Looking inside

I listened to an interesting discussion recently that gave me pause.

The gist: every action is because of a feeling, every feeling is because of a thought.

Simply put, your actions (or oft times, inactions) are predicated by feelings, which in turn, are triggered by thoughts. In the context of wanting to change a behaviour, the idea is to trace the origin of that behaviour: start by thinking about the feeling that preceded the behaviour. Is it anger, frustration, fear, for example?

Be curious. Be a self-observer.

Once you’ve identified the feeling, ask yourself: what thought(s) led to that feeling? This process of leaning in can be exceptionally helpful in making positive changes to behaviours that no longer serve you. It underlines the importance of looking inward to better understand who you are and what makes you tick.

Become conscious of your thoughts. I’ve started to make a practice of this – taking a step back and witnessing my thoughts. While it’s still a novel concept to me, this practice has already brought such clarity about some non-serving behaviours that had become frustratingly routine in my life – patterns that have been, at best, blocks to my personal growth and at worst, mildly destructive.

Feel your feelings, observe your thoughts. And – here’s the magic mojo – don’t judge yourself! Be a friend – look inside with curiosity, fascination, and compassion. That is an act of self-love.

Whew – have a noodle on that!

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Okay, onto some nifty nourishing notes. Some of you have asked about collagen and collagen powders. I’m a fan! I use collagen almost daily, typically in powder form (see one of my faves in photo below) – tossed into a smoothie, coconut yoghurt, chia pudding, or my beloved, hot, up-healthed bevvies (e.g. matcha tea lattes, mushroom powder elixirs, hot cocoa, etc.).

Behold the nourishing nuggets:

Collagen has incredible healing powers. It is an easily digested form of protein derived from gelatin that is rich in antioxidants. As we age, we break down more collagen than we make, leading to saggy skin, cracking fingernails, dull hair, and wrinkles. This healer:

  • Reduces inflammation
  • Heals the gut
  • Smooths wrinkles
  • Strengthens bones, ligaments, and muscles
  • Restores luster to hair and makes nails strong
  • Bolsters the immune system
  • Nourishes and plumps every cell in the body

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