“Enhance the health of your breasts by creating a healthy balance between nurturing yourself and others.”
Dr. Christiane Northrup
During our “Pink Month”, along with supporting women battling breast cancer and honoring those no longer with us, lets take a moment to evaluate how much time and energy we are allowing for ourselves. Please remember, taking time for yourself is not selfish, it’s sanity. As the flight attendants say, “Put the air mask on yourself first and then those around you.” There have been times in my life when the only nurturing I could give myself was during my commute to and from work. Make the most of small pockets of time when life gets that crazy-turn the radio off and enjoy the peace & quiet in your car, repeat positive mantras to yourself, smile about what truly makes you happy, think about something funny and giggle.
Balance- It’s a struggle but it’s worth striving for!
Why did I feel the need to post this portion of Chimamanda’s speech? It is to remind all of us how absolutely unique and special we are! Even though we are works in progress, we all possess amazing gifts and talents. We should stand tall, proud and confident. Never lessening ourselves in fear of intimidating others. Quite honestly, that’s their issue. If they are intimidated, it is because they were intimidated by your mere presence, you did not go out of your way to intimidate.
Spread your wings and fly!
Excerpt from a speech given by Nigerian author and activist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie on TEDx Talk:
“We teach girls to shrink themselves,
to make themselves smaller.
We say to girls,
‘You can have ambition,
but not too much.
You should aim to be successful,
but not too successful.
Otherwise you will threaten the man.’
Because I am female,
I am expected to aspire to marriage.
I am expected to make my life choices
always keeping in mind that
marriage is the most important.
Now marriage can be a source of
joy and love and mutual support.
But why do we teach to aspire to marriage
and we don’t teach boys the same?
We raise girls to see each other as competitors –
not for jobs or for accomplishments,
which I think can be a good thing,
but for the attention of men.
We teach girls that they cannot be sexual beings
in the way that boys are.
Feminist: the person who believes in the social,
political and economic equality of the sexes.”
Full speech: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hg3umXU_qWc
If we keep racing, we will never be available to listen.
If we keep racing, we will find ourselves presented with life pausing events, illnesses, injuries, etc.
Before you are made to pause, take a “microwave minute” and focus on your breath. Four second breath in and four second breath out. I try to do this every time I heat food in my microwave and when I get into my car. I am not saying you will be hit with an enormous revelation by practicing this, but you will be amazed by what that quiet time will do for you.
*If you are in the middle of a “Life Pause”, know that it is an opportunity to assess yourself. Look at your current self. What habits, associations, personal thoughts need to be altered in order to bring you more in line with the woman you have visualized?
Click on this link and allow your restless brain a moment of peace: