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Just published: Martha Treat #186
I Love January
I love January. I feel spacious at the beginning of the year. It’s like starting over with a clean slate and I am energized as I close out the previous year—go through my annual checklist, toss what I haven’t used in a year, and of course (as I have shared before) move furniture and things around as inspired.
This January I had the chance to move into full gear to support myself in staying healthy in order to work nine days in Boston with clients. As with any new incoming information the first step is to see the end result you are wanting to experience. In my case on the first indication (body aches) that something might be moving into my body, I set a very clear intention for the outcome to be easily delivering the work. Then I set about doing the next actions that I know of to prevent the flu from taking hold. Some of these included the daily use of a Neti pot, steaming with essential oils (pretty funny in a hotel sink) and sweating baths with Epsom salts (only showers at this hotel). My intention and the daily actions did the trick. Even with minus 7 degrees weather during the Bomb Cyclone blizzard in Boston, I stayed symptom-free. And honestly, the fun of the blizzard felt healing.
The day after arriving home the symptoms started creeping in again. I reset my clear intention for my body to be free of flu symptoms. My focus was keeping my lungs and sinuses clear. I also added a couple extra hours of sleep each night. All was well until day nine when I started feeling more symptoms. The clear next action was to reschedule my LA client to support my body’s healing. In the past, I would have pushed and driven to LA. I listened and rescheduled. The new symptoms did not settle in.
During this 3 week process, I kept returning to my intention when I was tired and didn’t feel like taking the actions, felt I didn’t have time to take them or I felt better and thought I could skip them. That focus kept me on track. I was able to stay current with my work with minimal low-grade symptoms. My body is now doing well and I am still continuing to do the preventative measures.
Clear intention with awareness and focus works and listening to my internal wisdom initially kept me out of bed. I also kept reminding myself that the actions of moving, acting, doing and participating with what is present are the essence of completing. I had fun with the process, made it a game and felt triumphant in the end. Was it a little inconvenient? Of course. And clearly, it was worth the investment in me.
And I still love January.
1. Stay aware listening to what needs your attention.
2. Take the needed action steps to handle what is presented.
3. With this last week of January do your thorough annual review.
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Treat #176 All the Time in the World
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Treat #165 Day is Done
Treat #164 Do-Nothing Time
Treat #163 Curbside Calm
Treat #162 Pile-Up
Treat #161 Gentle Doing
Treat #160 Freedom in the Discipline
Treat #159 Finding New Routes
Treat #158 Keeping the Awe Alive
Treat #157 "Finishiative"
Treat #156 The Exquisite Sound of the Moment
Treat #155 Up-to-the-minute
Treat #154 Uninviting Interruptions
Treat #153 What's bugging you
Treat #152 Competing Attention
Treat #151 Our Inner Awareness
Treat #150 Spontaneously Fresh and Alive
Treat #149 Without the Push
Treat #148 100% With...
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Treat #146 What is Pulling on Your Attention?
Treat #145 Gathering Ourselves Out of Overwhelm
Treat #144 Wonderings – Another Kind of Incomplete
Treat #143 Asking – A New Form of Delegating
Treat #142 Split Attention Payback
Treat #141 Getting All the Way In To Doing
Treat #140 Willingness to Look
Treat #139 Follow Yourself Around
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