When you are unwell
Chronic ill health is not who you are, and there is never a better time than now to start turning things around.
Everything in your life has a purpose and a gift. Illness occurs so that we can grow, and change our thoughts, attitudes and behaviour so that we live as happier and healthier individuals. This is a celebration! The cycle of illness and wellness is one that can be understood and quantified.
What you can learn from poor health is self care, self love and self nurture. These lessons are just as true for adults as they are for children.
Investing in yourself, in your physical body, your immunity and your mind, is investment that will set you up for greater health and quality of life as you get older. The intentions and efforts that you place into your life now will not only improve your life now, but will also continue to benefit you in the future.
The investments that you make by educating your children to be healthy in mind and body, will also reap rewards.
What I know for sure is what you put into your family’s health and wellness you get out. The investment is worth it! This is also true about the time you invest in nutrition, exercise, sleep and practicing mindfulness.
I know you want to make a difference, every one of us can as long as we stay true to what our heart is being moved to achieve.
Managing your life through natural means, such as living yoga, meditation and the principles from the science of life, ayurveda, are a great way to improve your health. In addition, Ayurveda’s traditionally used medicines in their unique formulas have been used for centuries, There is great merit in the application of these traditional medicines over the last 200 years, they are fantastic!
Know what works for you
Not necessary try to replicate anyone else’s life. You need to be true to yourself and honour what works for you. Your best friend might get up to run every morning at 5.30am, but you prefer may to sleep as long as you can. Stop judging yourself for what you do. Notice the elements that make you thrive, and then implement them consistently. The only person you need to make happy is you. So, do what works. And remember: don’t judge your insides with someone else’s outsides.
Place your wellbeing first
Did you have a violent reaction to the suggestion that you put yourself first? Many people do. It’s just not in our nature to put ourselves at the top of the list. But it needs to be. You need to be well to live a balanced life - truly, glowingly, gloriously well. Drink green juice. Get your eight hours sleep. Do yoga. Meditate. Nurture your relationships. Walk on the beach. Look at the stars. Connect through your spiritual practice. Take your holidays. And restore yourself regularly. Do whatever works for you, but you must look after your health and vitality to live your best life. Make you your first priority and bring the colour back into your life.
We all have voices in our heads that guide us through the day. If it’s the snarky voice that says you are not good enough, that you're a bit too chubby and that you can’t have what you want, it’s time to tune that voice out, and tune in to the nurturing inner voice that comes from your intuition, is your inner guide, and knows what is best for you. Bring some silence into your days so you can tell the beneficial voices from the unhelpful, and learn to trust your inner wisdom. Your truth will never steer you wrong. You just have to learn to listen.
Learn to meditate
The fast track to hearing and trusting your inner guide is through the practice of meditation. Balanced people soon get over the fear that they can’t meditate and learn to sit with the practice that can change everything. Just sit for five minutes twice a day, in stillness, eyes closed, following your breath. As your thoughts come and go, gently bring your attention back to your breath. Gradually, you can extend this time, however, even just five minutes at a time can be life-changing. Give yourself this gift of time and space. It is a core piece of the balance puzzle.
I encourage you to start your own healing journey now. Don’t wait any longer to move the progress of your health cycle forward.
If you would like some assistance in moving forward please contact me. I have treated thousands of students and patients over the past 40 years and their health has moved forward in leaps and bounds.
Shanti Gowans is the globally recognised author and founder of Shanti Yoga™, Meditation and Ayurveda for the self, family and community.
Shantiji has brought the concepts and practices of a healthy body and a still mind to thousands of Australians through her Yoga and Meditation programs on national television... Read more about Shantiji's biography
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