Healthy Takes (a Life)Time
Just a little PSA reminder that being healthy takes time. Because in this age of "instant gratification", where we are increasingly conditioned to expect everything NOW --- it is important to be reminded that change takes time. Change happens in the tiniest ways, often unnoticeable to our eyes and minds that are working, scanning, moving so fast trying to keep up with the frantic pace. The goal? I'm sure it's different for everyone, but it sure isn't for your toes to touch your head - though that may be one of the miracles that happens somewhere along the way. For me, the goal is lifelong health & wellness. Not just dragging my meat-wrapped skeleton out of bed in the morning to dredge through the day before ending up back under the covers at night. I want to feel good in my body. Great even. I want to use these legs to run and jump. I want to feel my bare feet on the earth. I want to stretch my arms to the sky on a beautiful day and gratefully feel the sun shining on my smiling face. I want to feel the soreness after a day filled with activities that engage my muscles and nourish my soul.
So in this world of two-day shipping that arrives even on a Sunday, miracle diets, promising potions, 8-day-cleanses, 24hr customer service, and shops open at all hours in the name of convenience..... remember that feeling good is a SLOW, every day job. A JOB. Put that shit on your to-do list. Commit to feeling good. When your body feels good, your mind feels good. When your mind feels good, your mindset is more positive. A positive mindset attracts more positivity. A positive mindset more readily accepts challenges, and can see lessons & silver linings when life inevitably tosses in a plot twist (or eight). In this world that is moving faster and faster... remember that health and wellness is a slow and steady endeavor. Health and wellness is a lifestyle. It's not a "21-day fix". If you had a friend who ate fast food three meals a day every day of the week, but took a multivitamin each day, would you say they are being healthy? Or a different friend who leads a very sedentary lifestyle - sitting at work, sitting for a long commute, sitting at home by the TV. But this friends works out 2 times a week for one hour. Is this person leading a healthy life? We can all agree that at least they are doing something. But you can see where I'm going here. The point is there isn't one miracle vitamin, or one fad workout that is THE sole key to health. A human being is a whole miraculous grouping of systems that work together. This miraculous grouping needs to move every day, and needs to eat every day. How we do those two things regularly is the source of our wellness. Our daily wellness. Our lifelong wellness. You probably don't need your FitBit to tell you that you had a great hike with your pooch or an epic play outside with your kids. Your smart watch probably doesn't tell you how clear your mind feels after a yoga class, how energized your feel after a healthy meal, or how rewarding a day in your garden is. We already inherently KNOW these things are good for us. Body, mind, and soul good. So go on, show up to the job of feeling good. Great even. But bring your patience. Because it takes a lifetime.
Feel-Good Homework: Do an activity this weekend that engages you on 2 or more of these planes: physical, mental, social, in nature. For example, hiking with your favorite canine engages you physically and in nature; a game of frisbee at the park with friends checks all four boxes. Keep it simple! I'd love to hear about what you get up to!