Just start

It is hard to see people suffer.  I want everybody to be well.  There is a Buddhist meditation that speaks to this. “May all beings be peaceful.   May all beings be happy.   May all beings be well.   May all beings be safe.  May all beings be free from suffering.” But the problem is that they have to do it.  I can’t wish them to be well and then they are magically well.  I can’t drag them to the gym.  I can’t make them eat healthy food.  I can’t throw away their cigarettes.  I can pray that they wake up to the harm that they are doing to themselves.   I hope that telling my story helps.  But I can’t do it for them.

When I started going to the gym to exercise, it was only once a week.  When I started I thought I was going to die.  It hurt.  I was exhausted.  The workouts were tough.  So I’d slow down.  I’d kind of do things half way.  Then I got my breath back and started to feel better.  I’d do a little more.  I stayed through the first class and was proud of myself for going.

It isn’t fair that it hurts to exercise when you start.  That makes you not want to keep up with it.  But it gets easier.  Now I feel a lot better.  It doesn’t hurt, and I can see muscles that I’ve never noticed before.  I think more clearly and feel strong inside and out.  I wish the same for you.  But you have to do the work, so get over it and just start.

 

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About betsybeadhead

Hello, and Welcome. My name is Betsy, and I like beads and prayers. Fortunately those two things are more related than I ever realized. You are invited to “like” my Facebook page titled “Betsy Beadhead” and thus see what I’m talking about in my posts when I try to explain something using beads rather than words. This whole thing started because of that. Then I couldn't figure out how to post pictures so I just started writing. I string together words the same way I string together beads, and both serve the same purpose. I work at a library, surrounded by ideas brushing up against each other. I draw, paint, and collage. I study world religions. In all these experiences I like combining different things and making new things, and stretching my understanding of what “is” and what “has to be.” You are welcome to share my posts - just please give credit where credit is due. I'm anti-censorship but I'm also anti-plagiarism.
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