What is it that makes one "be well"??
Your doctor may say it depends on your weight, your cholesterol, your Vitamin D level or your bone density but to me it is a balanced state of mind, body and soul.
Waking up every morning excited and grateful for whatever the day will bring, feeling vital, grateful, expressive and alive!
Obviously it is important to move gently, eat properly, drink enough water and breathe some fresh air but what do we do to make sure that our thoughts are positive and not self deprecating, our hearts are full of love and not resentment, that we are grateful, that we forgive easily and don't hold a grudge, that we are connected to family and community feeling inclusive and included???
Allow me share some of my personal tricks and let me invite you to share yours.
1. I have a rainbow maker in my bedroom that makes me smile the moment I open my eyes. Like fairies floating all over the room the colors circle and sway, bringing such joy that it is impossible not to jump out of bed with happy enthusiasm and joy.
2. I exercise every day and love that AeroPilates is gentle and all encompassing. My body hums as I stretch and strengthen every muscle and my joints are grateful that I can improve my heart health without any longer pounding the concrete pavement. I switch up my cardio routine by changing the number of cords as I jump. From 1-3 cords I work every muscle and build up a solid sweat!
3. I eat small meals regularly, always including protein, complex carbohydrates and healthy fat AND I stay away from any food that man has meddled with!
4. I use every opportunity, out in public, to engage with people. I smile, chat, assist when I can and try to come from a place of honest expression and love.
5. I remind myself how lucky I am to have the friends, family and experiences that I have.
6. I work daily to reduce my stress, refrain from over reacting and enjoy some down time: a walk along the river, a moment in the garden, a chat with a girl friend, a game with my son or simply a few minutes of total silence.