What an amazing experience! Fit Piglet's Camp Nama Stay was far more profound than I could have planned. Walls came down. Hearts opened up. Lives changed.
I watched Emily a lot. I noticed her energy when she first arrived and would describe it as excited, nervous, and fearful. She didn't know any of the other girls, and she didn't really know what to expect in regards to the Camp events. Things changed pretty quickly.
This retreat was all about nurturing self compassion. We practiced yoga twice a day, which Emily was very open too. She looked more and more peaceful in her practice as the weekend progressed. We Zen Doodled and carved food into an island, went paddle boarding, and chilled on the beach, under the stars in mediation, with two live guitar players. Emily ate Freshitarian food twice a day and juiced for the other two meals. All the food was fresh, organic, and delicious!
The girls became fast friends; all experiencing an inwardness that they hadn't sensed had in a very long time. Some cried. Some napped. We all laughed. Everyone transformed. Emily's little light was shining brighter and brighter. I just saw her the other day and her light is still glowing.
She ate healthy food and mindfully moved her body all weekend. We did lots of breathing and meditation, took some time to focus, let go of old stuff, and created space for change. There was no stress in our environment, so emotionally she was more balanced than normal. With minimal distractions and interactive mindful workshops, she had the opportunity to focus on what it meant to take care of herself; body, mind, and spirit.
What's the difference in Emily since Camp? I believe she experienced new reasons to get healthy and want to share that with her family. I know from personal experience the challenges one can have when the family is interested in exercise or getting healthy. It's tough! But she wants it. Inner peace. A healthy body. Vigorous energy. She wants it because it feels good to take care of yourself.
I believe this type of lifestyle change can happen for anyone who really wants it. When you take the time to learn understand, and integrate healthy habits slowly, they become more permanent. You don't have to do it all at once, but don't wait, start now. When you know better, do better. Small changes = Big results.
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