Something a little different this week: a blog post from my sweet wife, Christine on the importance of integrating mind, body, and spirit.
That means if one these aspects is out of alignment, it throws the other two off balance, and we struggle as a result.
Let’s say you have a regular meditation practice, and you’re also enrolled in a foreign language class. But because you aren’t engaged in any physical activity, and spend the bulk of your time either sitting in front of the computer or TV, or driving in your car, your physical self feels sluggish, achy, and often exhausted.
This lack of physical activity makes it harder for you to stay focused during your course studies. You find yourself constantly struggling to keep your attention on your instructor, and often put off doing your homework because something totally unrelated has distracted you.
And, even though you’re diligent about your meditation, you’re usually so tired most of the time, you just wind up falling asleep. While the brief nap may feel good in the moment, you’re not really achieving your goal of meditation.
Because you’re out of alignment in supporting your mind, body, and spirit, you’re missing out the kind of fulfillment that awaits you when you support all three aspects of your soul.
This isn’t about implementing a no-pain no-gain exercise routine, or training for a 10K. It can be as simple as taking 10 minutes to do some yoga stretches, going for a short walk outside, jumping on your rebounder (my favorite cardio exercise), or even running around with your kids for a while.
You also don’t have to meditate for an hour every single day (although Ainslie’s Spirit Guides would never discourage you from doing that!), or sign up for Italian lessons.
What matters is that you simply create some space on a consistent basis—daily, if you can—to do whatever fulfills you in mind, body, and spirit.
While physical activity is important to support your body, self-nurturing is equally important (don’t forget bubble baths—Ainslie’s Spirit Guides are big fans of those). For your mind, if learning a new language isn’t your thing, how about setting aside 10 minutes a day to read something stimulating, work on the daily crossword puzzle or Sudoku, or learn how to play chess?
To nurture your spirit, perhaps listening to music that soothes and inspires you is just what you need. Or spending some time cuddling with your pet. And, of course, a regular meditation practice is one of the best things you can do for yourself. Even just 5 minutes a day, when practiced consistently, will yield powerful results for you.
When you combine meditation for your spirit, with the things you’re regularly doing for your body, and mind, you create an alignment within your soul that offers tremendous healing potential.
It also helps keep you grounded and calm, which is important at any time, and especially so during these rocky political times.