HABITS FOR A HEALTHY MIND AND BODY #2
What do you want from your life today?
A healthy mind and a healthy body is what I believe is the best gift I can offer myself and my loved ones. For the past few years, I’ve been studying and practicing modern and traditional preventive medicines to maintain a healthy and happy lifestyle.
Today a good friend inspired me to share my favourite simple daily health practices as they have helped her lead amore balanced life and recover from chronic disease.
I will be sharing one per month to leave you plenty of practice time 🙂
#2 Be grateful for what you have (and what you know)
- Why should we practice gratitude?
Gratitude has been practiced since the begging of ages, in all the great religious traditions, as a way to bring joy into daily life. The Buddha taught that every human birth is precious and worthy of gratitude. Cicero, the famous Roman senator and orator once wrote, “Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all others.” Often we found ourself frustrated for not having something or not knowing what will happen in the future. Noticing what is wrong in life may cause stress, jealousy, anxiety and health imbalances. Gratitude on the contrary si about appreciating positive things that come our way.
“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.” Melody Beatties, American self-help author
- How to practice gratitude?
Every morning – that is when I remember to do so !! – I take a couple of minutes to write down 3 to 5 things for which I am most grateful for. It makes a huge difference to the way I approach my day. It can be things as simple as being thankful for the sunny weather that day, being alive and healthy or fantastic work opportunities. For this exercise you can ask yourself: What do I already have? What do I know right now? What am I thankful for?
Some days when I am not too inspired, I choose to read affirmations out loud. Some examples are:
I have unlimited choices. opportunities are everywhere.
All that I seek is already within me
I am so grateful for supportive friends and a loving family.
I am grateful for excellent health, prosperity and true love.
Why don’t you try it just once and see if you feel any different ? Seems like Albert Einstein was fond of practicing gratitude too.
“There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.”
Enjoy your practice and see you soon for another daily health practices for a healthy body and a healthy mind.