Good morning Treasure Valley!
Where are you at right now, this very moment in time, when you ready this post?
At work, taking a break to read my words?
At home, taking care of little ones?
On the road? If you are on the road, STOP reading while you are driving, your life is important! The information will be here for you to read during your leisure time.
Leisure time – do we even have that anymore?
In this ever changing, quickly growing, rapidly expanding world we live in, we cannot afford to lose our health.
To live a fully integrated ‘healthy’ lifestyle, you truly need to attend to all three components of overall health ;
- Physical health.
- Mental health.
- Spiritual health.
These three areas are like a three-legged stool, if you neglect one, and it becomes weak, the other two cannot support YOU!
Our minds are bombarded with so much negativity and fear during the day – fake news, information coming to us faster than we can think of it by the touch of a button, all that is required to live a ‘successful’ life. This leaves our brains and our system on overload much of the time, and we need to allow our brains time to ‘flow’ in the realm of pondering and creativity. Do you take time out of your day to just close your eyes for one minute, disregard your thoughts, and relax?
Our bodies take the toll of what our daily existence requires – get up at 6 a.m. to hit the gym, showered and dressed and on the road by 7:00 – 7:15, fighting traffic to get to work, then we put in our eight hours of paying our rent here on this beautiful planet Earth. We now have social media to keep up with along with our other duties, and if we have young children, we must navigate attending their many activities that we have filled their little lives with, and then scramble home for dinner, homework, bedtime for the kiddos, and find a wee bit of time to relax and prepare for the next day before we get up to do it all over again. Are you finding time in your week to take care of your body with some physical activity? Perhaps biking, hiking, walking for just 15 minutes to a half hour a day will help your body maintain it’s many duties. There is a Buddhist belief that if you have a problem, and you take a walk for 20 minutes, your problem will be solved. Are you taking care of your physical body?
Our spirits – Our greatest gift that we came into this world with, our very souls. So many people who come through my doors are doing so much to take care of the ‘outer’ world, that they have totally neglected their ‘inner’ world. There are many ways to nurture your spirit, my favorite is to take time each morning and evening to pray & meditate, read scripture, remember to thank God for allowing me another day on this Earth, and to remind me that I am here to do His work. Painting, sculpting, writing poetry or music, playing a musical instrument, knitting, etc. all help your spirit to slip into that realm of existence where our thoughts run free and we remember our dreams. Do you allow time for your spirit to express and manifest itself in this world?
Taking care of all three of the legs of your ‘stool’ will help you to balance yourself in this very demanding and hectice life we now live, and restore your soul. Why not challenge yourself this week to do some self-care and act on each of these three areas? After all, you are the only one who can truly take the best care of you, and aren’t you worth it?