Living in a world full of conflict, stress, confusion and uncertainty can be difficult at times. Although there is beauty and love in people and in nature, our awareness becomes hijacked by the constant media noise, social media, negative images and personal conversations.
Many people get caught up in caring for others and forget to take the time for self-care and self-fulfillment. Without adequate self-care you have less to give to others.
The ancient Indian traditions of Ayurveda teach that you become defined by the thoughts, diet, sights, sounds and smells you bring into your body. It is said that all of these have to be “digested and metabolized”.
Consuming things that are difficult to digest causes your biological and mental system to go awry and can contribute to disease. If an effort to bring balance is not undertaken poor health can result. Alternatively, choosing those things that are easy to digest will help you find balance and thrive.
Everyone deserves to thrive, which requires paying attention to every facet of mind and body. There is a different kind of nourishment for every part of you.
• The body is nourished with healthy food.
• The heart is nourished with joy, compassion, and love.
• The mind is nourished with knowledge.
• The spirit is nourished with equanimity and self-awareness.
Every day this month, take some time to plan how you will nourish yourself, picking one of these areas each day. Make your plan a personal priority, and then each day before you go to sleep, jot down what you did and how it made you feel.
You can perform an Internet search for “ways to nourish yourself” and find inspiration by making a list of activities that resonates with your inner being. Choose those that are
easy to implement and that will be interesting or fun.
Remembering to practice self-compassion and take baby steps will help. It is difficult to make a major shift all at once. Begin today with one step.
Do you eat fast food or highly processed food? Eat organic foods prepared in a healthy manner.
Do you listen to television news and programs that are violent and negative, that evoke anxiety and fear? Start reading books, watch educational or uplifting movies.
Do you spend most of your time indoors? Take walks; spend time in nature, even if just at a city park. Hike in the forest, walk on the beach, watch sunrises or sunsets.
Do you spend most of your time alone? Reconnect with family and friends or join a “Meet Up” group to find others with common interests. Volunteer at a non-profit organization.
Do you have busy days with urgent matters and no time to think? Schedule time for silent contemplation, meditation or journaling.
The most important step is to find some space that allows you to change what may seem to be a life on autopilot. This will not only impact your life but the lives of friends and family, work colleagues, a life partner or even pets.
Why not take that first step to stop striving and start thriving. You have to nourish to flourish!