Happy Valentine’s Day, dear readers. Sending each of you some inspiration on this day that we celebrate LOVE!
An uplifted spirit infuses the body/mind with vital life energy to help bring us back in balance. Here are five words that help to catch this spirit of healing:
CONNECT…We discover who we are through others who ‘mirror’ different aspects of our unique essence. I never would have become an acupuncturist had I not opted to become unlikely friends with a man from China. He helped me to discover my gift for helping others to heal…and I almost cancelled on meeting him! When we can put aside our judgments of others, we see things from new and different perspectives. This can change our lives.
CHALLENGE…Sometimes we need to jump out of our comfort zones. I am determined to finish the book I have been working on for years. One day last summer I felt like I needed some help. With a little research and a phone call I joined a group of local writers to listen and read to each other. It was just what I needed to keep my creative juices flowing.
MOVE…in ways you enjoy while getting the exercise you need. Lately, I have been attending dance class at DNA. They have something for everyone there–from African contemporary and Flamenco to hip-hop, Pilates, and Mind Body Dancer Yoga. I opt for Simonson dance for its easy-on-the-joints but rigorous and uplifting workout. The time goes by fast and when I hop on the subway to go home, I am sweaty and smiling and ready to get on with the rest of my day feeling much better than if I had chosen not to go.
FAST…Give up one thing that is not good for you, even if it is only one day a week—too much sugar, bread, red wine, or martinis? Take an inventory of those things that can tip the scales of a healthy balance. Saying no engenders temperance as well which builds character. Always a good thing.
AMEND…as in ‘make things better’ and ‘make them now’! We all have relationships that could use a little rejuvenation. Be creative.
There are other words I can think of to inspire health–laughter, curiosity, and community. Take a moment to come up with a few of your own.