Living a dynamic and inspired life requires you to take a holistic approach to healing and maintaining health on all levels of your being. I have identified four “bodies” that are non-negotiable when it comes to moving out of pain and frustration and into vitality and a greater sense of purpose in you life.
The four bodies of health are:
- Physical body
- Mental body
- Emotional body
- Spiritual body
In a series of four posts I review each of these bodies of health.
Here are a few suggestions on how to maintain health and harmony in the third body.
Take time to do something just for the fun of it. In our adult lives we have so many things we have to do and be responsible for. It’s important that we find those things that make us feel light, free and joyful.
It is a human need to have healthy relationships where we can honestly express ourselves in safety. We’re not meant to survive, let alone thrive, in isolation. Our social brains crave companionship.
I believe that women need women in their lives. The power of sisterhood can carry us through emotionally challenging times in our lives and enhance the good times. Sharing our stories in a circle of women is ancient. It is a place where we can be seen, heard and felt. If you don’t have good girlfriends, find a women’s group in your community that meets regularly.
Time in Nature
I know we already had this one under Spiritual Body, but I there are just so many benefits of time in nature that I just had to include it here also.
On the biochemical level, spending time with nature stimulates our feel good neurotransmitters like dopamine, serotonin and endorphins and turns off the sympathetic nervous system, improving our moods and brain function, decreasing pain, heightening feelings of well-being and connectedness and reducing stress. Thus, communing with nature on a regular basis is a supreme method for nourishing and renewing ourselves and optimizing our mental, physical, emotional and spiritual health.
Ayurveda is a 5,000-year-old system of natural healing that has its origins in the Vedic culture of India.
Ayurveda means “the science of life” (Ayur = life,Veda = science or knowledge). It offers a body of wisdom designed to help us stay vital by providing guidelines on ideal daily and seasonal routines, diet, lifestyle and the proper use of our senses.
Ayurveda describes three fundamental energies that govern our entire being. Referred to as dosha in Sanskrit, these primary forces are known as Vata (Wind), Pitta (Fire), and Kapha (Earth). Each of us has a unique proportion of these three forces that shapes our nature.
Although I am trained as an Ayurvedic Lifestyle Consultant, I do not strictly adhere to the food recommendations given for my particular dosha, which is predominately Vata. I like to use the system as a guide and then experiment with what works best for my unique body.
To determine your own primary dosha you can take an online test.
Here are just a few recommended tips for keeping your dosha in balance as they pertain to the emotional body. In coming posts we will look at each dosha in further detail.
Vata: To balance Vata, make choices that bring warmth, stability, and consistency to your life. Favor warm colors in your clothing and environment such as earth colors, pastels, browns, and warm yellows. This will be soothing to the nervous system and the emotional body.
Pitta: Regularly spend time in nature. Take walks in the woods and along natural bodies of water. Keep plants and fresh flowers in your home and office. Walk in the moonlight.
Kapha: Favor colors that are warm and bright, including yellow, orange, and red. Dance to energizing rhythmic music. Get out of the house and actively seek new experiences.
“Don’t bother trying to explain your emotions. Live everything as intensely as you can and keep whatever you felt as a gift from God. The best way to destroy the bridge between the visible and invisible is by trying to explain your emotions.”
~Paulo Coelho, Brida
Remember that the emotional body is just one of the four bodies of health that we need to care for in order to live a vibrant and energized life.
And now I would love to hear from you!
In the comments below list a few things you have found effective for maintaining emotional health and harmony in your life.