And it should be, right? Nourishing the body has many meanings and we can’t ignore that what we put into our mouths effects our energy level, weight, mood, sleep, digestion, and overall health.
We all have strong opinions about what to eat, how to eat, and when to eat.
An insight from yoga practice is the realization that we are energetic beings and that everything we do, from what we eat, to what we think, to how we move and behave, either nourishes this energy or depletes it. We glean a new understanding that "we are what we eat" and begin to subconsciously shift food and lifestyle decisions.
According to this ancient wisdom, incorporating all 5 tastes (which correspond with the 5 Elements) into a meal satiates the palette, regulates emotions, strengthens the internal organs, aids digestion, and improves immune function.
(Why these are different from the Ayurvedic Elements is a topic for another time.)
My mentor shared this idea with me recently, although I’m not sure where he heard it…
He explained that the joy of anticipation culminates three days before departure, and that the actual experience never lives up to the mind’s vision.
I argued that if this is true, then we all need to upgrade our vacay mojo!
However, this week I find myself exactly one month out before I leave for my 3 week Greek adventure and my excitement feels ready to bubble over the top!
(One of those weeks will be spent with those of you joining us on our epic Odyssey to Delphi Retreat Sept 1 - 8!)
I actually considered packing today. Packing, unpacking, and repacking thrills me for weeks in advance of a trip because it draws out the joy! So maybe there is a touch of truth in this 3 day anticipation culmination idea…!
It happens every year: Summer bursts in and the power of the season is either harnessed or wasted...
Summer's Fire Element makes this the season of the tongue! Talking, connecting, being together in community are all signs of living in harmony with the seasonal energy.
This means you feel more awake, alive, and ready for action, and in command of your physical form.
My husband spent a large part of the holiday weekend doing maintenance at our yoga and wellness studio: painting, cleaning, changing light bulbs, polishing the wooden benches and cubbies. And it looks great! A fresh coat paint can make almost anything look new.
But it got me thinking... What do I do for personal regular daily maintenance, for my whole self, not just my living space? I don’t mean laundry and dishes, Marie Kondo decluttering, or even daily yoga or meditation.
I’m talking about the big picture vision of what I do regularly to nourish all levels of myself: body, mind, and soul.
(I say almost because let’s keep it real: some days it just doesn’t happen, and that’s ok!)
I’m a believer that “when you feel good you look good” and when you look good, you feel good! So when the invisible hands of depression or anxiety...