A few weeks ago, I posted a survey to various skating communities to get a feel for what pain folks are experiencing. I’m working on an article for FiveonFive magazine, and the editors asked me to write about food and nutrition.
It’s a great topic, and something I’m deeply passionate about. It’s what the 100 Reasons To Lose 100 Pounds journey is all about!
Students at the yoga studio and several leagues have also been asking about nutrition advice, and you know…any coach/nutrition specialist can spout best practices, macro nutrients, body necessities and such. Our training goes into all those details and we cover a bit of the behaviors that inspire why we eat like crap, but there’s not a lot of focus on strategies and suggestions to address that underlying cause.
Which, by the way, is a HUGE deal.
If our brains won’t allow us to make clear and objective decisions regularly, how the hell are we supposed to eat properly? Wo/man doesn’t thrive on willpower alone (willpower was actually covered in Stress Buster #1, so we’ll get to that!).
So, as I work on the content for the article, I’m sending daily emails to the folks who filled out the nutrition survey.
The first three posts were about habits that help us generate more energy without resorting to outside influences.
Energy Hack #1 is about learning how to optimize breathing.
Energy Hack #2 covers stretching – and hey! It includes breathing!
Energy Hack #3 is all about positive action. Forget the woo-woo bullshit; these are REAL, tested, functional practices!
Our next topic is stress elimination/reduction/management. Here we go – STRESS BUSTERS!
This now brings us to Stress Buster #2! This stress busing tip is another one that is seemingly so simple it could easily be passed over as being dumb. However, if masters of mindfulness and meditation use it to keep their shit together, why can’t we? We all start somewhere, so today, start with this moment. Right now.
Stress busting tip #2 – Be fully present
We are either Now Here or Nowhere. “Now here” or “Nowhere.” Interesting, isn’t it, how the only difference, really, is a little extra space. – Baron Baptiste
Day in and day out, our minds are bombarded with ongoing, repetitive thoughts, many of which never come into reality. We spend so much time and cranial real estate on imaginations, many of them harmful to ourselves (as negative thinking always is), and it robs us of the gift of the present.
As these thoughts arise, just acknowledge them and recalibrate your present-mind. Focus on something and appreciate it. The way a leaf sways in the breeze. A dog’s wagging tail. A child’s giggle. The miracle of the breath filling your nose, your lungs, and chest, bringing fresh oxygen to your cells. How a shirt falls on your back.
By staying present, you allow yourself to see the gifts of now. Now is all there is. Everything else is a fantasy.
Spend a few moments with yourself today. Even if it’s for only five minutes, give yourself enough space to be comfortable, and enough time to take a few deep breaths and focus. Find stillness, and just allow yourself to breathe, experience, and to be. Our minds wander. It’s what they do. Find the spaces in between where you can just BE. It’ll happen, just keep practicing!
The most powerful sentence in the English language is also the shortest – I am. Just be. I am. Just breathe. I am. Be present.
Everything you want to be, you already are. Everything you want to have will be yours. By staying present, you’ll see the world around you in a brighter light, and as you witness the greatness swell up inside of you, you’ll see it everywhere around you.
As you stay present, know that you *are* present, and that you are a gift!
Go forth and continue being brilliant, and let your light shine!