Wellness and Abundance
Wellness and abundance.
I don’t think I am alone in thinking that having both is of great
value. Achieving one is quite an
accomplishment, but acquiring both is spectacular.
Pyramid vs. Cycle
It is a popular practice, and has been for years, to
stack qualities and/or steps to performance on a pyramid chart. This only works well, in my opinion, when you truly
want more of something (foundation of pyramid) and very little of something
else (top of pyramid). The best example
I can offer is the food pyramid I was taught as a child. The categories of foods have changed slightly
since it was introduced, but the reality remains the same. Eat healthy bread and grains, stay away from
high quantities of fats/sweets. Got it.
Not that I live by it completely, but it appears to be reasonable.
Where I take a turn from using the pyramid and switching to a cycle is when I believe all parts have equal merit. I have seen some wellness pyramids where each level is deserving of attention, but I disagree that the foundation element should hold more prominence in my life than the pinnacle.
I see wellness and abundance as a cycle. No one element in the circle should be taken any less weighty than another. Not that we aren’t each stronger in some areas and obviously weak in others. Just that the goal is to achieve balance across the board; always striving to improve where improvement is needed most. One can begin anywhere in a cycle and not screw up the process. You can even focus on elements that don’t touch each other in sequence, but makes the most sense for your life that day.
Having the Right Mindset
To me, having a wellness and abundance mindset means
that you don’t treat others like competitors. You don’t look at someone else’s
success and see it as your own failure. Collaborating together can make
everyone more successful. People who live in the scarcity mindset are
suspicious, jealous and think there’s not enough of anything to go around.
Resources are not limited. Even the land we live on can “increase” with
a little ingenuity. If you only have a small garden plot, learn about ways you
can increase your yield in the same amount of space. It is the same with almost anything to which
we set our mind. We can grow, and help
others do the same, and not be diminished by others achievements. So give! Whatever time, talent or means you
possess, be generous; the universe will reward you by giving you more.
The Wellness and Abundance Cycle
Because writing paragraphs and lists are linear in
nature, I must explain the wellness and abundance cycle in sections.
But this does not mean the order is ranked by importance.
1. Eat Right
Good health is wellness and abundance personified. Health is fresh food. You are surrounded by
amazing, healthy food that is plentiful. Don’t think of life as a deprivation
diet. Food is not an enemy. Embrace the
good eating habits that conform to your personal situation. Explore the possibility that you can change any
bad eating habit you have. Seek out like
minded people and share your knowledge and accept that they can contribute to
yours as well.
2. Move, Breathe, Sleep
Three elements that when combined properly will elevate
not only your physical body, but your mental state as well. Think of all the sickness and disease that
wouldn’t exist if we only got enough exercise, took time each day to breathe
deeply and achieved a peaceful, restful night of sleep. There are countless studies on these three
subjects that clearly point to the overwhelming benefits of acquiring these good
habits. An abundant life would have to include reaching our personal best in
3. Reduce Toxins
I can’t begin to make a list of all the toxins we
expose our bodies to on a daily basis. Harmful substances are found in our
food, health care products, the household cleaners we use, etc. Reducing these
chemicals and additives can only elevate our success in the first two areas of
the cycle discussed above. I am not only talking about the physical toxins that
we have surrounded ourselves with in this modern society either. We must also reduce
toxic thoughts from our minds and step away from toxic encounters with grace.
And whenever possible, avoid the encounter altogether. To live more abundantly,
this is the one element we must reduce.
4. Natural Remedies
I am all for western style medicine when
appropriate. A healthy society would not
exist without the knowledge and accomplishments we have made in medicine. But what I do propose is that we turn too
quickly to a pill that will alleviate symptoms when we should be considering “How
can I help my body heal itself?” Give these tabernacles that we are housed in
what they need and they will gift us back with abundant health and peace of
mind. Seek out the plant-based
supplements that will put necessary building blocks back in our system. Revitalize yourself at the cellular level and
see your outward energy sore. Provide your body necessary nutrients by eating a
rainbow of fruits and vegetables daily. Open your mind to the abundance of
knowledge our forebears knew and your world will change.
5. Mental Clarity
This is over simplifying, but for mental clarity, you
must take command of your own mind. Here are some ideas on how to do that. Learn
to meditate. Not like an Eastern mystic or Tibetan monk. More like taking your
mind to the gym for a workout. Train it to become disciplined, clear and
relaxed. Other tools include avoiding non-essential drugs, regular exercise,
eating right, getting enough sleep, spending time in nature and avoiding
stressful situations whenever practical (sounds like a quick review of the
first four items). When you begin to reclaim your own mind, it’s like cleaning
the windshield of your car. Life is no longer blurry. You can see where you are
going, and the journey becomes more of a pleasure cruise. When you learn to
change your mind in small ways and live by a better set of rules, mental
clarity will begin to manifest itself.
Begin Where You Are
Begin this journey anywhere in the wellness and abundance cycle. Choose one thing you will do better today
than yesterday. Take baby steps toward a new you. Be consistent. Be thoughtful. Practice
virtue. Be well. See the abundance all around.
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