconsistently when I am drinking and chewing.)
- I did write “I love you” on myself a couple times. (Definitely due to What the bleep?)
Gratitude and Pain
- Inconsistently, I give gratitude for instantaneous healing.
- Also inconsistently, I give gratitude to and for the body part or affected system-parts. [This has actually helped every time I've done it when I had an urgent need to pee! Laugh if you will, it works!]
- Breathing into pain as it occurs.
- When I recognize frustration at having to wait for a page to load or any other forced waiting.
- Using breathing techniques for headaches – only after checking cervical- spinal alignment.
There are other mental/thought habits I adopted that led to the beneficial skills of not taking things personally, not assuming and not having expectations.
Some habits were created (modeled, taught, or invented) as coping strategies. But what began as a helpful coping strategy may have become an unhealthy, unproductive habit. You are now aware enough to find a more constructive strategy.
I am truly grateful that breathing in the smell and blessing the rain have become habits for me since it has been raining so much!
May you perceive and receive all your blessings.
I have so many others *and I’m sure will come up with even more, so if these are helping inspire you and you want more, let me know. I have also recently committed to A Course In Miracles, so I suspect some more of my habits might be changing. [Although this Amazon link is to the paperback copy I bought, if you are interested in ACIM, I would like to recommend you purchase a hardcover version. It's a thick book and the pages are very thin and hard to turn sometimes.]May you perceive and receive all your blessings. With Much Love, Rev. Michele P.S. Don\'t forget to support Return Love.