BEing Your Emerging Self
I’m ready to start living life to the fullest. This line seems so cliché as it seems to be the latest buzz concept. Why might this matter? Sometimes I can be a bit of an “evolution” snob. ROTFL; ultimately, SO WHAT if anyone or everyone else is focusing on this? It’s MY priority.
To me, “living life to the fullest” has to be based on an internal shift of belief as well as actions. That’s where this comes in.
Recently I was realizing that I really want to increase my water intake and keep that consistent, day-to-day. Years ago, I heard that it’s important to drink half of your body weight in ounces in water; and to match an additional 2 ounces of water for each ounce of caffeine consumed. Although I share this concept regularly, I’ve yet to achieve it myself.
THEN, I recently heard a twist on this which was paradigm-shifting …. What I heard is that the break-even point of water consumption is the half your body weight in ounces; and that if you really want to fuel your body properly, you’d up that by 20-30%. Think about this …. the MINIMUM amount of water to consume is half your body weight in ounces; NOT that this is the ideal goal. That’s another 20-30 PERCENT.
This was one of those life-changing moments …. A “kerplunk” moment …. All of the things I suggest to people, I share about, I coach people to embrace and that I am not living myself …. came front and center for me.
Combined with the regular discussions I have with close friends on evolving including fun concepts such as “being versus doing,” “living who we are,” “living from the present” …. I shifted to ….
IT IS TIME to start putting into action those day-to-day activities which support what I believe in, and support my emerging self … who I truly am versus where I’ve been living from.
Concurrent taking action is continuing to do the inner work which clears the way to make the action easier to integrate into my day-to-day life. Want to know more about the inner work, and where many find themselves right now? If so, check out Angela Coulter’s recent discussion around this via her “Living the Shift” livestream/podcast.
I started thinking of the different elements I’ve been exploring, am interested in making part of my regular “don’t need to think about it” activities ….. I realized the perfect acronym for me is “Dragonfly” as that’s a personal totem for me. I have dragonflies in various forms all over my home, yard, vehicle, clothes. Dragonflies represent transformation, change, lightness, flexibility, self-awareness, power. Just recently, I was traveling and came across dozens and dozens of Dragonflies in various fields. I took this as a very profound sign and message. I loved seeing how integrated they are into the environment which reminded me of how I’d like self-care activities to be in my life. You can see a video of the lovelies here: Being Your Emerging Self ~ Dragonflies.
Here’s what I identified as the actions of being I am now integrating into my daily life to reflect and support me:
D = Direct your thoughts, starting with when you wake up … set your intention for the day
R = Renew yourself through meditation, quiet time, etc.
A = Ask for guidance ~ such as “Show me the way” (credit to Nommy)
G = Gratitude ~ express gratitude in every moment, every thing
O = Oxygenate ~ I use a BEMER, breathe deep, yoga; however you do it, it works
N = Now ~ live from the present now, in each situation
F = Fuel yourself through a minimum of half your body weight in ounces of water plus 20-30%
L = Listen to connect ~ Look around you to observe ~ Live from Love
Y = You ~ Make yourself a priority as a reflection of your commitment to you
“With every act of self-care your authentic self gets stronger, and the critical, fearful mind gets weaker. Every act of self-care is a powerful declaration: I am on my side, I am on my side, each day I am more and more on my own side.”
~ Susan Weiss Berry
This is how I’m choosing to support my emerging self. What supports your emerging self?
I invite you to join me and others in allowing and supporting your emerging self so that you too can choose to live your life from being your emerging self.
With curiosity and gratitude,