Unconscious living is the source of all imbalances. We are not aware of what we do, and how it affects not only our own health and wellness, but also the well-being of our loved ones, our environment, and our planet. Our habits are a double edge sword. They help us create a routine, something we can be comfortable with. Having a habitual routine, adds predictability and discipline to our lives. But how many habits are we following unconsciously in our lives everyday? Have we reflected on the consequences of these habits? From small things like aimlessly watching TV, to learning the habit of appearing strong and distant, in order to mask vulnerabilities. How much of what we eat everyday is out of habit? Do we understand the consequences it can have on our well being? Our lifestyle, our nutritional habits, our mental and emotional habits, they all come together and eventually create a solid character of us, often without our awareness.
And what is optimum health? I define optimum health as freedom. Freedom from bonds, limitations and restrictions. Across all dimensions of physical, mental, emotional and spiritual. And what does Freedom mean in these dimensions?
At the physical level, it is freedom of movement. Strength, flexibility, durability and balance. It is creating a refined body that is the conduit for the flow of vital energy.
At the mental level, it is clear thinking, building on all mind powers of memory, reflection, analysis and creativity. It is being free from judgments and dogma. Free from pre-programming’s of culture, parents and peers. Being able to think outside of the box. Having a calm and quiet, yet alert and attentive mind. Rather than your thoughts controlling you, learning to be the master of your thoughts, and using this magnificent creative power to manifest your reality the way you desire it.
At the emotional level, it is freedom of expression. To be able to express all feelings and emotions, and using them as guides to learn about yourself and the other. To remove emotional blockages and stagnations. To celebrate who you are, the way you are, and having the courage and freedom to bring out the song within, and dance with it joyously.
At the spiritual level, it is being connected to your essence, and to the universe. To observe the reality as it is, without cravings or aversions. To be free from attachments. To create and serve without ego. To be present and to follow your bliss. To live in beauty and grace.
These 4 dimensions are all inter-related and integrated. Each affecting the other. Hence the criticality of having a holistic view of the person. Any dis-ease in any of the dimensions will create an imbalance and limitation in the whole. The good news is that the human body and soul has amazing healing powers. All we need to do is to remove blockages and inhibitions, stimulating the flow of energy toward optimum health.