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Baby Steps


Article Posted by Sherri Sacconaghi, April 1st, 2012



I eat healthy, exercise and do my best to live a healthy life. But there is one thing I have always struggled with. I cannot slow my mind.


Part of living a healthy life is to slow down, calm the mind and live in the moment. Acts of this kind have shown to reduce stress, and promote an overall feeling of well being. Easy right? Not for me.


I am one of those people who like to go, go, go. I like my workouts to be fast and furious. Yoga is a slow torture for me. I race from one activity to another but efforts to meditate last about 10 seconds before my mind starts to wander to my” to do” list for that day. But spending a few minutes everyday to be quiet is important to overall health and well being so I keep trying.


This challenge has been good for me. It reminds me that not everything that comes easily to me comes easily for everyone. Eating healthy is a challenge for some people. Fitting exercise in a busy day seems impossible to others. And meditation is difficult for me.


I tell my clients to start with baby steps. Once they experience how great it feels to eat healthier or add exercise into their day, it makes it easier to keep going. I’ve had people go from no veggies to a healthy vegetarian they feel so great. I know the same can happen to me. Baby steps. Five minutes everyday of just sitting quietly and being in the moment is my goal.


I practiced this on my recent vacation. It was the perfect setting to inspire me. A Buddha statue overlooking the ocean in a tropical breeze. I started my day there every morning for 5 minutes. I loved it. Okay, I was on vacation, which made it easier to calm my mind, but having the experience of being mindfully quiet for one week, caused to me feel the effect. I felt energized after those 5 minutes. I felt more patient during the day. It reminded me to be grateful for the good things in my life, things I often take for granted as I rush through my day. It gave me a taste of what an ongoing practice of meditation might offer for me. It has motivated me to continue this quiet time at home. Just like adding fruit and veggies into a diet takes practice to make it a habit, so does being mindfully quiet. So I will keep trying.


Not everything comes easy when trying to live a healthy life, but like many things worth doing, the benefits are often worth the time an effort. What do you want to add to your life?


Posted by: Sherri Sacconaghi
Certified Health Coach and Personal Fitness Trainer
Ph: 503 621 7549
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