This week I woke to the realisation that July is half over and I have failed to establish the summer habits which are so sustaining (in this instance regular time for walking and mountain time) and which are normally part of the summer months.
Travel – Fire – Rain – Cloud – draws a timeline which partly explains it but there is more to the question:
How do we stop ourselves doing the things that are good for us or that we enjoy most?
When I dug down I uncovered the following myth:
You have to go to the mountains immediately after breakfast or, preferably, before
it’s too hot otherwise
there are thunderstorms every afternoon (in the light of climate change that also now seems a myth)
So the syllogism in my head was running:
a) you have to go to the mountains first thing in the morning
b) you have a client on Friday morning
You cannot go to the mountains on Friday
After uncovering myths the obvious thing is to dispel them. So AFTER seeing my client I went to the mountains; I was on the trail at 11.30am, at my favourite destination lake
And it didn’t rain.
What are the good habits you would like to establish?
Write about the ways you sabotage yourself and prevent yourself from doing what is good for you. What are some of your myths?
Using the present tense, write about a time when you did something that was good for you. Then reflect on the following: how did you feel? (Physically, emotionally, intellectually)