Fall is in full swing and on the West Coast it has been cooler and wetter than past years. In the city of Vancouver where I live, we are already bundled in jackets, toques and scarves as winter seems to be at the door.
With the busyness of our lives many people are stressed and feeling overwhelmed. They may be struggling at work or in their relationships and are unsure about the future. For example, let’s say someone is struggling at work – they aren’t happy in their job and want out but have no idea what to do. They feel trapped. Physically they aren’t sleeping and have an upset stomach often. When we are sleep deprived you aren’t focused, and this can have a huge impact on work. Emotionally they are frustrated and may even be feeling sorry for themselves because they feel this is being done to them.
They are overwhelmed and don’t know what to do. What is happening is their vibration is dropping and they don’t know how to get it up. This is what I call ‘Going down the rabbit hole.’ They may look to alcohol, drugs, food, internet, or binge watch Netflix. These escapes compound the problem and never help them find the solution. Spiritually, they may be getting messages (because we always are) but because they are out of balance, they can’t hear them.
Being balanced is the key. Our bodies are always checking in with each other and if something is out of balance the body will try to bring us back into balance. This is called homeostasis. This is going on all the time and we only become aware of it when we are injured or in crisis.
If one was able to realize they are out of balance, they could start physically looking at ways to feel healthier and stronger. Looking at their diet and water intake – which is huge. Perhaps they could start to walk for 30 minutes every day to move their body and push through stagnant energy. Mentally they would want to start observing their thoughts and emotions. Awareness is 80% of the solution because then you can begin to shift from a negative mindset to a positive one. Maybe they focus on activities that get them out of their minds and into their body. Being in the body is so important to living a balanced life. Spiritually they could begin to quiet themselves daily starting with 30 seconds. They could start meditating and praying. Prayer is asking and meditation is listening to a higher power. Again, balance is the key. It is about finding balance in all the bodies and in my opinion finding holistic ways to support yourself to come back into balance.
Years ago, when I was struggling in my grief I realized that my health is my responsibility and I developed a practice which has evolved over the years. I teach this to others because I believe it is essential to our lives today – I call it “Platform of Well-being.” It focuses on the components of wellness.
I say this all the time and that is we are much more than our physical body. We also have a mental, emotional, spiritual, and an etheric body. All these bodies weave together and are connected — together they are you. Think about a chair that has four legs and let’s say that one leg is your physical body, one leg is your mental body, one leg is your emotional body and one leg is your spiritual body. What if one of the legs is shorter than all the others, will the chair be able to stand? What if two legs are the same length and 2 legs are different lengths, will the chair stand? What if one leg is missing, will the chair stand? Again, we are back to how balance is key. All aspects of our bodies need to be balanced so we can be secure and thrive in this life.
These are just a few ideas for you to think about. Establishing your “Platform of Well-being” is a practice that you will use for the rest of your life. As you can see it is never just one thing that causes imbalance. We are very complex beings and one must look at all aspects of self. As you do this you will begin your practice and establish your “Platform of Well-being.” Once established you will notice when you are out of balance and know how to support yourself to get back into balance.
Need a remedy? Drink something to calm the mind and emotions. This tea is so fast and easy to make, and you will notice the difference in your overall well-being.
I’m on a mission to support people who are struggling to achieve balance in their lives. If you have a friend or family member who needs to hear this message please share this article with them.