What does manure have to do with weight-loss??
Funny Question? Maybe! Let’s look at bit deeper. For years I have been saying I want to lose weight! Clothes don’t fit properly anymore, I struggle to bend over to do up my shoes, I feel unhealthy, I don’t like what I see in the mirror and feel unattractive to the opposite sex (I’ve been on my own for more than 10 years now!). Some good reasons there for losing weight – so why could I not get motivated? I have friends that pay out a lot of money to go to slimming classes and lose a bit (or a lot) of weight, I have friends that lose it and put it back on. I have friends that go around the supermarket with a bar code checker to see how many “bad” ingredients is in their foodstuff! All of these things are perhaps helpful in the psychological battle with weight loss. I am sure weight loss experts can tell you more about this but what really worked for me was a situation in my home that was perhaps the Universe answering my plea, that could have gone unnoticed if I hadn’t changed my thinking.
I live in a beautiful house on the edge of the New Forest, UK where horses roam freely, we have no traffic lights, no cars racing up the road at night and owls hooting are in plentiful supply. It’s very peaceful and fills all my needs for sacred space. My landlady owns two of her own horses and until recently the pooh was picked up daily by an old gentleman that lives over the road (this is a job that has to be done if you want healthy, happy, horses). However he had to stop doing this for health reasons and we found ourselves between pooh-pickers. It’s not the most desirable of jobs, it has to be done in all weathers, rain or shine, the wheelbarrow gets stuck in the mud and we have to duck under the electric fence (thankfully turned off during the day). Whilst waiting for a new pooh-picker to show, I took on the task of getting out there and just getting on with it – to help out in the interim.
Well, after day two I found I was enjoying myself. I was getting good, clean, country air, exercising my abs and lower back, legs, shoulders and arms. In fact the only part of me not exercising was my mind! Or perhaps my mind was getting a work-out too, as I was getting totally away with the fairies, (also known as horse flies), resting my mind from all the usual work stuff etc and allowing new energy to come in and ideas to form and take shape. The best ideas come to you when you are able to switch off for a while – that’s why meditation is SO good for you.
When first presented with the opportunity to pick up horse pooh, I felt a bit hoity-toity, as if such a job was beneath me! However, I managed to turn this on its’ head, started to think that the universe was giving me a solution to my weight-loss problem and I GET PAID FOR IT!! Imagine that, I am being paid to lose weight. Instead of paying out £50+ to join a gym, expending money travelling there, having towels and gym gear to wash every time I go, and probably expend money on a cuppa afterwards, I now just simply go out of my back door, grab the wheelbarrow and rubber gloves and go off with the fairies for an hour.
So, next time you are presented with something you really don’t want to do, maybe think about how it could be an answer to something you have been asking for – opportunity is everywhere if you just open your eyes. Maybe there are stables near you that needs someone to muck out the horses in return for a free ride (more exercise) on the horse. Turn it into something positive, sing a happy song and do the happy dance and remember that just about everything you do can evolve into something special if you let it. Stop blocking yourself with your negative thinking and have fun with those things you really don’t want to do.
Love, all ways