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Truthy Tuesday: Claiming Space- Upping Potential

{We do this weekly feature over on The Maven Circle called Truthy Tuesday different topics each week. We’d love to have people post their experiences around those topics on their own blogs too, to encourage more truthiness around blogland and openly talk about some of these things!}

Psst- Jena and I are switching back and forth week to week posting Truthy Tuesdays on the Maven Circle blog and on our personal blogs. Here’s where you can find Jena’s post about creating and claiming space in your life and mine is below.

What’s your space like? It matters, because the space you are in no doubt affects how you think and feel and vice versa. Today I’ve been thinking about how your body is yet another “space” that each of us occupy and the way it feels really has far reaching affects on how we think, how we live and what we believe about ourselves.

About a week ago I was working- co-hosting a sale and I hurt my back. It was really a combination of things: the cement floors, the constant stooping and standing to mark of booth spaces, the fact that I’ve been losing inches and my belly especially so I think my center of balance has shifted and all of this seriously hurt my lower back. It was actually so bad that I couldn’t get out of bed the day after the sale and is only now really beginning to feel fully healed.

I’ve been feeling so strong for weeks, like I’m invincible and then all of a sudden I’m hurt. Boom! Don’t pass go, don’t collect $200.

If you’ve been reading my blog I’ve been talking about how badass I’ve been feeling now for weeks.  I knew I’d be back to myself before long, so that wasn’t my concern. I took a break and allowed myself to heal, but the thing I didn’t expect is how much an injury can affect your confidence. This morning I went on my first run in a week and it took me about two hours to work up the gumption to do it.

As I took off on my run I thought, “What if I can’t run anymore? ” Then I thought, “You can do this!” And I DID do it. I ran for 20 minutes and walked for 30.

As I was coming off of my run I was considering how many of us get so attached to what we think we are capable of and often times it’s an UNDERestimate.

It takes so little to derail us- our bodies: due to an injury, illness, weight issues- or our minds: with fear, shame, or other negative emotions. This is why it’s so important to take as good of care of yourself as you can stand to. I say it like this for a reason. Sometimes taking care of yourself is great and sometimes it feels hard. So my suggestion is do the best you can stand to.

The more we don’t take care of our bodies, the more our mind continues to underestimate our potential and vice versa.

I was reminded today after my run that taking care of your “Space” – your mind and body-  opens you up to your true potential. So, I’m clearing out the you can’ts and polishing off the I cans.

Building yourself back up after an injury or any type of obstacle is pretty much necessary to fully get over it. It means overcoming the fear that you might hurt yourself again, or you could make some other sort of mistake. It means believing you’re capable in spite of conflicting evidence to the contrary.

Take care of your body. It’s the only place you have to live.

~Jim Rohn

I hope to have another 50 or 60 years in this “Place” so I will take the best care of every space I inhabit, whether it be my body or my home.

In truth, my home is a place I live that I’ve neglected at times in the past, just like I used to neglect my body by not exercising. It’s a place I’d like to invest more time in- clearing out and getting rid of old unnecessary items. I think now is the perfect time for that.

So, if you’ll excuse me, I’ve got some house cleaning, space care-taking and hopefully some more potential-making to do.

While I’m working on my spaces, how about yours? Is there any Place in your world where you could do a little more to care for yourself? What spaces are looking good in your world? Where are you already a rock star? Is there anything you can do to feel better or be more satisfied in your own spacewhether internal or external?



One Comment

  1. Posted September 5, 2012 at 4:29 am | #

    I like what you have to say about taking care of your body and conceptualizing it as a space. It’s funny how people think of their bodies as something to put up with or even take for granted. Even spiritually, people sometimes think of it as anti-holy. Yet, it is one of the main sources of our enjoyment of life. Also, it is important to think about how the body is an integral part of who we are. If we neglect it, we are really neglecting part of our selves, especially considering how the body reacts to our mental and emotional currents.

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