"Success doesn't come from what you do occasionally, it comes from what you do consistently."
As some of you will know, I competed in my first triathlon for eight years in September 2022. This was a massive step for me, after a long road back from Sepsis in 2015. I had thought my triathlon adventures over, but not only did I compete, I was second in my age group! I decided to enter a couple more triathlons in 2023 and started to check out dates and races. However, towards the end of the year, I began to experience severe pain in the middle of my heel, so I went to a physiotherapist who told me it was plantar fasciitis. From there, we found a few more imbalances in my body which in turn would have put some strain on other parts of my body, possibly leading to the pain I was now in. A huge kick in the rear end to return to a more consistent approach to yoga, pilates and other core exercise.. Youth is no longer on my side and I can't leave anything to chance any more! Suffice to say, I am back to regular yoga practice and I have been consistent in carrying out the physio exercises I have been given. Little by little, the pain has been lessening and I am very close to trying out the running shoes again!
The importance of this consistent approach got me thinking. There is no way I could have gone for one physio appointment and expected to have a pain free foot. Equally, I couldn't have expected to improve if I hadn't been consistent in carrying out the exercises I had been given. I have chosen to continue with the physio in order to find out how I can improve some of the other issues we found, so that my longterm physical health is more secure.
Consistency is also key in the work I do with humans and animals, as they work through either mentally or physically challenging times. It is very rare that one appointment or session will completely solve whatever issue has been presented. We are complex creatures! Equally, if the tools and exercises I have shared aren't consistently integrated into the lives of the animals and humans I work with, how can we expect longterm positive results?
Mindfulness is being present and noticing where we are right now. If we can keep focused on the present and not worry about the things we can't change, we will bring down our stress levels considerably. This practise is not easy to adopt, but with consistency, it is possible and will lead to a clearer mind, more focus and energy, and a more positive attitude.
EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) aka Tapping is a wonderful tool to use in our daily lives. In between session with a practitioner, it is a good way to de-stress and work through all sorts of issues that have followed us through our lives. Again, consistent practise is the key.
Reiki is such a special selfcare treat but that is just scraping the surface of the true value of integrating Reiki into your life. Regular Reiki treatments, can be life transforming, as can completing Reiki Level One, which enables you to share Reiki with yourself, as well as your family.
EMMETT 4 Horses is a fantastic tool for physical and emotional ailments, but again, a one off session is not necessarily going to be the answer. Regular treatments are extremely beneficial for both your horse AND you. The horse and the human become more and more receptive to the EMMETT every time it is experienced.
DoTERRA essential oils have also made a big impact in my life, and again, I couldn't expect to use a few drops for a short period of time and expect everything to change. It has been integrating the oils into my daily life that has made the greatest impact. Due to the purity of the DoTERRA oils, I can also use them with animals and am currently enjoying learning more, so that I can share more with my animal clients.
Life is not a set of clear choices and decisions. It can be messy and muddy along the way, but if we can find tools to consistently use, we stand a better chance of leading a healthy life, both mentally and physically.
Thank you for reading this far! AndBreathe... is a very exciting venture and I am glad you have joined me on the journey!