This practice was extremely beneficial to me. I had an empty house and could fully concentrate without any interruptions. Since I began these practices I can feel a change in my health and well being. I wake up refreshed, no soreness or stiffness. I have more patience with myself and my children. I have also had several incidences where I could have allowed negative emotions to consume me but I think positive thoughts and am not overwhelmed with negativity. My brand new mini van was in a hail storm on Monday and I know I mentioned this already in my discussion post last week, but I wanted to make sure I explained how my focus was so different in this situation. I was really angry, upset, saddened by this event. The van has considerable damage and is going to take several weeks to repair. I quickly found some positive aspects of the situation so I would not be consumed by the negative emotions. I concentrated on those and was for the first time in my life I was not consumed by them, I could concentrate on nothing else before as the images, emotions and thoughts ran through my head. But this was very different. I was amazed how quickly I was able to refocus my attention on positive emotions. Thanks for these practices and I will continue to use them daily and train my mind.
The saying "one cannot lead another where one has not gone himself" brings true meaning to learning from experience. This is very important for a health and wellness professional because you are not going to be able to lead someone to be healthier if you are sick yourself. For example, I was abused as a child, so I can understand what a foster child is going through, I can relate. I have empathy for a child going through the same things. If I do not improve on my integral health and well being I will not be able to lead someone because I will be sick and not know how.