Holistic wellness has become a popular topic in the media and in conversation. Nonetheless, there is a difference in scale from desiring wellness to the moment actions are taken. The key success factor is unwavering and disciplined completion of each undertaking, in order to improve the quality of one’s life.
“Sometimes just making a conscious choice to slow down a little and live more in the present moment sparks a chain of events that improves stress levels and states of health.”
Wellness is a Way of Life. Wellness professionals have identified stumbling blocks (habits, actions, and self-limiting attitudes) on the pathway toward achieving optimal health, such as:
- “Disorganized or uncertain priorities.
- Self-limiting beliefs.
- Fear of stepping beyond comfort levels.
- Living on emotions.”
“It is not passing inspirations or brilliant ideas, so much as everyday habits that control your life.” (-The Law of Success)
The process itself is one of becoming; it is a journey of remembering how to be a healing presence within the flow of life itself. Through application of fundamental spiritual principles, it is time to remember full potential, without tripping oneself. There are basis steps involved to achieve committed action:
- “Cultivation of Spiritual Awareness.
- Reduction of Personal and Environmental Stresses.
- Behavior Modifications.
- Specific Routines for Living Well.”
Sometimes the best thing done is taking better care: Spending more time in nature, the regular practice of meditation/prayer, healthy food choices, and engaging in physical activity. It has been said these are the types of actions that energize body, mind, and spirit.
Professional is equal to Personal Impacts. Sharon Weinstein, MS, RN, CRNI, FACW, FAAN is a trainer, consultant and speaker on a diversity of topics related to health and well-being. In Sharon’s book, B is for Balance, she provides straightforward and practical guidance about gaining balance by living and working smarter and better.
While emphasizing that work-life balance is achievable but not easy, Mrs. Weinstein invites readers to join her on a meaningful and personal journey to attain the balance desired, ending each chapter with “Balancing Act” exercises to help along the way. Every professional wants balance between life at work and life at home, but how does one find that in todays overworked, overscheduled world?
Enlightenment takes Time and Energy. The first-step is forming a relationship of gentleness and kindness with one’s true Self. The process is not perfect, yet guaranteed by Spirit is a successful outcome based upon sincere effort. It has been said that “actions are the working result of desires, priorities, beliefs, and emotions; therefore, these affect the quality of the quest for wellness, in either a positive or negative way. There is no neutral!”
“True freedom consists in performing all actions – eating, reading, working, and so forth – in accordance with right judgment and choice of will, not in being compelled by habits. Eat what you should eat and not necessarily what you are used to. Do what you ought to do, not what your bad habits dictate.” (-Scientific Healing Affirmations)
The good news is the gift of free will: With wisdom, one’s daily choices are made based upon soul’s destiny. The ensuing creative and well-functioned life; it is often identified in ancient spiritual teachings as, living a “Life Surrendered in God.”
‘Grace cannot be Earned, it can only be Accepted.’ In the book of the same name, Life Surrendered in God, master teacher and author, Roy Eugene Davis provides advice for enlightened living, in the format of routines, meditation techniques, and lifestyle guidelines. Davis’ premise is that one’s behavior and choice of living reveals the level of soul awareness. Further, he shares that a determining factor of emotional maturity is evidenced by how one relates to others, environment, and circumstances.
Davis recommends that by following a routine to stabilize life and support spiritual growth, one learns to live like enlightened people do: “Remain anchored in spiritual awareness and be in harmony with the rhythms of nature.” While attending to basic daily duties (keeping in mind physical-energy-spirit integration across all levels of the body), this is how one’s presence becomes a blessing, with constant mindfulness of the redeeming influence of grace in a life:
- Awaken early in the morning.
- Prepare for meditation.
- Begin the day’s activities.
- Let your activities be constructive.
- Meditate in the evening.
- Retire for the night.
Through these gentle actions of returning back to basics, along with true kindness toward self and the cultivation of sincere compassion for the human condition; a positive example of “living life as intended” reflects outward for the benefit of ALL now and in future.
Meditation on Right Attitude: “You alone are responsible for yourself. No one else may answer for your deeds, when the final reckoning comes. Your work in the world – in the sphere where your own past activity (karma) has placed you – can be performed by only one person, yourself. And your work can be called a ‘success’ only when in some way it serves your fellowman.” (-The Law of Success)