Last month I went on a week long detox retreat and I can honestly say that it’s changed my life. Yes, I lost weight and felt great at the end of it but most importantly I’ve completely changed my lifestyle and the way I eat. As a self-confessed sugar and caffeine addict, I can now say, hand on heart, that I haven’t touched either for a month.
Before the retreat I knew perfectly well that these things were bad for me but somehow it didn’t help. I couldn’t seem to kick the habit. Or rather I chose not to. During the week we had talks about nutrition and healthy eating and suddenly I had one of those delicious light bulb moments and I really got it. It all made sense and in a second I’d made up my mind, completely and wholeheartedly, to change my relationship with food.
I tell this story not to brag in any way, but to illustrate that change can happen in a heartbeat. I just don’t buy that old saying ‘leopards can’t change their spots.’
I know that the idea of change can be challenging, and the reality can, at times, feel completely overwhelming. Sometimes we believe we have to make huge changes or change a whole raft of things in our lives at once. That kind of radical action may suit some people. But we can take a softer, gentler approach too. Sometimes it’s enough to make just one small change. It can certainly be enough to get you started and from there, as you gain confidence, you can choose to make more.
I’m writing this just after the Spring Equinox: such a wonderful time of the year for renewed energy and change. And so at this propitious time in the calendar I invite you to think about some changes you’d like to make. What one change would make a really significant impact on your health and well-being?
Or … take a piece of paper and write a list of Ten Tiny Changes you’d like to make. Then choose one and get started.
As Lao Tzu famously said: A journey of one thousand miles begins with a single step. What will yours be?
P.S. Please get in touch if you’d like details of the retreat.