Jul 12, 2019
No more excuses...begin now
Most of us know that in order to be well (in body, mind and soul) there are certain daily habits that are important. In Ayurveda we call this dinacharya and the focus is realigning our body to its natural rhythms. These basic fundamentals of wellness are true to some extent no matter what lineage, whether it be Chinese medicine, Ayurveda or Western medicine.
Get enough restful sleep. Stay hydrated. Move your body everyday. Find time for stillness. Connect with other humans. Nourish your body with living, green foods. Go outside. Feel the sun on your skin. Limit the amount of stress in your life. Connect to spirit.
But, are you doing this? Are your daily habits supporting this way of living?
And if we know that these are the choices and habits that will lead us to feel good, be well and give us the space we need to connect more deeply to our soul’s purpose or calling (dharma) then why don’t we do them?
This inquiry isn’t about judging yourself, it is about awareness and curiosity. It is about profound honesty.
In your curiosity ask yourself why you aren’t choosing to give your body what it needs to have the best chance of being well. It seems easy enough, right?
We live in a time with so many distractions. There are so many competing desires (Netflix keeping anyone else up late?). There are obstacles to living in integrity. Everyday. Everywhere we look.
Our culture itself is a huge obstacle.
The stakes are high. In our culture today the leading causes of death are entirely preventable. Rates of depression, anxiety, suicide, and auto-immune disease are steadily rising every year.
So, what competing desires or obstacles show up for you that may keep you from living in integrity and aligning your body to its natural rhythms?
Competing desires often show up as addiction. Addiction to food, drugs, sex, screens, shopping, alcohol, stimulants. Or as co-dependency.
Obstacles often show up as overwhelm, fatigue, exhaustion. We don't plan ahead and we don’t ask for the help we need. We over schedule ourselves and don’t set necessary boundaries so that we can give ourselves the space and time to connect to what makes our soul happy.
And the mind is very good at coming up with excuses (and they’re really convincing). These traps and pitfalls of the mind may be preventing us from choosing to live in alignment with what we know keeps us well. And when we are out of alignment in one layer of the body it impacts the others.
Here are some common excuses my mind comes up with on the regular:
- I’m too cool for this (going to bed early, eating well, etc...fill in the blank)
- I’ll start tomorrow
- I don’t have enough time
- That might work for others, but not for me
- My life is harder than others
- I’m too busy
- I should be worrying about others’ needs first
- I am not worth it
- I’m too tired
- I’m pregnant
- I’m a new mom
- It’s inconvenient
- I don’t have time to do it all so why try anything
Any of these sound familiar?
Of course, there is truth to some of this. There are different seasons of life that impact us in different ways and require us to make shifts. How you cared for your body in your 20s looks different than how you care for your body in your 50s, for example.
So, instead of beating yourself up or getting sidetracked by the need for perfection (our minds are very good at finding ways to self-sabotage, but I’ll leave this for another day...stay tuned), simply ask yourself, what is the next right thing...right now...that will support my health in the physical body, yes, but also in the mental/emotional body so that you can build your capacity to cope with what is happening all around you and have the strength and courage to advocate for and contribute to meaningful change in the world. When you are well you do less harm to yourself and to those around you.
Cultivating habits that allow your body and physiology to thrive provides the space to align with a deeper why. The reason you are here. And the world needs you.
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