You, as a human being, have the chance to learn more about yourself — from your past, to participate with your future health — and to adjust your life to feel better every single day. It starts with yourself, as everything does. When you practice something new, something new happens!
I propose Six Key Principles to provide a roadmap for building and maintaining a wellness manifesto for life. These key ideas form the roots from which your personal wellness grows.
Wellness is really only about you. So just enjoy yourself.
Use these principles as a practice of self-inquiry. Let them be the foundation that sustains you through all of life's experiences. Experiment with them at any time and in all kinds of circumstances.
True strength lies in knowing who you are.
Self-awareness is the conscious knowledge of your thoughts, feelings, motives and desires. It includes your capacity for introspection and the ability to recognize yourself and your behaviors.
Self-awareness — with focused energy — equals attention. This is the basis for self-healing.
Mind doesn’t dominate the body, it “becomes” the body — body and mind are one.
When it comes to self-healing, a holistic approach ultimately works. Ancient teachings and modern science concur: your body, mind and emotions are part of one integrated system, and that when you influence one aspect of your system you affect all of its aspects. Whatever point you begin at, you can change the totality of your system.
This means that when you influence an aspect of your body in a positive or negative way, it will have the same impact on your mind.
Everything that is “you” is connected. Pay attention to the connection of your body-mind.
Feeling is an art — a rare art. But it must be practiced.
Emotional engagement is the ability to recognize, understand and navigate your emotional states. It’s a learned process that allows you to heal troubling or challenging emotions, change your attitudes and beliefs and acknowledge the emotions of others.
Understanding how your thoughts and emotions affect every cell in your body — and learning how to change them in a way that is health enhancing — gives you access to the most powerful and empowering health-generating secret on earth.
Silence is the most accessible form of self-care that you have.
If you’re finding yourself in a vicious cycle of multitasking, distraction, overwhelm, less time, less energy, less sleep, and less focused attention — silence may be the one defense you have.
In our modern age, noise is inevitable. Silence is almost extinct.
Productivity starts with rejuvenation and rest. In fact, productivity is a function of rejuvenation. If you’re serious about high performance and success, then you’ll get serious about practicing high quality unplugged, disconnected, relaxing, and energizing — silence and rest.
Find out where you are so that you can know where you want to go.
Personalization is the act of making, altering or adapting the practices of self-healing to where you are and how you feel. Your lifestyle choices and skills must meet your individual needs, not someone else’s. Personalization is empowerment.
Make sure that the tools and rituals you practice are relevant to who you are — your personality, your unique interests and needs. Ask yourself what’s happening in your life right now? How are you feeling?
Asking yourself is the only way you can know how to choose the right things to do; the course that has real meaning to serve and deepen your life and not someone else’s.
Whenever you do something new, something new happens.
Change comes from the habits and practices you do and sustain every day. The countless small decisions and actions you perform on a regular basis really matter. Integrating new ways of healing that sustain your body, mind and emotions can influence and improve the quality of your life. Whenever you water the root, the tree inside you grows.
It takes patience to be good at it, but when you practice something, it’s enduring. When you live it, it’s miraculous.