Breaking Patterns

We all have patterns in our lives that we would like to change. Sometimes we are aware of the patterns that need changing and sometimes they are subconscious and we do not realize these patterns. It first takes awareness before we can change anything. Some of our patterns that are not helpful in our life are easy to recognize such as eating foods that are not healthy for our body. We may know we should eat better but are not sure what to eat or don’t have the willpower to follow through. We may eat better for a few days or weeks and then fall back into our old patterns of eating. Some patterns are more subtle and we don’t always even recognize them. The other day I was driving and I was worrying about a million things, none of which I could control at that moment. I thought this pattern of thought is not helping me. I could feel the stress I was carrying in my body while worrying about things I couldn’t control, so I took a deep breath. I let it go. I recognized that all I really had was this moment where I was driving to my destination. In this moment everything was fine. I could feel my body relax. I could feel my mind relax. I took a few more deep breaths to remind me to be calm. I decided to trust that the things I was worrying about would work themselves out. I felt better! By having the awareness that all this worrying was not healthy for me, I was able to breathe and become calmer. This was so much healthier for my body and my mind. Emotion follows thought and when I reframed my thoughts in a positive way trusting that things would work out I felt myself going back into a place of being centered. So in order to change our patterns we first need to be aware of them. As far as eating, many times we eat in front of the tv mindlesslly not paying attention to what or how much we are eating and before we know it a whole bag of chips is gone! So, we want to pay attention to what we are eating, how it tastes and really enjoy each bite and have gratitude for the food we are eating. If we eat more slowly we will fill up faster, and eat less, so enjoy your meal. Be in the moment and bring that awareness to all areas in your life!

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