Stretching Myself: Body, Mind and Soul

“Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature’s peace will flow into you
as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you,
and the storms their energy, while cares will drop off like autumn leaves.”

~John Muir

It’s the beginning of August and even though summer took a while to get here in the Northwest, I’m loving that it is finally here.

I am a summer lover and refer to its essence as “summertime mode,” which plays an important role in connecting into our innate playful nature; definitely a stress reliever!

This summer I decided to stretch myself out of my physical comfort zone and now am almost ready to leave for my long prepared John Muir Trail hike in the Sierras in California.

john muir trailI’ll be hiking about 60-70 miles or so of it. My amazing husband is planning on doing the entire 221 miles and more given some of the side trails he needs to take for re-supplies and rest stops!

I’m looking forward to it, but also am quite aware that I may have times of struggles.
I may wonder “what the heck was I thinking?”

That’s when I’ll need to STOP and assess where that type of thinking is going to take me, which is probably down some awful tunnel of distress!

That’s when I’ll need to really connect with my more elevated mind.

You know, that part that doesn’t relinquish to the doubt. That part that knows “I can do this.” The part that taps into remembering all the preparation and strengths that reside within.

It’s that part that calls to us to remember that where we put our focus is where our energy will go. I know I don’t want my energy used up feeling like a victim full of self-pity! That’s draining and will only add to the struggle.

So, I will lean back into my vision, the one that called to me to do this journey, to stretch myself physically, mentally and emotionally.

I will call upon that vision to ground me into seeing the beauty all around me, being ever so present to the moment I have right then and there.

And, as I pack up for this amazing trip, this is what I am committed to:

  • Staying present and enjoying what Mother Nature has to show me
  • When I find myself struggling mentally and physically-STOP and assess where my mind is taking me, shift out of doubt and fear and into my inner resources in order to regain my grounding so I can be mindful, focused and in-joy

Sharing my commitment with you helps hold me accountable to my vision and sets the intention very powerfully.

Thank you for contributing to my success!

I’d love to learn what you’ve been up to so far this summer and what your commitment is for the rest of your summer?

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About Jackie Foskett

Jackie Foskett, Certified Hypnotherapist, Stress Relief Specialist, founded Healing Hypnotherapy in 1999 to help people change their behaviors and thinking in areas that were no longer working for them. She likens herself to a Sherpa. She guides her clients along the terrain of their conscious and subconscious mind so they can get to where they want to go! With her attentive ear, her skills and her passion for being a partner on her clients’ journey, Jackie brings ease and lightness to the path of change.

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