I was streamlining some areas of the business today and found myself mainly reading over old articles and notes from coaching school. It is always good to look back as you plan for the future, I suppose.
I came across this quote about wellness and thought about how critical it's meaning is when it comes to putting in to practice caring for ourselves:
"Our lifeline is in paying attention to our doing and our being; the artistry is in maintaining the balance."
There are so many areas in our lives that are interconnected and we don't acknowledge this. For instance, caring for our emotional needs helps our physical needs. Nurturing our physical needs helps our mental state. Reaching deeply into our souls (spiritual and other) fulfills us with the type of energy needed to heal other hurting areas in life (relationships, jobs, stress).
When we truly care for the self, we sustain our health and our wellness on a level that carves out a balance. BALANCE. We may feel depleted in the support we get from family. This may increase our stress and anxiety enough for us to ignore our physical needs. It may cause us to eat poorly and to skip out of social function. By tending to the things that mold who we are and that keep us well, we create a self that betters resists stress, connects successfully with others, and that feels inner strength beyond measure.
So this quote..."paying attention to our doing and our being", speaks wellness to me unlike any book, author, or doctor. The benefits we gain from learning and feeling the connection between mind/body/soul are unlimited. Therefore, our attention to this connection will be our long-term reminder to nurture every part of our existence, every day.