I wrote this back in the beginning of 2015. It’s just a rough list of what I believe to be the “key” to a healthy, happy and long life. It’s something I aspire to live by and need to remind myself of daily.
- Whole foods
- Avoid excessive dairy
- Avoid processed food
- Eat less meat
- Lots of dark leafy greens
- Colorful veggies
- Sugar only from nature
- lots of water
- It is important that the water is clean from pollutants and fluoride
- Spring water is the best because of the minerals
- When you don’t have enough water your body will age more rapidly
- Helps with fatigue and brain function
- Focus on your breath
- Oxygen helps your organs function
- Take deep breaths as often as you can, when the air is fresh
- The body needs movement, it helps your blood to flow
- Good for circulation
- Our bodies need rest, 8 hours is ideal for a nights sleep
- Dreaming is a key into the inner workings of our minds
- living in the past and future can create stress or anxiety
- Once you realize that there is only ever right now, then stressing has very little importance and relevance in your life
- The more grateful you are, the more happy you will be.
- Appreciate the people or beings that bring you joy (let them know)
- Be happy with what you have
- Stress has been proven to destroy both mind and body
- Meditation/yoga can help release stress
- Figure out what helps you when you feel stressed
- Worship love, it is such a special thing that we are capable of feeling
- Love all living things as much as you can
- Too much of anything is bad
- Find ways to balance every aspect of your life
- Don’t hyper-extend yourself
- Be silly if you want to be silly
- Express yourself in what you do
- Don’t work jobs you hate
- Do what you love
- Don’t worry about what others might think of you if your expressing your
true self. Those who matter will love you for it
- We will never run out of things to learn
- Embrace the fact that we know only a speck of what is available to us
- Be a student of life
- Follow your passions and excitements
- Do what makes you happy
- Spend time with the people who matter
A couple things that I learned in the past 8 months are;
- Make time for nature
- Logout of cyberspace and into reality – When your head is down, no matter how many people you are talking to, you’re not existing in the moment. Look up, live life.
- Build community with friends and family
When we are first born into existence, EVERYTHING is new. We look at every moment of every day as an opportunity to absorb information and develop ourselves as members of society. As the years pass, we start to cultivate beliefs, and with those beliefs we begin to create boxes and parameters to live by. Once we start living in these boxes, it becomes difficult to believe anything that doesn’t align with our original set of core beliefs. Some of those beliefs are simple, like, “a rock is hard” and some are much more complicated, like, “I am a woman, and women should wear makeup in order to look pretty.” We create these rules, and we chose to live by them. In doing so, we close ourselves off to the endless possibilities that life has to offer. Stepping outside of our routine, comfort zone and state, presents us with an opportunity to see that worlds of people have grown up with different sets of rules, and different understandings of life. When we realize that everything we know, is written in pencil and can be erased and reworked, we start to realize our potential as humans in this amazing world, that is our Earth.
Traveling opens our eyes and builds the resume of our soul. Once, I visited a tarot card reader/psychic medium, and I asked her to tell me about my past lives. She started to tell me story after story of many lives I had once belonged to. They were all just snippets and pieces of a full lifetime. I was so excited, interested and amazed at all the things I had possibly done. Then I looked back on the life I was living now, and started to think about it as if it were one of the stories she had shared. I realized that, my story would have given me a similar excitement. I’m from a wonderful family that has given me an enormous amount of love, encouragement and support. I found a career that allows me to be an artist for a living, and not starve! I’m so very grateful for this life and am eager to keep learning and unlearning and relearning everything, over and over again.
So much admiration goes out to the 3 year old that says with certainty, “I am going to be a doctor.” Then spends the following however many years studying and training to do just that. I used to be envious of this confidence and understanding of life purpose. Now-a-days I subscribe to a different belief (which comforts the person in me who has always lacked conviction).
I believe that the path is the point. It’s not the end goal, but instead, every moment, every choice and the emotions that are happening right now.
This isn’t to say that goals aren’t good to have, or that our history didn’t help shape the person we are today. This just means that this very moment right now, is who you are and what life is all about. The person you were, and the person you’ll be, do not exist. The only person in existence right NOW is you. The you who is reading my blog. By the way, thank you for reading my blog, it means a lot to me!
If we can practice living in the moment, then we’ll learn that we always have choices. If you suddenly have the desire to go for a walk, draw, sing, dance, swim, hike, run, cook, bike, or whatever tickles your fancy, what’s stopping you? I know we have obligations, but lets not forget the responsibility we have for ourselves, our sanity and our peace of mind. Take a moment to do one thing, right now, which makes you truly happy! Be in that moment, enjoy it.
When I was 18, my mom told me that everyone is a perfectly wrapped, amazing gift. Some people start opening their gift right away, while others wait 30 to 60 years, or even an entire lifetime to share the contents of who they are, with the world. When they finally do, they make the World and those around them a better place. As I have come to understand, discovering your gift has much to do with following your passions and excitements in life. At every moment in every day, we are given the opportunity to choose the path we’ll take. We choose it, sometimes so quickly that it goes unnoticed. Other times we feel like we don’t have any choice, but it’s our choice to feel that way too! The idea is to realize that there is always something you would prefer, and to take that path. It can mean being spontaneous, but it shouldn’t mean skipping school or work (unless it does). It doesn’t always mean that you are going to have fun, but perhaps you’ll be doing what your heart knows is right in that moment. I’m starting this dialog in attempt to share some of the amazing and wonderful wisdom that I have come to live by. I hope that by doing so, I remind you of the connection we all share.