This week I have been reminded of what happens when I get too busy and I let my mindfulness practices slip. Stupid stuff starts to happen!
For example, Monday morning I poured an old bottle of Psyllium power (a heart health supplement I bought and never took) down the garbage disposal and it turned into a gelatinous mass that clogged both sides my double kitchen sink. I’m laughing as I write this. It was like a scene out of the movie “The Blob”. It just kept growing and coming at me from the drains! (What does that do inside the body. Yikes!) Even as I poured it into the disposal, I knew it was a mistake. I was just too tired and mindless to care. I had good intentions. I was pouring it down the disposal so I could recycle the plastic bottle. I ended up having to call my handyman to come by, snake the drain, and take apart the pipes under the sink to remove the massive mess.
Then Tuesday night I was running around barefoot, trying to get too much done before bed, and I stubbed my pinky toe. I heard a bone in the top of my foot break. My foot is swollen and black and blue. The resulting physical limitations and annoyance in my life could have been avoided…I was going about my days mindlessly!
I see both of these incidents as a wake up call. For a week, I had forgotten to live mindfully! I had gotten too tired. I had stopped meditating. I stopped setting daily intentions. I get to take a look at what happened and learn from this.
I had just launched a new website. I’d traveled to Bethesda, Maryland for a two day National Institute of Mental Health meeting about future research for Binge Eating Disorder. I flew home Friday night. Then on Saturday I drove 3 1/2 hours to see friends, have dinner, and then I drove back to Cincinnati on Sunday in time to get my dogs at the Kennel before they closed for the day. Whew! That was followed by a full week with coaching clients and more work on the website.
Overwhelmed, I did not make the time to do my “Willingness List” (A Weigh Out Empowerment Tool #4). It still amazes me how changes in my routine can still get me off track. One mindless act leads to another. For example, I used being busy as an excuse for not exercising. And, while I’m normally vigilant about making sure I have healthy food in my house, my frig became bare and my eating got sloppy. Mindlessness breeds mindless eating!
RESET! I chose to go back to my self-determined mindful routines. I feel better! Lesson learned!
What gets you off your “mindfulness” track?
Ellen Shuman is a Life Coach who specializes in empowering people who are working on emotional and binge eating recovery. She is the founder of A Weigh Out & Acoria Eating Disorder Treatment, President of the Binge Eating Disorder Association (BEDA), and Co-Chair of the Academy for Eating Disorders Special Interest Group on “Health at Every Size”, firstname.lastname@example.org