Each of us is a “whole” person, taking into consideration the mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual states of well being. The focus of holistic health focuses more on prevention than cure, helping the body achieve balance and optimal health.
Each year as I go into winter, I focus on winter wellness. particularly physical and mental health. I've embarked on a "Winter Wellness Workout" with the goal to get both my body and my mind in better shape.
Winter Wellness Plan
Here is my "Winter Wellness" Plan:
(1) Staying active through exercise and physical activity throughout the week
(2) Eating well by following the nutritional guide through TLS to healthy eating
(I'm a certified TLS wellness coach and trainer. If you're interested in learning more about TLS, please don't hesitate to contact me)
(3) Sleep at least 7.5 hours every night
The practice of Mindfulness was introduced to me through an online course I did in 2010. Since then I have been working on living in the moment. I participated in an online awareness event through facebook 3 years ago called "Mindfulness in May" with the Mindfulness Coach John Shearer, where I committed to practicing and sharing what I've learned daily during those 4 weeks, and I found the experience really beneficial to me.
Three months after the Mindful May event, I had the privilege of meeting John Shearer at Deakin University during the 'Shaping The Future Conference'. Below is a clip of John and I sharing on the mindful actions, and how lives are transformed through the mindful way. It's interesting that 3 years ago this time John was going to publish his first book, and now I'm going to publish mine as well. Looks like I'm following his footsteps :)
To learn more about mindfulness, I high recommend that you purchase John's book "Mindful Actions"
Snippets from "Mindful Actions" that I am challenged and challenged by:
* Be mindful in all your activities. This means focusing your awareness on the present moment while calmly acknowledging and accepting non-judgmentally whatever thoughts, feelings and bodily sensations arise
* Your silent observer is that part of you that is pure awareness, a perspective to observe self-as-context. This is a process, not a thing, an awareness of awareness itself
* The key is to look at your thoughts for what they really are...just thoughts. No need to dwell on them, act on them, fight with them or try to avoid them.
* Become aware of your silent observer looking at your thoughts. Your silent observer is that part of you that is pure awareness.
Mindfulness is paying attention to present moment experiences, with openness, curiosity and a willingness to be with what is. It is the energy of being aware and awake to the present moment. It is the continuous practice of touching life deeply in every moment of daily life. To be mindful is to be truly alive and present with those around you and with what you are doing. BE MINDFUL AND BE WELL!