“We don’t realize that, somewhere within us all, there does exist a supreme self who is eternally at peace.” -Eat, Pray Love
How many times in the past year have you made promises to yourself that you would – start running, lose weight, meditate, get a massage or find professional support to address the thoughts and stress that keep you awake at night? How many times did you not follow through? In order to travel the road to wellness it needs both your good intentions and your focused action.
Wellness is a positive approach to living that emphasises the whole self. It is the integration of the body, mind, and spirit that comes about as a result of consciously crafting a lifestyle that brings physical, mental, emotional and spiritual vibrancy and health. The result can support joy, satisfaction, and fulfilment and brings a sense of autonomy and meaning to life that touches your innate sense of confidence and inner peace.
The ability to embody wellness in life requires that you first reflect on and understand your present situation and then develop a focused plan of action to address the shortfalls:
Try this Exercise ->
Take a moment to find a quiet, inspiring space. Sit comfortably, close your eyes and begin to breathe deeply. Follow your breath in and out for five cycles with the intention of allowing all blocks to awareness be release with each exhale.
Begin rating your present life status for each of the conditions below. (rate from 1 – 10, ten being the optimum quality of wellness that you embody in your life)
Imagine your scores mapped on a circle, with 10 being at the outer edge. How smooth would your circle be? Take time to look at areas where you might focus and begin today to devise action steps that bring attention where needed.
The ability to cultivate wellness as an integral and primary aspect of life experience depends on being able to develop habits that incorporate:
Never underestimate the power of the breath in the quest for wellness and healing
“Inhale, and God approaches you. Hold the inhalation, and God remains with you. Exhale, and you approach God. Hold the exhalation, and surrender to God.” ~ Krishnamacharya.