I’ve enjoyed a number of the free meditation series offered by the on-line Chopra Center (link) This blog post summarizes some of the insights I gathered from the one on Healing the Whole Self. As part of my retirement transition, I am actively trying to live a healthier lifestyle and I hoped this meditation series would help me with that part of my journey.
The core premise of this series was that your mind/thoughts, your body/physical actions, and your spirit are all connected. While there wasn’t that much new information, I found it helpful to remind myself of ways to live a healthier lifestyle. Sometimes these reminders are validations that I’m doing it (yeah, me); sometimes these reminders are nudges to get back on track. I also found much of this consistent with exploring my Personal Spirituality, which I talked about in my last post (here).
There were a few lovely quotes that could become mantras for me:
The light of my own being guides my life forward.
Joy is my guide.
I will own my strengths and honor my dreams.
Exercise makes me stronger – physically and mentally.
I am complete; I am enough.
My deeper journey is to no longer just “do”, but learn “to be”.
See the world with compassion and kindness.
The BODY – Every day there are things I can choose to do to impact having a healthier body. Some of the reminders for me are:
- Eat nutritionally rich foods by “eating the rainbow”.
- Manage portion control.
- Add more whole grains and legumes (less potato chips!).
- Stay hydrated.
- Daily movement – regular walking, yoga stretching, strength training.
- Get enough sleep.
- Practice meditation – bring awareness to my breath multiple times a day.
- Appreciate my body; be grateful for it. (As opposed to having negative feelings about it.)
The MIND – Nothing holds more power to heal and become healthier than the mind. Being aware of thoughts is a challenge. The goal is to become more aware and not immediately react, but control or modify the reaction.
- What we put attention on grows – focus on what I want, not what I don’t want. By changing our thoughts, we change our actions. Identify and let go of limiting thoughts (fear, anxiety). Identify and release old (negative) thought patterns/habits.
- Calm the overactive mind and be in the present moment. Just say, “stop” to the mind-spinning thoughts.
- Stop reliving/lamenting/if only replaying the past – accept what’s happened; stop second-guessing, re-running, and berating.
- Stop the worry about the future scenarios. Allow it to happen and experience it as it happens.
- Notice things without judgment. Compassion is opposite of judgment.
- Every emotion has a reason. Become aware of the emotion and accept it non-judgmentally.What needs are not being met? Appreciation, acceptance, attention, affection? What actions do I need to take to get that need met in a healthy way?
The SPIRIT – The soul is your true self behind your thoughts and actions. The true self comes from your experience, from your senses – it is your intuition and your creativity. The conditioned mind is the opposite of the true self – it is full of shame, fear, mistrust, disconnection, and based on conditioned (negative) thought patterns. How to better link to your soul – your true self:
- Increase awareness of actions and habits. More contemplation and less mindless busy work.
- Be grateful for what you have.
- Practice kindness and compassion – more acceptance, more appreciation, and less judgment.
- More taking action (plan your dreams) and less procrastination (waiting for someday). Look for synchronicities.
- More slowdown and savor and less go, go, go. Reconnect with nature (get outside every day). Be mindful when eating.
I enjoyed this inspirational reminder across the Body, Mind, and Spirit of how I can live a healthier lifestyle. I continue to learn how to balance movement & doing (getting out & about, in touch with nature, connecting with others) and the stillness of just being (journaling, contemplation, solitude, quiet). I continue to practice being aware of my limiting beliefs and my conditioned (often judgmental) reactions.
Do you like these types of reminders for your own journey?