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Unqualified Unconditional Unlimited

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Words are powerful.

I know that to be true. And then sometimes, suddenly I am reminded all over again.

This week a long time friend commented on something I had posted on Facebook.  And her words stopped me in my tracks, because they “felt” so good.  “You are so good at dreaming”. A pat on the back is always nice, but what struck me most was the clarity of language.

Unqualified: Without reservation or limitation.

Here’s the deal: I spend a lot of time qualifying my language when I talk to myself and to others.  If I’m telling myself positive things I’m more likely to say “I am kind of good at” or “I sometimes am good at” or “I can be good at”.  And the difference in how those wishy washy statements feel compared to “you are good at” is huge.  Since I’m consciously and unconsciously talking to myself throughout the day, building some better language habits could really come in handy.  Unqualified language, that’s my goal.

Unconditional: Not limited in anyway, complete and absolute.

Two other times that specific language had a lasting impression on me come immediately to mind.  The first was a college acceptance letter (way back in 1986) that stated that they were pleased to offer me  “unconditional acceptance”.  Unconditional acceptance.  Now that’s something that was music to my angst filled teen self and is still beautiful to hear today.  I desire unconditional acceptance in this world.  I desire to FEEL unconditionally accepted. I want to love unconditionally and give unconditionally and be unconditional in my relationships.  I want to be unconditional in my resolve to go after my goals and dreams.

Unlimited: Boundless, infinite, vast.

Another time a single word got my attention was about 10 years ago when I was getting estimates for a new hot water heater.  One of the estimates was for a tankless system and came with a brochure offering an “unlimited supply of hot water”.  The other bids didn’t stand a chance.  (Yes, I’m an impressionable consumer, more on that here.) An unlimited supply.  Of hot water good.  For me.  Unlimited.  Limitless. That speaks directly to my soul.  Unlimited good, unlimited love, unlimited abundance, unlimited forgiveness, unlimited energy, unlimited ability – yes and yes please.

Unqualified, unconditional, unlimited – these words are big and broad and empowering.  Since I’m playing big this year, and reaching.  I want to be clear that I’m not “kind of” reaching or “sometimes” reaching.  I am committed to unqualified, unconditional, unlimited reaching.  

I’m going to be watching my internal and external dialogue – catching myself slipping into the old habit of the disempowering, qualifying language and correcting myself.  Because unqualified, unconditional, unlimited good is what I want for me and for everyone.

What words really speak to you?

 

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The Chains of Habit

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After being intimidated by yoga for many years, I took a deep breath and jumped into it this past winter.  From my first awkward and challenging beginner class, I was sold.  There is a lot that I love about my yoga practice – the way that it rapidly transformed my relationship with my body, the extreme mental concentration it requires, the community of people I am honored to spend 75 minutes with several times a week and the amazing gift of being completely focused in the present moment.

An added benefit is the thoughtful wisdom that is integrated into my days as a result of the opening thoughts shared at the beginning of each class. One of the recent themes that Kessiah at Bright Heart Yoga introduced was centered on the idea “The chains of habit can be too light to be felt until they are too heavy to be broken.”  Since hearing that, I have been on the lookout for the evidence of this in my own routines/habits, especially the routines and habits that are in line with where and who I want to be.

I have been creating a routine of drinking warmed water with lemon and cayenne first thing in the morning.  It’s been nearly a month and I had been doing it every day.  Then I missed a day, a single day.   Before I even noticed, 5 days had gone by and I hadn’t had it once.  Clearly, the chains of that habit were so light that I didn’t notice their absence one bit.

It strikes me that new habits and routines require extra protection and support while those chains get stronger.  Much like the way I would protect a young seedling by placing it in a favorable location, nurturing/feeding it and protecting it from being stepped on, nibbled on by some wildlife, or scorched by the sun.  Helping the chains of my habits grow strong requires that same vigilance:

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Placing them in a favorable location – keeping them in my line of sight where I won’t easily lose track of them.  One of my favorite ways to support myself in a new routine or habit is to track it.  I use a simple app on my phone and check things off as I do them.  This can also be as simple as leaving the new supplement or food out on the counter, leaving my sneakers by the front door, or the book on my bedside table.

Nurturing/feeding the habit – creating supportive thoughts and ideas around the habit that keep me on track.  What works for me is to create some joy or excitement about the new habit.   For starters, I like to have a clear idea of the short and long term results that I am intending from the new habit – the why.  And the why has to be better than “I should drink more water” or “it’s good for me”.  Not a lot of spice in those thoughts.  So I like to dig deeper – to things like “more energy” or “better skin” or “radically improve my relationships” (you get the idea).  And then, because I like carrots WAY better than sticks – I like to build in added incentives or little treats. When I started increasing my daily water intake, I treated myself to a glass water bottle which made those initial days a lot more fun because I was loving that water bottle and bringing it with me everywhere I went. 

Protecting the habit – ensuring that the young habit is safe from sabotage.  Many of the new habits that I create are replacing other habits that are no longer in line with where I am headed. So it is important for me to be sure that access to the old habit isn’t going to get in the way of the new habit and squash my efforts.  When I replaced morning caffeine with warm lemon cayenne water, I tossed the coffee that was in house put the coffee pot away in the back of a cabinet.  I also protected my new habit from the nibbles of others by only sharing the routine change with people who I knew would be supportive because when I hear “what’s one cup of coffee going to hurt?” too many times I tend to lose focus on my why and become derailed.  And finally, scorch protection for me means that I don’t embark on a massive overhaul but make fine tuning changes on a regular basis.  I am likely to burnout and give up on all of my new plans if I embark on a dozen new habits at once.  What I have found works for me is to be continually adding one or two more minor shift into my days, gradually correcting my course and continually bringing myself into line with where I am headed.

My seedling habits right now are my yoga practice (3x a week), blogging (2x a week), lemon/cayenne water (every day) and blocking out dedicated work time (as opposed to fitting working in between folding laundry, walking the dog, driving to baseball practice and starting dinner). What habits/routines are you currently working on adding into your life? What helps you forge a strong chain of habit?

Marney

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