Recently, I shared Project Happiness’ image on my Facebook page that read, “Stop the glorification of busy”. The caption read, “NOTHING….is becoming rare and precious. Everything is hype, noise, desire, desperation, speed and greed. We in the modern world are good at ‘doing,’ but anemic at ‘being.’ Entertainment, busy-ness, texting while walking or even driving…’Efficiency’ is an addictive myth based on our fidgety fear of opening up. We can not ‘do’ properly until we can, first, ‘be’ fully. Practice doing nothing – then – we can accomplish…ANYTHING.”
The post resonated with a lot of people, and created dialogue. From California, to Pennsylvania, to New York, readers echoed a collective identification with the fact that we are a society caught up in “doing”, but not “being”.
How, in our efforts to make more, be more, have more, and accomplish more, did we become so out of touch with ourselves, that we have glorified busy-ness, and become anemic as vibrant beings?
It is important to accomplish, strive, be successful in whatever parameters matter to you, and do what’s in your power to attain happiness. But, what we need to remember is that, in order to attain happiness, all facets of our being needs to be nourished and nurtured. Yin without Yang cannot exist, and Yang without Yin cannot exist. In other words, our worlds are not unipolar, and do not exist only in one plane.
There are many planes to our existence. Some would say there are seven, others would say there are thirty-one. Among them are the physical, astral, and spiritual planes. When we spend too much time in one area, other areas suffer.
In this case, we get too easily caught up in the physicality of life: making money, feeling the sensations of our body (including pain and pleasure), seeing only what is physically in front of us. The reality is that we often miss what is unseen: our gut instincts/intuition/third eye, our links to others that may/may not correspond to our relationships we’ve had with them in previous lives, the way we are aligned with our heart that allows us to be truly in our power, and how our physical bodies are intertwined with our spiritual and emotional bodies. When we neglect to see our entire self as energetic beings who are in the physical plane, we feel like we are suffering, because we somehow do not feel whole.
So, how do we open up to all facets of ourselves? We do this by involving all aspects of who are, from all planes and levels.
One good way to do this is to take care of our physical bodies. Some ways to incorporate this physically are to:
- Breath in fresh air
- Oxygenate our lungs, blood, heart, and body with exercise to tone our muscles and support our bones and organs
- Eat foods that are whole, vibrant, ideally organic, and nourishing to our body and mind
- Take pleasure in the beauty of life
- Strive to accomplish our life’s purpose
To cultivate our energetic, emotional, and spiritual bodies, we can:
- Meditate, Pray
- Practice gratitude
And, to incorporate both the physical and the energetic bodies, we can:
- Do Qi Gong to cultivate our Qi/vital energy
- Get grounded by being in nature or doing activities that connect us to the Earth
- Receive Acupuncture and/or Reiki treatments
- Practice ritual and ceremony
These are only a sampling of things you can do to enrich, and reconnect with, your self. But the end result is the same – to cultivate your whole body on body/mind/spirit levels. And to ultimately, be in your wholeness.
What are your favorite ways to incorporate your whole being, so that all of you is enriched?
Let me know in the comments, below!
Here’s to being wholly,
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