I believe that there is no separation of body, mind and emotions. Thoughts, feelings, attitudes and belief systems all affect your physical well being in the same way that a dysfunction in your body can affect your mental well being.
Keeping healthy means therefore not only your physical health but also your mental and spiritual health. Finding meaning and a sense of purpose in life is an important part of your prescription for wellness.
One of my guiding principles in life is based on the notion of Ubuntu, an African word meaning what us makes us human is the humanity we show each other. Ubuntu is a belief in the universal bond of sharing that unites all humanity. It is a concept that is similar to what we know as compassion – compassion for ourselves, our family, our community, the global community and the earth.
In this section you will find posts on Ubuntu, stress reduction, relaxation, meditation and spiritual well-being.
Every January, I reflect on the year that has passed. What was accomplished and what remained undone? I consider the outcomes that I’d like to see in my life, and set out upon the New Year with a fresh set of goals and intentions.
As January approached this year I found myself talking a lot about building healthy habits, which got me to thinking about how our habits and our resolutions interact.
I am probably not the best person to ask about work-life balance, because, frankly, I work all the time. I get up early, do my morning practice (a mini yoga/meditation/reflection routine that can range from five to 15 minutes long), grab breakfast and a cup of coffee, and then go to my desk.
From there, I work like a woman possessed — right up until I need to go work out, or I get hungry for lunch, or I feel like my brain is shutting down. Then, for a little while, I make it a point to do something fun and relaxing that doesn’t involve too much thinking.
“In the cathedral of the wild, we get to see the best parts of ourselves reflected back to us.” Boyd Varty, a wildlife activist, shares stories of animals, humans and their interrelatedness, or “ubuntu”. And he dedicates the talk to South African leader Nelson Mandela, the human embodiment of that same great-hearted, generous spirit.
We’ve located the best health information in the world and we’ve even tested it on ourselves and experienced positive results and yet most of us bounce back to unhealthy habits time and time again.
Why is it that people find it so hard to make change?
I bet I’m not alone in harboring mixed feelings as the holidays approach. On the one hand it’s such a special time, steeped in family nostalgia and brimming with expressive potential.
On the other hand (and that other hand always seems to be the buzz-kill, am I right?), let’s be honest: the holidays are often a holly-trimmed hotbed of stress. In trying to make sure our holidays actually fulfill all that expressive potential, we can whip ourselves into a frenzy of sky-high expectations, “must do”s, and short fuses. And that makes for a brain-drain gift we do NOT want to be giving children!
Here are my favorite books on health, wellness and mindfulness from 2013.
Zoe Weil is the co-founder and president of the Institute for Humane Education and is considered a pioneer in the comprehensive humane education movement, which provides people with the knowledge, tools, and motivation to be conscientious choicemakers and engaged changemakers for a better world. How she talks about how to be a Solutionary, how to find one’s calling.
I believe multi-tasking is over-rated! Recently, I saw a study that said the average smartphone user checks their device about six times an hour. Small wonder so many people these days are feeling distracted and overwhelmed! Making matters worse is that we are the ones constantly interrupting ourselves, tapping that Pavlovian bell we call the smartphone, checking it when it’s buzzing and when it’s not. And what’s all that incoming information doing to us? It’s creating world of people who are stressed out, exhausted and perpetually teetering on the brink of a cold or worse, because their immune systems are similarly fried.
Fall is here! The days are getting shorter, the kids are going back to school, the leaves are falling, and we’re pulling out sweaters and boots. But it’s not just an important transition for our wardrobe – in Chinese medicine, the changing of the seasons is an important time to honor our bodies.
Because fall is such a good time to reset your health we’re giving away Cleanse Kits and health coaching to help you get there! You’ll find all of the details at the end of this post, but first here are six steps everyone can take to feel great this fall:
Jessica Cox was born without arms and shares about her experience of overcoming obstacles in this incredible video. She says that having a positive attitude and being creative is crucial — there’s always a solution if you’re creative. Instead of seeing herself as a victim, she sees herself as empowered. Jessica is the world’s first licensed armless pilot, as well as the first armless black-belt in the American Taekwondo Association. So inspiring!