Balancing Your Body, Mind and Spirit
To be able to do the things that you want to do and to do the things you want to accomplish the condition of your physical, mental, and spiritual health is crucial. If your body mind and spirit is not fit you will not be able to achieve or accomplish what you truly desire in life.
Maybe you just don’t feel up to doing certain tasks because you lack physical energy. There may be times you just don’t feel like doing what you know you should be doing because of mental motivation or spiritual inclination.
By living an unhealthy lifestyle it will take a toll on every level of your life. Your capacity for your thoughts declines, the quality of your sleep will erode, and your passion for life will start fading away. All of us need to pay attention to our personal healthy needs and to treat ourselves well.
This is not by any means being selfish. Think about your body, mind, and spirit as a bank. You have to make deposits every day by taking fun nominal care for yourself. The consequence if you don’t do this is that when you need them the most your bank will be empty and you will have nothing to draw upon.
So how do you achieve a balance of body, mind and spirit? To achieve balance you must look at each individually and give the equal amount of time and concentration to each. If our bodies need more of our time we then become sick or have aches and pains.
Our mind will let us know that we need to focus on them when we cannot concentrate or start to have stress and anxiety emotionally. If you ignore your spirit we feel as if we're separated from the world and from our universal intelligence. We just don’t feel connected to anyone or anything and we get this sense of hopelessness. Your life will always let you know if there is part of you out of balance.
to start and create a healthy body you first need to decide what you consider healthy. This is an individual preference. For you this definition may be that you have well-defined muscles and a low percentage of body fat and to you that is healthy.
Other people may think that being healthy is to eat a vegetarian diet and to have incredible flexibility. Yet others may have unhealthy habits such as drinking or smoking that needs to be addressed. It just all depends on what each person deems as being healthy.
Everyone that wants to be healthy needs to decide upon two things: nutrition and exercise. Everyone needs exercise in some way every day. Our bodies need some action and some type of movement. Maybe you like to take walks so take a long walk in the morning or in the evening with a friend or a loved one. Maybe you each have dogs and just take your dogs for a walk.
If you would prefer going to a gym then join a local one and make it part of your routine to go there every day or at least every other day. If you are new to exercise or maybe your arms and legs don’t function too well, start moving the parts that do work and grab a few light weights and do as much as you can. Don’t try to do too much in the beginning.
Another thing to think about is that no diet works the same for everyone. Some people may thrive on a vegan diet, others may be drained of all energy being on a vegan diet. It just all depends on the individual and for that person to get to know their own body.
If you eat a low carbohydrate diet for a week and feel great then that’s what you should try and implement as your nutritional plan. On the other hand if it makes you feel lousy and has low energy and you start snapping at everyone at the office or at home then you will probably need to try something else. Personal experience is the best way to discover just how your own body works.
Always make sure to talk to your physician and ask what is the right nutritional plan for you and the right type of exercise.
Your mind needs to be fed just like your body. Filling your head with garbage will not inspire you or keep your mind in top shape. The best way I know to keep your mind in shape is by reading and listening to things like motivational audios on a daily basis.
I suggest try to read a book a week. I know that may seem like a lot but I suggest you shoot for that as the goal. If you can’t make a week, make it a two-week schedule. Choose different genres of books written by people from all kinds of walks of life. Browse through the bookstores and look for what covers will catch your eye. Reading will keep your mind active and your energy flowing.
The same thing applies to motivational audios. There are many great audios out there to listen to so pick your favorite speaker/mentor and listen to everything that they have recorded. Listen to it more than once as you are always in a different time and place with your mind and you will hear things the second third or fourth time through than you did the first time. Just keep going until it is impossible for you to have a negative thought or that it is easy for you to replace them immediately with a positive one.
We are all spiritual beings with souls. When we are in tune with our spirituality we become energized and one with the entire universe. We have a feeling of being connected and that we are not alone and we feel whole.
There are many ways that we can stay focused on our spirituality. Most of these ways involve getting very quiet. You can do this by walking through a field of flowers or on the beach, watching the stars at night, just playing with your dog or cat, or meditating for a few minutes every morning and praying. Each of us has our own set of preferences when it comes to creating a world of peace to get in touch with our spirituality. I suggest experimenting with some different ways until you find your own.
THIS WEEK'S ACTION STEP
Here is this week’s personal exercise:
Do you already have a balanced body, mind and spirit? Maybe you don’t even know if you do or not. In this exercise I’m going to show you away how you can find out if you do or not. Ask yourself these questions and write down the answers in your journal or your notebook.
1. Am I happy with my physical appearance?
2. Is there something about my body that creates stress in my life?
3. Do I have an energy drop after my morning caffeine buzz?
4. Am I eating too much/too little?
5. Do I eat too quickly and at different times of the day?
6. Am I drinking more sodas and coffee than?
1. Do I wake up throughout the night unable to sleep?
2. Do I have self-defeating thoughts throughout the day?
3. Am I stressed out?
4. Do I overreact to small situations?
5. Do I try to do everything for myself – don’t delegate tasks?
6. Are my emotions in control of me?
1. Do I feel detached from people?
2. Do I feel hopeless about my life?
3. Do I think I am alone?
4. Do I have a sense of despair in my heart?
5. Is there a sense of emptiness in my life?
6. Do I feel overwhelmed?
Now look at your answers. The more “yes” answers you have will tell you which areas of your life are out of balance and you need to concentrate on.