What if we realised that the smallest detail can start a tide of change that has a monumental impact on our lives?
I took a cushion into work at the beginning of this term and it sits on my chair.
The ripple effect of this has been amazing. Every time I sit down I am reminded that I took this care, and my body appreciates it. I have set a foundation that says: if I am prepared to take this care, then surely I must go to the bathroom when my body says I need to, rather than override and soldier on, calling on my bladder to cope with undue strain. Surely I can have a sip of water when my body says ‘water please’, rather than ignore the signs until I am parched. Surely I can wear shoes that support and love my feet through a whole day at work (purpose and weather appropriate). Surely I can put a scarf on before I go out on duty on a windy day . . .
And then suddenly, as if by surprise, I realise that my relationship with myself is totally different. No longer in the habit of overriding what my body is asking, I am actually taking care of myself, and the smallest things – like just now letting my shoulders drop and open as I type – brings me back to a solid foundation that says ‘lots to do’, but now in a respected, cared-for body that can more than handle the load.
The whole point being that one act of self-care sets in motion many more, not as ‘to dos’, but as natural responses to a developing, listening relationship with my body.
One cushion, one appreciative bottom . . . and I am ready to serve!