“Health is a state of complete harmony of the body, mind and spirit. When one is free from physical disabilities and mental distractions, the gates of the soul open.” ~ B.K.S. Iyengar
As enlightened individuals, we all comprehend – in theory – that in order to maintain a healthy body, a sound mind and a serene-yet-vibrant spirit … we must align these three entities, so that we can truly be whole. However, in practice, this can be quite a tall order to fill. Our lives are hectic, complicated, often stressful, and – every so often – tragedy strikes. The more balanced we are, the more armed we will be to cope with whatever trials and tribulations come our way. Stress is a predator. If we’re not careful, it can eat away health, destroy the mind, and deflate the spirit.
We are each masters of our own mind, body, and spirit. If we blame other people, circumstances or events for our lack of balance, we are deluding ourselves. Each person is ultimately responsible for herself/himself (the exception to this is, of course, someone who is completely physically or mentally incapacitated). So, once we own up to our responsibility, it will then be time to take the next step — Alignment.
There are so many “alignment” methods to choose from and we’re not necessarily limited to only one. Choose whatever combination of activities work with your lifestyle.
Personally, I have decided to incorporate yoga into my daily routine. I am guilty of letting my mind, body, and spirit get completely out of whack. I could stand to lose a few (!!) pounds. I often let stress get the better of me, which results in elevated blood pressure levels. And I am prone to bouts of melancholia (I am a Writer, so this is sometimes inevitable). I have never taken yoga before. Nevertheless, I feel that I must make this part of my daily (not weekly) ritual. I need balance. My life depends on it. I am starting with video instruction, and then in March, I will go actual to yoga classes. Here, in the eclectic and bohemian village of Coconut Grove, we have a Hare Krishna Temple and I am considering attending classes there.
Also, I love to dance. By myself. With my husband. On a dance floor with a bunch of total strangers. But, dance I shall. It lifts the spirit.
So, here are a few (the list is not exhaustive) activities that will help you find discipline, harmony and serenity:
Make 2012 the year that you harmonize your mind, body, and spirit. Make good nutrition a priority. Try to eat organic food, whenever possible.
Oh, and get some sleep. If you are sleep-deprived, you will compromise your overall health and you will have no energy left … to dance.
“Dance is the hidden language of the soul.” ~ Martha Graham
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