I have been thinking a lot about TRUE health, how to heal & how to give oneself the care one REALLY needs.
Are we taught this?
Oh hells no.
So often we can be put in situations where we HAVE to figure out how to truly care for ourselves & then we can feel like maybe it’s too late….
How do we create health NOW for the present & the future?
It is such an individual thing and so very different for everyone.
You’ve heard the stories of miraculous healings after a horrible diagnosis and you’ve heard the opposite.
I know I don’t want to wait for my health to fail before I decide to really take care of myself.
And I know one thing for sure…
Stress is the killer of hopes & dreams & immunity (and more).
I personally feel that reducing & even eliminating stress is where the majority of true healing can begin.
We are told (or believe or think or absorb) that we need to GOGOGOGOGOGOGOGOGOGO at all cost. For success, for money, for prestige, for our own ego gratification.
But does it work?
Hmmmmmm, sometimes YES. It actually does. Say you have a goal & in order to create that goal, you need to get out of your comfort zone, take a second job, push yourself through those exhausted moments. BUT. If you are so beyond excited for this goal and you feel (and truly know) that this is your path, this does not have to be detrimental to your health. It may even be healthy for you! Considering NOT doing it would ‘hurt’ you more.
But I digressed a bit just to be sure to make the point that this is a different journey for all.
I have been pushing myself quite a bit lately. In a panic. In stress. In fear.
I know intuitively that this does not work for my physical, emotional or spiritual well being. Why do I still do it? Why do any of us still do it?
Probably because it is deeply embedded in our physical, emotional & spiritual bodies.
Can we trust that if we slow down everything will still work out?
I have had clear and very obvious signs & experiences that that slowing down (mentally & physically) truly and really works.
I’ve slowed down. I’ve taken care of myself. I’ve stopped worrying. I’ve mantra-ized things like ‘I am enough’ ‘I do enough’ ‘All is truly well’ until I believe them.
And it works, like, really works!
But then I fall back in to old patterns. They seem to hold stronger than new ones.
It’s sooooooooooooooooo frustrating.
I was in a nursing home recently where I walked by room after room of elderly folk, just laying in beds, and it freaked me out quite a bit.
I do not want that. I want a long, thriving, fun life. Sure, if I need some care or hospice or whatever in those final days, ok, but not 15 years of it. I’m not having it.
And I felt, deeply felt, THEN START NOW.
Start creating the feelings, the energy, the actually experience, of amazing health now.
For me, it is all about (at least partially, and a large part at that) cultivating the feeling I get when I do my favorite thing.
Laying in the grass, looking up at the sky & doing nothing. Or by the water. I probably should be living at the beach!!
I love doing this something crazy. But I often feel guilty for just laying around. Maybe it’s because I’m thinking I should be doing, being, creating more.
Also, deep in side I’m all, ‘can I make money at this?’ Ugh, probably not.
BUT! Can I do something that ‘feels’ like this? Cultivates this feeling of wonder, magic & relaxation? Can I just do this type of thing more often even while I work or do whatever?
You know it.
This is what I loved to do as a child, often laying around with others, laughing, telling stories, sharing thoughts.
And this is what I want to do now.
And whilst, no, I cannot make money at this, I sure can feel healthier doing it & look for things in life that feel like laying in the grass, looking up at the blue sky, doing nothing. It’s such a peaceful feeling.
This is a big part of having a long, healthy life. Doing what you love to do. Doing what you loved to do as a child. Cultivating that exact (or as close as possible) feeling if you can’t actually do that thing ALL the time.
So what do you love doing? What did you love doing as a child?
Do more of that.
Begin your health & amazing life’s journey with that goal in the forefront of your mind.
Tell me (and us) how it goes or what it is or how you’re going to do it or how you ARE doing it?
There are, of course, plenty of ways to be healthy & destress but this is one that has been on my mind of late (like A LOT). So I wanted to share that today.
Feel free to share others ways to cultivate health, healing & a long, happy life.
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