In this blogpost I would like to talk about the importance of connecting with our body. Not just plainly our physical body with its anatomy, but our body as an entrance to our psyche using it as an instrument to experience our feelings rather then dealing with feelings with our minds.
First I would like to check with you the following: "How much are you aware of what you are feeling in this moment in your body?"
If you can grab a chair, and sit straight with your feet on the floor, then close your eyes to shut down the impressions from the outside world and I invite you to pay attention to your breathing.
You do not need to relax or become serious. Just close your eyes, pay attention to your breathing without wanting to change it. Follow the natural flow of your breath and give yourself a few minutes to sink in and connect with your body.
As you might know, from this year I am formalizing my professional network with the people I am collaborating with behind the scenes. I am working together with Shay Klomp-Bueters, an integrative nutritionist who has her own practice called Contagiously Healthy. She works with clients of mine who have challenges where the right food consumption is key to tackle them.
She has been suffering from burn-out a while ago and she focussed, amongst other things, on food to restore the broken balance within herself. In this blog you can read her advice on what to eat or not to eat while you are recovering from burn-out.
It has been a while that I have written a blogpost. It is one of the things that I enjoy doing but it never seems to be on top of my priority list. As other activities always ask my attention first. Client sessions, administration tasks, taking care of my boys. These activities are in the category urgent & important. I seem not to be able to dedicate time to the not urgent important activities.
I see that I am not the only one facing that challenge. My clients face it, my friends and many others. We pay mainly attention to the things that are important and urgent but less time to those things we find important and not urgent. These terms come from Stephen Covey and he uses these terms for managing your time in an effective way.
How are you doing after the first two weeks of January? This is my first soulful conversation I am writing to you in this new fresh year. The topic I want to talk with you about is: "Where do you say yes to in 2017?", as it is the month of new beginnings, intentions and goal setting.
In 2016, I started with intentions like: "I want to create balance and well being." And "I want to stay fit and healthy to keep myself cancer free".
Thus, I started to train with a specialized cancer physiotherapist and went to see a nutritionist. So far so good. The first 9 months of 2016 these intentions gave me focus and a sense of: I am doing the right things to keep myself fit and healthy.
A few days ago I had my three month check up with my oncologist. At these check-ups my doctor looks at my blood to see if I am still cancer free. So every three months I go to the same hospital as were I was in april 2015 for 10 days.
Those 10 days were the most intense, powerful days of my then 38 years of existence. From the moment I heard I had cancer, I started to transform naturally in a sense of being where trust, vulnerability, ease and connectivity were present.
That experience gave me such inner strength and empowerment to go through the journey of western medicine. Being exposed to 8 chemo and immunotherapy treatments and 6 month blood thinner, antibiotics and Prednisolon intake. The transformation was an ingredient to be able to go through the western cures. In another blogpost I would like to write more about the effects of these medicine but not now.