The topic of rules has been on my mind lately.
Specifically, how there are none.
At least, none you can count on.
My week at the Perfect Health retreat included a consult with a medical doctor. This western-trained doctor told me that sleep was required to lose weight, since as long as we push the body, it thinks it’s in crisis mode and thus stores energy for the crisis.
Makes sense, huh?
And it totally flies in the face of conventional wisdom.
I mean, most doctors tell us to eat less and exercise more to lose weight. But less food and more activity just means more “crisis” signals to the body.
sidenote: I just realized – this doctor literally proved out my recent (ridiculous) affirmation: “I lose weight while I sleep.” ha! Don’t ya love it?! Universe HAS to prove us right, no matter how ridiculous the thoughts are that we dare hold!
Here’s another rule that flies in the face of (my personal) real life experience:
The harder you work, the more you accomplish.
It’s the exact opposite in my experience. How about yours?
When things slow down for me, I know it’s a sign I’m working too hard. That’s my trigger to go goof off some more to get things flowing again.
The week before I left for the retreat I had a zillion things calling my attention. As I felt myself getting stressed out I wouldn’t get it all done, I remembered to relax and slow down. Which is when I actually got things done in FABULOUS time – easily and effortlessly! By slowing down and relaxing. It was really quite magical!
Or how about this classic piece of wisdom: Mr. Right won’t come knocking on your door.
He did on my girlfriend’s door.
She had scheduled an in-home massage. She had a lot of fun with him all summer long. (He was cute, too!)
Shoot, there was one really big rule that was inspiring me to write this piece, and now I’ve completely forgotten it. Guess I’ll have to post it in the comments when it comes back to me.
In the meantime, what “rules” do you see broken? What things do we believe without questioning?
Let’s smash up some more rules here!