What does it mean to be nourished?
Fulfilled, satisfied, content, happy?
Full of what, exactly?
Energy, vitality, motivation.
Stillness, quiet, calm.
Movement, forward motion, hope and faith in the future.
Love, acceptance, time to dream and time to be.
Learning, being challenged, feeling safe.
These are some things that come to mind for me.
Here’s what the Cambridge dictionary has to say about the verb Nourish:
- to provide people or living things with food in order to make them grow and keep them healthy:
- If you nourish a feeling, belief, or plan, you think about it a lot and encourage it.
So my recap is:
To provide people with “sustenance” in order to make them grow and keep them healthy.
To think about the beliefs and feelings you need to support the dreams (growth and health) you desire.
What is your form of nourishment for your body? Your mind? Your Soul? And even your home?
What do you feed yourself on a daily or weekly basis to keep you growing and healthy?
Organic…veggies, meats fish, milks? Everything? (At least as much as possible?)
You make an effort, right? Because you care about your health, the health of your family, and the environment. You do your best to choose wisely and consciously and when you know better, you do better.
How healthy are they?
Are they nourishing you with what you need to grow and keep you healthy?
We spend so much time, money and energy on buying our organic foods and, yet, let the quality of our thoughts deplete us into exhaustion, overwhelm, anxiety, and low self-esteem.
We spend time every single day thinking about the food we eat or want to eat or shouldn’t eat or can’t eat…
Yet we spend very little time noticing our thoughts.
And why should we care about this?
Because our thoughts run the show.
What if I told you that you don’t have to believe everything you think. Did you know that not everything you think or even believe is True?
I know; it’s incredible when you realize this. In fact, it’s life changing!
Instantly, you find your power! But so often we forget that we have this choice in the first place. We stumble along with our icky thoughts and let them ruin our day, stress us out, and leave us feeling depleted and less than.
One of the best ways I know how to challenge my beliefs is to ask myself if what I am believing/thinking is actually true, like unequivocally true.
But let’s try it out. Here’s an example:
I suck at marketing.
This thought has some pretty deep grooves in my brain since becoming a mostly online entrepreneur. The beliefs that feed into it go like this:
There’s too much to know. I’m not an expert. I’ll never learn it all. Online marketing changes all the time. I have no idea what I’m doing. Why should I bother?
And these all lead me back to: I suck at marketing.
When I believe this thought, I feel defeated, unmotivated, sad, low energy, and even angry.
When I’m feeling like this, I basically procrastinate, feel sorry for myself, keep busy doing other things other than my work that I want to be marketing, and feel pretty shitty at the end of the day as I didn’t accomplish what I wanted…you get the idea.
So let’s find out if this thought is actually true. Do I suck at marketing?
Well, my instinct is to say, Well, yes, I do suck at marketing.
But when I go a little deeper, sit with the question for a minute and ask, Is it absolutely 100% true that I suck at marketing?…well, a brief window opens up in my brain that it may not be true 100% of the time.
A-ha! This is what I want. This is what I want for you. To at least see that there is a possibility of something that is actually truer than the painful belief I am currently letting run the show.
When I dig around for a truer thought, I find this:
I am new to marketing and find it overwhelming and I’m doing the best I can with what I know.
Um, wow! I instantly feel better. I feel relief in my chest and my gut. I feel a sense of pride that I am trying to figure things out. I feel compassion for my overwhelmed, insecure self. I have more energy, focus and a sense of purpose.
So here’s what’s important to know: the Truth (yes, capital T) always feels more peaceful than the Lie.
If you’re feeling like shit, check your thoughts. Find the thoughts that bring you closer to peace and know that those are the ones that are closer to what’s true for you.
So back to this concept of NOURISHMENT.
I suck at marketing does pretty much nothing to help me grow or be healthy. And it’s not a belief I want to think about often or encourage, for the obvious reasons stated above.
(And to all you “tough love” junkies out there who think that using derogatory and insulting language is the way to motivate yourself to do better, I encourage you to check how your body feels when you say those things to yourself versus when you speak with kindness and understanding.)
Giving myself the opportunity to believe, I am new to marketing and find it overwhelming and I’m doing the best I can with what I know, most definitely gives me the compassion and grace to move forward into a healthier version of myself that allows for growth.
So next time you pick out your organic strawberries or kale, use it as a reminder to see what other ways you can nourish yourself, from the inside out.
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