|Posted by BGF FitnessSite on October 31, 2016 at 1:55 PM|
For years I nurtured a belief that willpower did not choose me. I assumed that self-control was like hazel eyes, long legs, or curly hair; something we are born with or without. Like many, I could see and be inspired by the presence of willpower in others, but that’s where it stopped. That belief single handedly led me into one of the darkest places of my life.
Willpower after all, is the vehicle of forward motion. It is the principle that permits us to make the best choice for our health and well-being in the present moment and therefore always. It is the very demonstration of faith.
Today, through several years of searching and healing, I know one magnificent truth about willpower. It is a potent spiritual tool present in each one of us, and can be activated or called upon in a number of ways. A friend and mentor of mine teaches that we may only be as spiritual as we are grounded.
Restoring balance in our physical body creates space for spiritual growth and vise-versa.
It took quite some time for me to truly connect with this concept and to accept that there are many paths leading to the same destination. In reflecting on my journey with this new perspective, I see that my body was screaming for grounding work while I tried to force spiritual work.
Sometimes the answer is simple. What we perceive as a lack of self-discipline may be a sign that our body is in need of basic nourishment. The digestive system is known as the “second mind” which is why a digestive imbalance or micronutrient deficiency can take hold of our decision making ability. Once that basic need is met, we can direct the newly freed physical and spiritual energy to other areas.
Here are two unconventional ways to make space for willpower in your life. Commit to these simple daily tweaks and take note of how much your clarity and determination improves.
1. Focus on micronutrients.
The three most common nutrient deficiencies in America are iodine, magnesium, and vitamin D. These deficiencies stem from a combination of soil depletion, digestive imbalance, and consumption of the Standard American Diet. A deficiency of any one of these nutrients may cause intense cravings, depression, chronic fatigue, anxiety, or weight fluctuation.
Get an immediate boost by adding raw cacao, seaweed, spinach, cashews, almonds, pumpkin seeds, figs, bananas, mushrooms, spirulina, chlorella, or wild caught salmon to your daily meals.
2. Zone in on digestive health.
Digestive imbalance hinders our body’s ability to eliminate toxins, shed excess weight, regulate energy levels, and stabilize mood. Through cleansing and restoration of good bacteria, we can strengthen our mind-body connection and clear space for right thinking and action.
Add fiber-rich foods like broccoli, black beans, berries, raisins, squash, chia seed, sweet potatoes, or quinoa to your daily meals and pick up a daily probiotic with L. Rhamnosus, B. Lactis, and Lactobacillus GG.
These particular bacteria strains are known for their ability to make space for good bacteria and to break down stored waste in the digestive tract. Still not convinced? Check out how gut health influences your MIND by Dr. Sarah Sarkis.
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