last post we had a brief look at
the four pillars of health.
let's keep going with this by still looking at the simplest pillar
even though we seem to make it the hardest one -
or is this just me?
Why do I make this physical pillar so hard? I don't always. Often I'm on the ball, good habits, up early in the mornings for whatever exercise I'm doing. Good eating patterns. And then life takes over and it all goes awry, and I'm back to having to resurrect and restore my routines.
Routines are great. I 100% believe in having beneficial ones.
habits & mindset = routines
However, I also truly do believe that habits combined with mindset are what are even more important. For they lead us to establish or return to, some sort of regularity aka routine. If, for example, your mindset is that you feel better if you run, do yoga, go to the gym, swim - whatever!! Just having this as a "thing" in your way of thinking, and having the habit of doing it whenever you can - does in itself, lead to a regularity, which then becomes a routine. Or, something/s that we routinely do.
I have some routines already in place
So, carrying on from our previous post I'm already
- drinking more water
- eating better. Basically just a tad less, more healthy, and at regular times. Little do-able things. And less starch.
- having more incidental movement.
- and with food, I've been taking strong notice of what I eat, and when I eat it. And even more importantly, how my body feels afterwards. For example, if I eat sugar before three in the afternoon, I get a sugar crash, tired and sleepy. And that includes fruit, unless I have it with some protein. So what and when, for me, both do matter. I also have to watch the amount of carbs that I eat prior to evening, as they have a similar effect on me as sugar does.
But we can also increase our Life Force (prana), by being around trees. They seem to charge the air in such a profound and peaceful way. Trees release energy during the night, it rises up from Mother Earth, and that energy (also prana) is felt everywhere by us just before dawn. This is one reason why the early morning air is so beneficial for us.
I have resumed getting up mega early - about 5.30am. I don't really want to. Gosh no. I'd much rather sleep in and be a lazy bones. (I wake at 5am and get annoyed that I'm awake)
But my life has had a few changes recently, and I do have to get up mega early most days. I actually do feel so much better for early rising. And it is an energy thing. It also seems to make our hormones (which do so much work within our whole physical-mental-emotional complex) increase their efficiacy. So that's affecting two of my pillars of health in a really positive way.
I'm also being outside more, as vitamin D from the sun is so beneficial to well being. I feel that this jumps up my prana levels, too.
what is precious to you? what really matters in your life?
You will have your own things which are precious to you. It's such a different way of looking at things. What is most important to oneself regarding health? Just one thing? Or several? Honestly, I do feel that this is such a lovely way to look at the four pillars of our life.
And, just as importantly, what simple changes can we make in these areas? Doable and easy changes. I always go for 5% changes. But I don't measure this, I just do weeny maintainable things. Then a bit further down the track, I'll do another 5%-er. This, for me, doesn't rock the boat too much. And it's such an easy way.
So, what matters to you with health? What can you do about it? Easily.
** link to simple complete breath, here
** an easy stress reducing breath here
** an older 5% change post here
** and a post about prana here