Manifesting True Success Day 4: A Successful Body Danielle Rogers March 19, 2015 Enlightenment, Spirituality, Words of Wisdom Manifesting True Success is a 21-Day Guided Meditation created by Oprah Winfrey & Deepak Chopra, to learn more click here. “A healthy body and a sound mind are necessary to achieve success in life.” — Yajur Veda Our body is our primary supporter and ally for all the success we make in life. To be our solid foundation of success, our body must be aligned with the present moment, and with our goals, our values, and our loves. For that we must free the body from the false images the media and society tell us is the ideal body. Those external standards of youthful beauty and attractiveness are not the criteria for a successful body. For your body to be a true ally in a successful life, it only needs to support your wellbeing. That means not only general physical health, but also a sense of energy and lightness that upholds your awareness in the present moment with alertness, receptivity, and creativity. You can have this kind of a body if you treat it as a dear and trusted friend. If you make choices for your body on this basis, your body will take care of your wellbeing and that will express itself as a successful life. Manifesting True Success is a 21-Day Guided Meditation created by Oprah Winfrey & Deepak Chopra, to learn more click here. CENTERING THOUGHT: I gain lightness and energy from my body. SANSKRIT MANTRA: Om Ram Ramaya (Perfect balance energizes my body). 1.) Today’s meditation encourages us to relate to our body as a trusted friend to ensure it supports our success. Write about how you can better listen to your body and respond to its signals when it’s hungry, tired, or stressed. More times than not we know what our body needs and what it doesn’t. If it isn’t for actual physical sensations like our stomachs growling, feeling exhausted, or becoming ill, more times than not our intuition gives us nudges attempting to guide us in the right direction. It’s not that the signs aren’t there but more so the fact that we choose to ignore them. I’ve gotten a lot better at listening to my body as I’ve gotten more in tune with myself spiritually. There are times where I ignore feelings of hunger or push myself beyond my limits when it comes to rest but I have been able to get better with monitoring stressors and not placing myself in situations that bring stress into my life. 2.) List three things you can do to be a protective friend to your body and minimize stresses and toxins it may be exposed to. I’ve been in the habit of eating clean as a whole for well over a year and have managed to turn it into a lifestyle although I could more disciplined. I notice the changes in not only my body but myself as well. I know I’m not big on exercise so being conscious of what I put into my body has made a huge difference in my life. Not drinking as much as I once did has also made a huge difference in my life. Cutting back on drinking alcohol wasn’t an abrupt decision but more so a gradual side effect of me growing and obtaining a true sense of self and happiness. When I drank a lot my life was chaotic and my body was unhealthy. I had inner turmoils and a lot of pain that I didn’t know how to deal with so I self medicated. At this point I often don’t even have a desire to drink and I can not only see but feel the difference in myself physically and mentally. I really could exercise more. 3.) Knowing that your body likes regular rhythms for eating, sleeping, meditating, and exercising to help it maintain balance, what adjustments in your routine can you adopt to support your biorhythms? I used to tell myself that being free meant a lack of structure and that’s how I lived my life. As I’ve gotten older and a little more experienced I’ve come to know that being free is a mentality not an action or lack thereof. With freedom comes responsibility and with responsibility comes structure. Structure is necessary. I used to renounce planners and adhering to schedules but now I use a planner to not only organize my business but my personal life as well. Keeping a schedule with my work has allowed me to become more organized in my personal life. I prioritize things and I don’t veer from my schedule unless it is something edifying and potentially productive that can enhance my life in a positive way. 4.) Daily Reflection: When I was emotionally broken and spiritually depleted my mind and my body suffered tremendously. I drank excessively and ate poorly. I rarely slept due to stress and it was evident in my physical appearance. When I made a conscious effort to will myself out of that dark place my spirit lifted and I began to truly see myself again. I had to cleanse myself emotionally and reshape my mentality. Upon doing those things a lot of my poor habits subsided and my physical began to match my spirit. I am not where I want to be physically but I also could do some work in that arena. I have lost 20 or so pounds just by choosing to work on myself. It started with my spirt and my mind and then I began eating clean. I would exercise here and there but lack of stress and just being happy can make all the difference in your life. I still have work to do physically as I want to live a long and fulfilling life but as for now my main concern is balance. I have to do better with implementing sleep into my schedule and get out of the notions that I am not working hard enough. More times than not I am on my computer for well over 12 hours in a day cumulatively either working for myself or others. It’s like you want to accomplish so much and you want to keep progressing but without the proper rest your work will suffer. I vow to take better care of myself in all regards. It’s okay to get tired and it’s necessary to rest. My desire is to have balance in my life and live a healthy and happy life. Manifesting True Success is a 21-Day Guided Meditation created by Oprah Winfrey & Deepak Chopra, to learn more click here.