After a few months of working with my wonderful nutritionist, M, she asked me how I felt about adding other members to the team. She said that we were pretty limited to food related issues on our sessions, but maybe I could use some help with mindfulness in the other areas of my life.
I looked at her and asked, “Are you saying I’m not One Crazy, but Two Crazy?” She looked confused and I said that I had some feelings of judgement about her suggesting I’m so nutty that I need two therapists. She laughed.
But it’s true. I needed some help with some mom-stuff and some more help with getting my monkey-mind under control. She referred me to a mindfulness coach/therapist here locally. I’ll call her J.
J is a beautiful person, but wow do I find myself saying awful things about her sometimes. It’s not about her, but about me and my feelings about the work that we do. It’s HARD!!! It seems simple. You breathe, you focus your mind, you set intentions and you don’t beat yourself up through the day to get things done. But it’s not easy at all. It’s some of the hardest work I’ve ever done to break those old mental patterns.
And J has this way of finding those dark and painful places and then suggesting I shine a flashlight in there and look around at all those scary thoughts and beliefs. Not my favorite activity as it stirs up all kinds of feelings I thought were long buried.
She also has this way of suggesting things, letting me fiercely resist them and then pointing me back to them again and again. For instance, before Thanksgiving, she said, “You seem kind of spun out about all these things going on.” I was super sure that she was way off base.
“I’ve got this, J. I’ve got this to plan and this to prepare and this to get ready for that and then this other thing and I’m just busy.”
Boy was I wrong. Three weeks later I wasn’t able to make it to our appointment because I was sick. Talked to my doctors and they don’t think it’s part of the protocol I’m on, but my adrenal issues flaring up again.
What!?! But I’m so on top of it! Look at my To Do list! Look how many things I’m crossing off. I’m busy and I’m doing things and oh…
I forgot about just being. I got all lost in all the things that were coming up. Holidays, work, health labs, protocols, family, work, etc. It all just sort of crept up on me and without even realizing it, I was back being “mindless” and stressing myself out by running ferociously on that treadmill of life.
For me, that space brings up all my bad habits. I get focused on doing things and crossing them off my list and forget all about just being and taking care of myself. My inner diaglogue goes from being mindful and calm to saying things like, ‘What’s the matter with you!?! Why aren’t you getting more done!? Faster! Faster! Faster!”
So, here I am again. I’m back to watching that internal dialog and dismissing all that negative self-talk. I’m practicing self-care and getting the important things done. Is that enough? It has to be for now.