Food for Thought

Pausing to Drink

Take the time today to really notice and appreciate the beauty that surrounds you.

Sometimes we go through whole days without really tuning in to the beauty of nature that surrounds us. We have a habit of seeing it without really taking it in, yet once we begin to notice it we treat ourselves to an exquisite realm of subtle, complex scents, miraculous forms, and ethereal light. The natural world enriches our entire being through the vehicles of our senses. When we are low, nature lifts our spirits. When we are tired, it rejuvenates us— if we pause long enough to drink from its beauty. If you have fallen out of the practice of taking time to observe the light as it filters through the leaves of a tree, or the concentric rings a raindrop makes as it plops into a puddle, you can retune yourself by dedicating a day to noticing the beauty in nature.

On this day, one possibility is to rise early enough to see the sunrise. Watching the sky change colors and the world emerge from darkness is an experience that will influence the whole rest of your day in ways that words cannot describe. Or simply observe the quality of the morning light as it infuses the world with its particular pale golden beauty. You may let the light play on your own hand, remembering that you are also part of the natural world. Let your intuition guide you to the elements of nature that call to you throughout the day, such as the sound of the wind as it shakes and sways a tree or the feeling of snowflakes landing on your warm eyelids and cheeks.

After you devote one day to opening your eyes more fully to the beauty of nature, you may want to make this part of your daily routine. Each day drink from the beauty all around you, and allow it to rejuvenate your entire being. All you have to do is pause, for just one minute, and really take it in, remembering to thank Mother Nature for her beauty.
               From DailyOM, by Madisyn Taylor

Also, Check out this fascinating story published in The Atlantic.
      . . . "Nature restores mental functioning in the same way that food and water restore bodies . . ."


Wonderment Of Life

The Things We Take For Granted

Most of us begin our days with a continuous list of things we need to do to keep our lives running smoothly, but we rarely take time to note all the things we don't need to do. For example, we don't need to figure out how to breathe. We don't need to find a way to make sure the earth continues to revolve around the sun. We don't need to concentrate to ensure that our heart beats and our cells regenerate. All of these things, and many more, take care of themselves without our having to think or do anything at all. This is the miracle of life on earth.

Beyond the wonder of the natural world, we have the wonder of human-created conditions such as indoor plumbing, electricity, automobiles, airplanes, telephones, and the Internet to name a few. Someone living just a hundred years ago would be overwhelmed by the ease with which we can communicate with people all over the world. Every day, millions of us jump on airplanes and fly to distant locations in a matter of hours. If we have access to a computer, we can read obscure information about any subject, free of charge, at any time of the day or night. And yet, it's only when one of these miraculous inventions fails that we notice it at all.

When you wake up tomorrow, take time to notice how many things are running smoothly, how many small miracles compose your day. If you wear glasses or contact lenses, as you put them on, take a moment to appreciate the fact that without them, you would be unable to see. Your life would be entirely different if someone hadn't invented corrective lenses. As you take in your world, you might feel a moment of gratitude for the basic fact that, once again, the sun has risen to illuminate the abundant earth, and the earth's gravitational field holds you and all that you hold dear in a tight, life-affirming embrace.
             From DailyOM, by Madisyn Taylor


Tips for Starting Your Wellness Program Today

Steps to Healthier Living

Write down your goals and desires. What’s your wellness vision? Where do you envision yourself three to five years from now? Set three-month and weekly goals based on your wellness vision.
        Goals should be SMART: Specific, Measurable, Action-based, Realistic and Time-oriented.

Ask what, when and how. Make a list of the hurdles that keep getting in your way of living a satisfied life. Determine which are true obstacles— what you need to work around, find solutions to— and the excuses!

Have a plan. Set a plan for accomplishing your goals, as well as solutions for overcoming the hurdles. Make it flexible, with fortitude and fun. Make it active. Include specific steps you will take to reach your goals.

Start a journal. Your goals, desires, barriers, obstacles, excuses, solutions and plan should all be a part of your journal. Set it up so it’s easy to use— so that you will use it. Include space to let your thoughts flow. Use it to voice your feelings, vent, rejoice and celebrate. You will be amazed how freeing it is!

• Begin your journey where you are right now. Where are you right now, this moment, on your journey? Accept where you are, where you need/want to be, then begin to take the steps necessary to bridge that gap.

Take one step at a time. Take those small steps in order to reach a place of wellbeing. Make it fit your lifestyle.

Learn from your setbacks. Making mistakes and experiencing failure is all a part of being human and living— the human condition! Rather than getting down on yourself, take that setback and turn it into something positive— something you can use to reach your goals. Sometimes life is indeed two steps forward, one step back!

Spend some time ‘cleaning house.’ This is intended to be both literal and figurative. When our 'homes' are a cluttered mess, it’s impossible to function well. Ditto for our schedules. Create a list of your activities. Decide which ones aren’t contributing to your overall purpose in life. Concentrate on those activities that bring meaning to your life, and ultimately to others!

Stop comparing yourself to others. We’re bombarded by images of ‘perfect’ bodies every day. It’s easy to get caught up in all of it and feel as though we’ll never measure up— and chances are, we won’t. Let’s get real! Stop comparing yourself to a fantasy— just BE the best you that YOU can be, while enjoying every minute.

Reward yourself. Yes, it is OK to feel good about yourself! And it’s OK, and beneficial, to reward yourself for your accomplishments, no matter how small they may seem. Lunch with a friend, a walk in the sunshine, new outfit, relaxing bath . . . whatever you wouldn’t normally take the time to do, as long as it contributes to your wellbeing, is a great reward!

Learn what nourishes you and integrate more of that into your life!

How are YOU being nourished?

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