It is time to throw open the window, shake out the winter dust and stagger into the sun again. We strive to make up for lost time now the days become longer. It suddenly seems easier to establish and commit to a work-out schedule uninterrupted by the cold. Yoga classes, gym memberships, and beauty salons all climb in attendance as we prepare for the stripped down summer.
The pursuit of the body beautiful is relentless. We spend an immense amount of our resources on the exterior. Think about all the time, money, and energy that can go into the maintenance of our physical body. Clothing, cleaning, exercising and feeding the body consumes such a large part of our lives. We may be obsessed with the upkeep of our hair alone. Think about how we can obsess over it from the top of the head down to the bottom of the legs. The cleaning of it, the styling of it and the removal of it all requires many hours and a great deal of money.
Standards of physical perfection brought on by cultural demands can also breed stress and anxiety over our appearance. Stress is a sure sign of an imbalance in our lives and a perfect way to ruin our summer fun. We are out of balance when our vast inner world is ignored. As suggested by Eckardt Tolle, we must “Get the inside right and the outside falls into place.”
We have an immense interior world made up of thoughts, feelings, imagination, peace, love and prana. These subtle energetic levels of our being vibrate within and are just as real as the bones in our body. Leave judgment at the door and begin the process of balancing our inner and outer lives with kindness and self-compassion. Go within by setting intentions, feeling grateful, and meditating.
Setting an Intention:
We don’t need another to-do list. What we need is a to-be list. Wake up in the morning and think about or even better, imagine how we want to be on this day. Do we want to be peaceful and loving today? Do we want to be productive on this day as we allow our intuition to become a larger part of our decision-making so we can flow from task to task with ease? Do we want to be healthier? Then we can plan to be more mindful with our eating habits. Make a commitment to choose love in every situation. It is better to be happy than to be right all the time.
A gratitude practice is a daily acknowledgment of the many miracles that surround us that we take for granted. There are scientifically proven benefits of writing down one new thing a day we are grateful for in a journal. These include increased physical and mental health, a shift from negative to positive thinking, goal attainment, better attitude, less envy and jealousy, an increased willingness to be helpful to others, and will dissolve compulsive wanting. “Happiness will never come to those who fail to appreciate that which they already have”- Buddha
We could be happy right now, by putting the desire to consume on hold. Be grateful for the real and most valuable things in our life like relationships, experiences and our health. Remember to thank our body for all the silent work that goes on behind the scenes to keep us functioning day to day. We don’t even have to think about breathing, or our heart beating and all the other ways it keeps us alive. An attitude of gratitude will accelerate the healing processes of the body. So show your body some love by promising to make healthy choices to support its work. Fill yourself with gratitude for your amazing body and count your blessings daily.
Meditation is the Key:
Unlock the door to your inner world with meditation. Any kind of meditation will lead you within to a place of authenticity past all the labels we identify with. We are so much more that our hairstyle, gender, occupation, marital status, shortness, tallness, race, politics. As Wayne Dyer put it, “We are spiritual beings having a human experience.” Try his way of defining ourselves more as a spirit within a body, than a body with a spirit. The best way is to literally go deep within where a true self, full of potential resides via a meditative practice.
Start by closing our eyes to leave the exterior behind and begin relaxing the body by becoming mindfully aware of the top of our head down to the soles of our feet. Once we release stress that has been hiding there, we can calm our emotions with some deep breaths. The constant stream of thoughts can best be handled as clouds floating by, as we just watch them come and go without attachment. This will start to slow them down to the point where we become aware of the presence of peace. We can then literally experience the peace that is within us all. We feel a deep thaw occurring within. It is time to melt the walls we have built around our hearts and exercise the finer, subtle dimensions of our bodies.
Healthy living is not just for building muscles so we can look hot in a bikini. Taking equal care to balance the outer body with our inner world by using more of our intuition, imagination, love and allowing positive energy to flow freely, is the recipe for year round happiness and health, and a perfect way to greet the new season with equilibrium.
BIO: Meditating since age 16, Kathryn Remati is a certified Boston-based meditation teacher, writer, and creator of the popular Tranquil Spectrum meditation App for Apple devices. Kathryn completed a BA in Psychology and an MA Organizational Behavior in Australia. For more info and to retain her services for a guided meditation go to http://tranquilspectrum.com or follow Tranquil Spectrum on Twitter, Pinterest, and Facebook. and Instagram.