“Today, find ways to create balance in your life. Cast all negativity in a positive light, and let go of any fears that block the flow of vital energy within your mind, body and spirit.” – Caroline Myss and Peter Occhiogrosso
I recently downloaded the “Healing Cards” application for my iPod, which was created by Caroline Myss and Peter Occhiogrosso. There are fifty gorgeously designed cards created with the intention of providing users with a daily practice for maintaining spiritual balance. Because we are all so wrapped up with the stresses and minutia of everyday life, it’s very handy to open up the application and reflect on the healing thought/meditation and accompanying guidance as they rotate through.
One particular card that resonated with me began with the healing thought: “To heal illness, begin by restoring balance.” This seems really obvious, but how well do most of us accomplish this? Self-care is an important part of restoring balance. The healing card talks about reconnecting and living in harmony with nature, citing that many “spiritual traditions also find a strong link between physical health and spiritual well-being.”
In addition to practices that connect and ground us to nature around us (spending time outdoors, eating healthy, nourishing foods, embracing the change of seasons) we can observe other practices to help us create and restore balance. Some of these include:
• Reframing our life in a positive way
• Finding opportunities for gratitude on a daily basis
• Spending time with loved ones
• Sending love and compassion to our fears and traumas (as well as doing the necessary work to properly integrate and release them)
• Taking time to rest
Practices and healing therapies that directly help or teach you how to reconnect to your body, mind and spirit are also necessary for good self-care. They include: energy healing (Reiki, Qi Gong, etc.), meditation and breathwork, yoga, Tai Chi, massage, acupuncture and chiropractic.
Our body instinctively knows it needs. Watch children and you can see how attuned they are to what their bodies need. The older we get, the less we stop listening because of internal or outside stressors that pull us in numerous and competing directions. Some of these stressors are an unavoidable part of life, but we can find ways to minimize their influence. Self-care is the first step towards integrating the healing we need and increasing the flow of beneficial energy for restoring mind, body and spiritual balance in our lives.