To go deeper, some people read. For me, I found an easier entry point in podcasts. As someone that often feels pressed for time, the thought of reading books on spirituality felt a bit decadent to me. How to find that time? And how to give myself the permission to create that time when so many other things beckon for my attention.
And, like many middle-aged women, I've found that if I don't make movement a REGULAR part of my life, the weight pours on (let's not talk about that muffin top that won't go away no matter what I do!). I've also noticed my anxiety levels go way up if I don't move. Now, I am not a "jock", sports and running have never been my thing. But I am fortunate enough to live among nature.
So I take my iPhone and earbuds on a walk in the redwoods while listening to some of my favorite inspiring podcasts:
1) Good Life Project
2) Oprah's Super Soul Conversations
3) Happier with Gretchen Rubin
4) Heart Wisdom Podcast with Jack Kornfield
And I feel "full" after listening to them. I also listen to them in the car. What a great way to start my day... where I might start on my commute to work already feeling the stress of a speeded-up life, I listen to these wonderful conversations and I feel like that forgotten part of me is being honored. And it sets an intention for my day. And the more I listen, the more I sink deeper, the less I feel like I need permission to live a whole-hearted life.
Sometimes it starts with these small changes, these new habits. At a retreat I was at recently, this metaphor was mentioned that I find myself holding on to: imagine a ship that changes it's course by only one degree... over time, that ship ends up on a very different course than it started. And all it took was one degree. The baby steps.