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The other day as I was tending to my garden, I noticed some neighborhood teens—young adults actually---smashing a balloon caricature that had been placed in an unsupervised area as a directional marker for a child’s birthday party. The boys had no idea that I was an observer to their actions.
After I gave them a stern speech and dismissed them, I got to thinking about injustice, locally and globally. Injustice is sneaky and tends to happen when no one is watching. It’s a form of cheating.
Character is the art of doing the right thing even when no one is watching. It requires courage, integrity and personal honor.
Whether it’s respecting people or property, making healthy food choices for yourself, doing your daily ‘work’ or your fitness routine, don’t cheat. Have the courage to honor your ‘self’---body, mind & spirit---because you are watching you. Here are a few action steps:
Recently I have had several conversations with people mentioning how bothered they are by our reliance on technology. Look around and notice someone walking on the street. Chances are their eyes are cast downward monitoring their hand-held device, their fingers are furiously typing on the tiny keys and their earphones are in their ears. And who hasn’t had the experience of having a face-to-face conversation with another, only to be distracted by the ding-ding or ‘kerplunk’ of a message being delivered? We are more connected to the world and less connected to each other resulting in a culture that is isolated, fragmented and detached in a time when community and attachment are critical for our survival.
Attention is a building block of intimacy, wisdom and cultural progress. To pay attention, we have to be present and aware. How can we strengthen our focus and attention skills today for a more connected, aware and present tomorrow?
Here are a few small steps to take action today:
1. Schedule ‘device-free’ time every day
2. Create ‘sacred spaces’ in your home as ‘device-free zones’: the kitchen, the bathroom
3. Carry out face-to-face conversations with devices on silent
Human connection and intimacy are essential to our wellness and well-being. Let’s turn off, unplug, look up, look at one another, and start the conversation.
As the philosopher de Chardin said, "We are not human beings having a spiritual experience, but spiritual beings having a human experience.”
We enter this world as whole, integrated beings with body, mind and spirit. We eat healthy foods to nurture our body and we study to nurture our mind but are we nurturing our spirit? Answer these three questions to find out more:
1. I always check in with my intuition before making decisions Yes/No
2. I ask my Higher Power or my Higher Self to help me improve and grow spiritually Yes/No
3. My spiritual insights routinely allow me to see through deception and illusion to the true nature of things Yes/No
If you answered “YES!” to all of the above, Congratulations! If you’re like most of us, though, you’re raising your eyebrows and shaking your head from side to side. Learning to nurture Spirit takes practice. It requires awareness, study and observation. That’s why it’s called a spiritual ‘practice’.
Here’s an easy tool for getting started: Walk in nature alone, or with a quiet companion, such as your dog. Ask Spirit to connect with you as you walk [called setting an intention]. It's that simple.
It’s a beautiful day! Go! Walk! Connect! Nurture your Spirit!
Your body and mind will thank you!
I wish all of our readers a joyous celebration of Passover, Easter and spring-time renewal!
At this time of the year, Nature reminds us of Her seasonal rebirth and renewal. Flowers are blooming, trees are pollinating and markets are filled with young green sprouts and herbs.
This is a wonderful opportunity to reflect on our own rebirth and renewal. Every part of the human body renews itself cyclically. For example your stomach lining renews itself every 4 days, your skin every 30 days, your liver every 6 weeks, your skeleton every 3 months and even your blood plasma renews itself every 10 days!
Honor and celebrate your spring-time renewal with a re-commitment to a lifestyle filled with healthy choices like whole food nutrition, regular fitness and stress reducing activities like yoga, walking in nature or a spa treatment like a sugar exfoliation...yum!
Make you the priority this Spring! You’ll be rewarded with a healthy glow!
We are bombarded every day with information about our health & wellness. While one wellness expert is saying one thing, another is saying the opposite! Many times, the latest health craze is quickly passé. It’s challenging to know which information is correct to support you in finding balance.
Wellness is a journey---an active process of continued healthy choices over time. Rather than feeling overwhelmed by not ‘being there’, consider where you have been successful in the process of wellness for yourself. Maybe your success has been in finding the right fitness routine that supports you in feeling great or in consistently packing a healthy lunch to take to work every day or in regularly scheduling a massage for yourself. Whatever your successes, recognize them and feel empowered by them!
Feeling positive & empowered about your wellness journey is healthy for your mind, body & spirit.
Celebrate your healthy choices and watch your wellness grow!
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