The Three Pillars of Health – Healthy Body, Healthy Mind, Healthy Actions!

May 23, 2016

Healthy Body

Exercise

Moving your body is essential to balancing out the chatter of your mind. Here are some great forms of exercise:

1. Yoga – There are many forms: Anusara, Ashtanga, Iyengar, Kripalu, Kriya, Kundalini. Yoga can be aerobic, releasing, meditative, strengthening and energizing – it depends on the kind of yoga you are practicing. Find out what appeals to your body.

2. Walking – Walking is the most basic form of exercise. It can be done anywhere and can do a lot to calm your mind and balance the right and left hemispheres of your brain. 20-30 minutes per day of this exercise may not seem like much, but it can do a lot!

3. Running – Running appeals to some, but not to all. It is a great way to really get your lungs working and heart pumping. The drawbacks are that it can be inconvenient in the harsh weather and difficult on joints. So buy a mini-trampoline! They are a fun way to run in place in the comfort of the indoors and a wonderful alternative to running on soil or pavement. Also – mini-trampolines fit easily into most offices. This is a great way to take a 10 minute break from work and then come back energized and clear-headed. Alternatively, you can join a health club and use some of the wonderful equipment that offers balanced and low impact exercise. Speak with a trainer to determine the best workout for you.

4. Swimming – This activity is so healing to the lungs and mind. All the muscles in your body are working at the same time that the water is soothing them. Once you get used to swimming a lot, you will have more than enough oxygen for any other type of sport. This is a great way to exercise and feel nurtured at the same time!

Diet

1. Food Selection – There is some truth to “you are what you eat”. Your body is constantly rebuilding its cells, so you need to replenish it with nourishing foods. Incorporating fresh vegetables and fruits into your diet is essential to your health. Eating a combination of cooked and raw vegetables keeps you healthy. Studies have shown that eating some form of protein in the morning elevates your energy dramatically throughout the day. You could choose nuts (especially nuts soaked in water for a couple of hours beforehand) or another form of protein such as beans or meat.

2. Meal Time Selection – Eating several small meals throughout the day is easier on your digestive system, so you won’t be bogged down by digesting big meals. Try grazing throughout the day – it can be a good way to lose weight. Keep healthy snacks by your desk. Eating before bedtime can keep some people awake at night. However, it’s up to you to experiment with. A bit of protein before bed can also slow you down, if your mind is racing. Find out which works for you. Notice if you have a tendency to eat when you are stressed out. Exercise and meditation can be a nice alternative to handle stress and enable you to feel a lot better in the long run.

Healthy Mind

A healthy and balanced mind attracts health to all aspects of your life.

Meditation

The mind chatter is constant. Meditation is a wonderful way to maintain a balanced mind. Even a simple meditation of focusing on your breathing for 10-20 minutes in the morning and/or evening can add a whole new perspective on life. If your mind races when you meditate, just allow the thoughts to come through and then gently direct your mind to focus on your breathing or on a blank screen.

Mindfulness

This word itself has such a great feel to it! Learn to be present with the world around you and feel the space within and around your body. Observe the sights and sounds around you, while you are aware of what you are touching. This enables you to be present in this moment.

If you think about outer space, you think about a huge limitless expanse. As you feel the space in and around you, you feel an abundance of prosperity, time and resources. Focus on allowing your day to flow without too much rational planning. Breathe deeply.

Mantra and Affirmation

A mantra is a word or group of words repeated over and over to induce a balanced state of mind. It can be sung or spoken. Mantras are an integral part of many ancient traditions. An affirmation is a statement to make firm that something is true. It can be a way to change your beliefs and create something to be true that may not yet be manifested in the material realm. Both of these methods are a great way to take charge of maintaining a healthy mind.

Healthy Actions

A healthy mind and body make healthy actions automatic.

1. What you are thinking about affects your actions. Sometimes just a judgment about something or someone becomes an action, since it affects the world around you. Try the following for one day. Pick someone whom you are around who really irritates you or whom you judge. Instead of judging them, just observe them – try being neutral. Notice if your behavior affects how they act around you. You could also find a small thing you like about them, such as the color of their shirt and just focus on that. You may be surprised at the changes that you notice. Perhaps it may not change how they act around you, but it will help to alter the way you feel and may change the way they act in other situations.

2. Do something kind for someone. Most people have heard about pay it forward – performing a nice deed for another person when someone does something nice for you. Pick a person, organization or even a pet. Doing something nice for no reason gives you a lift. It takes you out of your own worries and stresses and lightens the load of another.

3. Take action on a dream you may have been putting off. Maybe your dream seems too big or overwhelming to tackle. Start with a small step you could take to move towards realizing this dream. Maybe you love to be on stage. An acting class is a great way to take a first step towards this goal. (Acting is an example of a skill that teaches you how to present yourself to others, so it could have practical benefits as well!) Break this dream down into stages. See what you can do today, this week and this month. You will feel inspired and invigorated, since you will be consciously creating and listening to your heart.

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