It’s been “make a change” week in my life. I’ve had several changes I’ve wanted to make in my life for quite some time now. Now that I’m in my early 40s, I’m feeling pressed for time on some of them, as though if I don’t get them implemented now, they’ll never get done. Such as a decent exercise habit. I know that it will just get harder and harder to establish the older I get.
In that spirit, I signed up for the Sea Change program run by Leo Babauta of Zen Habits fame. There’s a new module each month of a habit to slowly change over the month, the idea being to very gradually introduce a change into your life so that it’s more easily integrated and accepted. People usually try to do changes too quickly or in chunks that are too big, so they fail (I wouldn’t know anything about that). This is supposed to mitigate a lot of that. March’s module is meditation: I’m looking forward to that since meditation is something I’ve wanted to integrate into my life for a very long time indeed.
I also signed up for a 90-day weight loss challenge at my gym. There’s a new thing to try out every Tuesday, as well as a chance to weigh in, so that adds a little bit of accountability and incentive to my goal of getting more exercise and losing some weight. Altering my eating habits is also crucial to this being successful, so I’ll be doing February’s Sea Change module on healthy eating as well (I signed up halfway through the month so I decided to start at the beginning of March). The changes are small enough that I think I can do meditation and healthy eating at the same time.
And of course, I’m also doing Spiritual Nomad. I didn’t mean to do three things at once, but that’s just kind of how it turned out. I’m good at following prescribed courses, though, so I don’t think it will be a problem. These are all programs that I enjoy too, so that will help.
It also helps that I’m really wanting to make changes right now. I’m pretty tired of some of the patterns of my life and would really like a clean slate to work from. I have a lot of unnecessary negative thought patterns I need to shake loose from that are holding me back. I’m hoping that a lot of them will fall by the wayside as I make my way through altering negative patterns into positive ones.
It’s going to be difficult in some ways, though. If I want to meditate, I’m going to have to get up earlier, something that has been perennially very difficult for me. I’m very attached to my waking time and sleeping patterns, and to a certain extent that’s very healthy for me since it’s important for bipolar people to have steady sleeping habits.
My biggest challenge will be in not trying to make too many changes at one time, which I’m already in danger of violating. I tend to get all fired up about making changes in my life and then sputter out after a while. However, some spark of what I was doing usually remains, and I’ve slowly built on desired changes over the years. I do some yoga, not none, and I managed to quit smoking a couple of years ago. I also exercise more today than I did a few years ago and I eat healthier. Overall I’ve effected some pretty positive changes in my life over the last few years. All I want to do is keep that going, and perhaps speed up the pace a bit.
So here’s to change! And all the new and wonderful things it can bring.