The Power of Awareness

I’ve heard it said, (with a little Southern drawl), “You can’t fix it if you don’t know it’s broke.” And so it is with awareness. Often, it’s not until you have the contrast that you become aware. For example, imagine for a moment that it’s Friday and you’ve had a high-stress week, with appointments back-to-back, very full days, and each night you’ve collapsed into bed, exhausted. Now, fast forward and imagine it’s Saturday and you’ve just emerged from a luxurious full-body massage, complete with hot stones and aromatic essential oils. How are you feeling now? What do your shoulders, head and neck feel like as compared to before the massage? Different, huh?! I can remember years ago my massage therapist would coach me during our sessions. He’d say “Relax your shoulders, Debra.” “I am” I’d reply. “No, you’re not. They’re up around your ears!” An hour later I’d saunter into the lobby, like a wet noodle. “Ohhhhhh, now I get it! So that’s how my shoulders are supposed to feel!” Sometimes you don’t realize how far off track you’ve gotten. My own awareness was raised when earlier this month I decided to try a new way of eating – the “Eat for Your Blood Type Diet”. I didn’t do it primarily to lose weight (although that would be a nice side benefit!) but more to see if I’d notice a difference in the way I felt, especially in my energy level and afternoon “brain fog”. I was also curious to see if my “belly bloat” would diminish. I have noticed a shift lately and have attributed it to getting...