Mindfulness and Rejuvenating the Soul for Better Health

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GPS for the Soul – The Huffington Post
Mindfulness and Rejuvenating the Soul for Better Health
Why is it that children can be so carefree and lighthearted, finding joy in even the smallest and most mundane things? As adults we tend to forget how to appreciate the little things in life. We let ourselves become saddled down with stress and worries, which eventually take their toll on our hearts, bodies and spirits. To rejuvenate our physical, emotional and spiritual selves, it is important to truly appreciate and celebrate this short life we have by learning to live in the moment. Being mindful and being present is the only way to enjoy life to the fullest.

We can all learn a great deal from the way children approach life. Rather than allowing the worries and troubles of the day to continue to tear at your soul and spirit, become engaged in the joy of living for that particular moment. If it’s raining, turn your face to the sky and taste it. Roll in the grass and squish your toes in the mud. Enjoy every sensation that comes with being alive, and be thankful for the gift of life.

Even in the most difficult circumstances, we can focus on a single moment that provides a reason to be joyful. As you become aware of the moment by being more mindful, you begin to connect with your inner self, and this helps to energize your soul with essential nourishment to counterbalance any negative emotions that you may be feeling.

There many benefits to fully living and experiencing a single moment of life. For one, you feel less stressed, which causes a decrease in the levels of cortisol and adrenaline coursing through your body. Cortisol and adrenaline increase your heart rate, blood pressure and glucose levels. In addition, you tend to breathe more deeply when you are being present and aware, thus greatly improving circulation. Finally, your mood will be elevated and you will feel more at peace with yourself and the world around you.

At first it may not be easy to get in touch with your inner self and fully appreciate the moment. Learning how to slow down the pace is crucial to honing your focus and awareness, and one of the best ways to train yourself to slow things down is by practicing meditation. Studies show that meditation can help you relax the mind, reduce stress and lower blood pressure. This puts you in a state of restful alertness and allows you to become more receptive to your emotions.

Gratitude is another way to remind yourself of the good in the world so that you can fully appreciate life. Every morning before I get out of bed, and every evening before I fall asleep, I try to think of three things to be grateful for. This could be anything from my children to a smile from a stranger on the street. Even if I’ve had a bad day, I find that there is always something to be thankful for.

Of course the right food, exercise and healthy lifestyle changes will rejuvenate your body, strengthen your heart, and revitalize your mind. However, gaining an understanding of our emotions and learning how to live soulfully and spiritually in the moment are also essential to heart health. To live a rich and full life that is full of vitality and health, take a page from a children’s book and learn how to delight in the random moments that come your way.

For more information about balancing your body, mind and spirit and healthy living, please read my comprehensive book on heart health, Your Vibrant Heart: Restoring Health, Strength and Spirit from the Body’s Core. The book includes many more insights about how to nurture and care for your heart on both a physical and emotional level.

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Leave Positive Footprints in the Sand
“I’m gonna make my world a better place.
I’m gonna keep that smile on my face.” — “A Better Man” (Keb Mo)

Life at times seems like a mystery that is never for solving.

With its ups and downs, turns of fate, misfortune and luck there’s sometimes not a whole lot of sense to be made of why things are the way they are or happen the way they do.

Time seems to move too quickly on occasion and painfully slowly at other times.

Sometimes we get what we think we deserve and other times we seem to walk into land mines that we really don’t feel we deserved to walk into.

What is a constant is we all have a responsibility to make our lives the best they can be. A responsibility to both ourselves and the world at large.

Too often we are focused on what we can get out of life.

We want to get as much as we can out of our time. Life can feel short after all and passes by quickly.

We strive for more.

We strive for better.

We strive for bigger.

We strive for new.

We strive for change.

Achievements are to be celebrated. Challenges met. Maybe even legacies written. This is all part of what makes life rich and fulfilling. It’s fuel that drives us.

What we don’t always keep in focus is what we can give back.

As much as we may take, we must look to give more back.

The Debt We All Owe

We all have a part to play in making this planet a better place to be in some small way. We all have a responsibility to be positive influences to those around us. We have a responsibility to be the best us we can be.

It should be a responsibility we gratefully embrace. A challenge we do our best to meet.

How can we repay this debt?

There are many ways but some that come to mind include:

By being a better friend.

By being a better parent.

By being a better husband/wife/partner.

By being a better son/daughter/brother/sister.

By doing our level best to be a positive influence and perhaps role model or mentor to others.

By helping and supporting a good cause.

By being a better employee.

By being a better employer.

By being a better neighbor.

By taking care of and encouraging nature around us.

By leaving less of a carbon footprint.

By accepting others for who they are not who we want them to be.

By offering our time and expertise voluntarily.

By making a hot meal or buying a hot drink for someone that isn’t sure where their next is coming from.

By doing our best to smile at adversity.

By being less judgmental.

By being understanding.

By thinking of others.

Giving gives back. It’s something that makes us feel pretty good inside. However, it is also a responsibility we all have. It’s a debt that we will always owe this life.

Make sure you are leaving positive footprints in the sand.

Carl is the proud owner of Frictionless Living which is focused on helping readers live a simpler and more personally satisfying life. He is also the author of 22 Ways to Simpler Living. To read more and/or contact him go to his site.

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