30 Mar

Honoring our limits

Unlike spirit, the physical body is not invincible or eternal. It has its limitations and you would be wise to honour those limitations – they are there for a reason.

If you want to lead a happy and healthy life of wellness you have to get very familiar with your personal unique limitations and take care to honour those. Otherwise you could set yourself up for a lot of misery later down the line.

That is not to say you should give up any and all effort as soon as you bump up against even the slightest challenge. Of course not. When the time comes, you would still occasionally want to push past your limiting beliefs, addictions or comfort zone. However, be aware if you are coming from grace and surrender or brute force. Your body is the most accurate psychic tool for letting you know how you are handling your growth periods.

Pressure, demands or competition from others may make you feel guilty or shameful about your humanness and believe you are weak if you say ‘no’, when you could be doing more, working harder and just spreading yourself super-thin trying to please everyone. Learning to set boundaries and saying ‘no’ is a big lesson for you peacemakers and unconscious healers out there.

It is a spiritual perfect picture that dictates that one should be able to achieve anything without having occasional rest, recovery or plain downtime. This is very true for the eternal and forever regenerating spirit, but not so true for the body. If pushed past its natural limits for an extended period of time without proper rest, the body will eventually create downtime for itself through illness.

You don’t have to play God for anyone, you don’t have to be perfect. A perfect picture is the result of judgement – it is not the truth or reality.

When you push past your limitations trying to be everything for everyone, you are sacrificing yourself and your own needs. This doesn’t do anyone any good, especially you. You are always teaching by your example and when you sacrifice yourself you are setting the energy and others will match to it. This will make for a whole bunch of very unhappy people, because sacrifice is an energy leak. It is not nurturing, healing or wholesome in any way.

On the other hand, when you honour your limitations and set your boundaries you will set the perfect example to others for how to take good care of oneself. An example of how to love yourself and be your own best friend. By honouring your limitations and lovingly setting your boundaries you are actually creating the space for others to show up authentic too.

Here are some practical steps that you can take to begin to honour your natural limits straight away …

  • Resting when you need to
  • Saying ‘no’ when you don’t feel like doing something
  • Not cramming your to-do-list full of unrealistic tasks
  • Setting realistic goals for yourself
  • Going more slowly
  • Eating the kinds of foods that are good for your body
  • Walking away from anything that doesn’t feel good
  • Choosing to be kind to yourself even when others aren’t

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