Holistic health isn’t a hippie fad to be scoffed at, but rather a sensible approach to living a fulfilling balanced life that feels amazing! Ancient holistic techniques to well-being date back well over 5,000 years. They’ve seen a resurgence in popularity in the 20th century and have helped many people live better lives.
What is Holistic Health?
Holistic health is a practical approach to living your best life. Instead of focusing and treating the symptoms of a disease, illness, or area of discontent in your life, a holistic approach to wellness considers all interdependent parts of the body, and parts of your life. The focus of holistic practices is on the wholeness of your being instead of the discomfort or dysfunction of a particular part. That means that if you are feeling off track, hurt or frustration, or any other discomfort, you will find remarkable positive changes in your life by adopting the following practices. These are major keys to experiencing the connection between your mental, physical, spiritual, and social world.
1. Build a Practice of Mindfulness
Build a practice of mindfulness that allows you to disconnect from the condition of your discomfort and instead reconnect with a condition of yours that is comfortable and well, allowing your attention and focus to expand that thought, that feeling, and that experience in your mind. Disconnect with the experience of discomfort and instead reconnect with being one who experiences. Understand that You are the experiencer, not the experience. Over time, this practice will develop into your mode of being. And, since you identify with being the experiencer instead of that which you experience, you regain your power to choose where you place your attention and focus instead of merely reacting to a condition. As they say, where your attention goes, energy flows. Energy, in this holistic approach, is the healer and it is at your command.
Identify What Brings You Joy
Identify a list of simple activities that brings you joy. Maybe it’s taking a walk, laughing with friends in a cypher, or inhaling some relaxing Lavender oil. Whatever it is, you want to get into a routine of doing these activities daily. Over time, and with the aid of mindfulness, the joy and fulfillment experienced in these moments will become so great that you’ll spend more time doing things you enjoy and that joy will extend into more things you do.
As you continue to experience, enjoy, and appreciate this joy and well-being, you can indeed live in that space. Any feelings of pain and discomfort that temporarily arise will no longer lead to thoughts of despair but rather serve as signs for you to pay attention to that space. Your healing attention alone is enough to ease any discomfort or pain. Patience, faith, and being kind to yourself make it even easier.
How Can You Improve Your Life?
No matter what level of health you experience, there’s always room for greater health awareness. Maybe you feel stressed for one reason or another. Instead of simply taking an aspirin due to the headaches caused by the stress and temporarily treating the symptom. Become more mindful of where the stress is coming from, when it is you feel it most and feel it least. Not only will this lead you towards doing more things that cause you the least stress and most joy but it also helps you gain a greater understanding of who you are, what turns you on, and what turns you off. With this crucial information, you can more intentionally decide to do more of what turns you on and prevent the stress altogether.
New stresses may arise, but again, it won’t be the nagging irritation kind of stress, it’ll be the good kind of stress that facilitates growth and maturity, often feeling like your spirit is calling you towards something exciting and huge. This is where more patience, faith, and self-kindness come in handy. You’ll find yourself becoming more active and treating yourself well. Practices like yoga, meditation, massage therapy, chakra therapy, and acupuncture, are considered holistic practices because they spend very little time on that which you believe ails or limits you. Instead, they are in line with this holistic health approach of experiencing yourself as a being that is well, limitless, and whole on an exciting journey called Life, led seductively by your spirit in your heart. Your physical heart, your boundless mind, and your free spirit all working harmoniously together for one joyous life experience. And the sharing of that life experience with others serves as the cherry on top!
So, How To Start Living A Holistic Lifestyle?
You can experience unimaginable positive changes in your life by adopting this lifestyle approach with an open heart and open mind. Start with approaching your nutrition in this way. Start your mindfulness practice with your next meal. As you take each bite, pay closer attention to what you put in your mouth, what you think and feel about what you put in your mouth, and how your body feels. Does eating this make you smile? Is it satisfying? Do you feel guilty about eating it? Shameful? Delightful? Develop a habit of eating something everyday that is completely satisfying. Whether it’s cutting open a watermelon and gleefully spooning the red juiciness into your mouth or wide-mouthed enjoying the heat of a slice of pizza fresh out the oven. Even drinking a full glass of water has its feelings of pure bliss. If you feel it with one thing, why not choose to feel it with all things?
As time persists, it’s ok if what you couldn’t get enough of yesterday is no longer desirable today. Our patterns and desires change as we explore them. Your chosen boundaries and commitments will develop as you grow in this practice. The idea however is to identify more with being the experiencer and allow your healing attention to expand your feelings of wholeness, wellness, joy, and satisfaction and simply allow your actions to follow from that space. This fulfillment and flow of purpose may start with what you eat, but once developed, it will surely spread to your relationships, your work, your family, your finances, and every other perceived part of your whole life.
Living a holistic life is meant to be easy. The hard part is unlearning all the self-doubt you may have learned over the years. Once you become more mindful of your own Self, more trusting of yourself, and more interested in expanding your wellness than reacting to your conditions of discomfort, life will flow magically like you’ve never imagined. The ultimate goal in holistic health is simply to maximize your well-being. Approaching the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual components of yourself as one interconnected, joyful, balanced being can have tremendous positive influence on your health and life experience.
Author: Fred Hernandez
Fred Hernandez is a freelance cannabis and humor writer from San Diego, CA. He covers pop culture, travel, food, lifestyle, and news topics on his blog, fredsguidetolife.com, with his signature biting wit.
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