Your whole life is centered around four practices that can help you live a happy, healthy life. You may not even be very mindful of them. They are:
Resting and repeating.
Let’s talk about each of these Four Pillars in more depth.
The first pillar we want to discuss is Thinking. You may not be mindful of what you’re thinking, but your thoughts produce your reality.
Thinking can be deliberate. We can train our thoughts to help achieve more happiness, to assess our own healthy living, and even to help with our healing process – if thoughts can produce healing.
Let’s turn our thoughts to Pillar Two: Breathing.
We all need to breathe to be alive. When I was younger, I took a lot of aerobics classes and the instructor would often say, “Don’t forget your breathing!” and I think, “Of course, I’m breathing!”.
What she really meant was make sure that to breath deeply and regularly. What we have found out I’m sure you’ve heard is most of us walk around and we’re just breathing with the top third of our
Most people walk around and only breath with the top third of our lungs. If we place your hand on your chest and walk around and breath as you normally would, you would notice that only the top of your chest expands. All of your breath is moving in and out at the top of your lungs, which is not the best way to breathe. We need to be breathing from the lower part of the lungs. So in order to do that you have to be deliberate about the breath you’re taking until you get used to it. Babies automatically do this and I’m sure you can see them sleeping beautiful little babies and their bellies rise and fall. Somehow through the mixing and growing up we grew busy, the majority of us stop breathing that way and we stop breathing with just the top of the lungs is not beneficial to our health. It’s certainly not beneficial to your gastro intestinal system in digesting food which we’ll move into that next when we’ll talk about the nourishment.
We need to be breathing from the lower part of the lungs. In order to do that, you have to be deliberate about the breath you’re taking until you begin to do it naturally. Babies automatically do this and I’m sure you can see them sleeping beautiful little babies and their bellies rise and fall. Somehow through the mixing and growing up we grew busy, the majority of us stop breathing that way and we stop breathing with just the top of the lungs is not beneficial to our health. It’s certainly not beneficial to your gastro intestinal system in digesting food which we’ll move into that next when we’ll talk about the nourishment.
Babies do this automatically, as I’m sure you have seen, with their bellies gently rising and falling. Somehow through the growing up process, the majority of people stop breathing.It’s certainly not beneficial to your gastro intestinal system in digesting food which we’ll move into that next when we’ll talk about the nourishment.
Breathing with only the top of our lungs isn’t beneficial to our health, especially to our gastro intestinal system for food digestion, which we’ll discuss more with Pillar Three: Nourishing.
To nourish our bodies we have to eat food. But not all food is nourishing. When we talk about “nourishing” in terms of happiness and healthy living, it’s not just nourishing our bodies with food. It’s about nourishing relationships; nourishing goals; and nourishing our dreams. What happens if we don’t nourish
What happens if we don’t nourish something? It will wither and die, the same with anything in life.If you stop nourishing your body, it will wither. We become unhealthy, diseased, and If you stop nourishing your body, it will wither. We become unhealthy, diseased, and
If you stop nourishing your body, it will wither. We become unhealthy, diseased, and eventually, die.
If you stop feeding your pet, it will die.
Our bodies need to be nourished and it is the same with our hopes and dreams. After we nourish ourselves, we also have to give ourselves time to rest. In fact, that is Pillar Four: Resting.
We have discussed Thinking, Breathing and Nourishing. The fourth pillar, which most of us don’t give enough thought to, is resting. Resting is vital for your health and makes a huge difference to how happy you feel in life.
How many of you are exhausted, maybe even responding to other people’s questions by snapping at them. When I’m tired, that’s the time I’m most likely to say something that I don’t really want to say, especially when it’s my children. We don’t operate at our best when we are tired.
These four pillars of positive practices will do more for you than any other diet or exercise program. Using these four pillars in your life, and using them repeatedly, you will have much more happiness in your life.
Without these four pillars in your life, you’re prone to sickness and unhappiness. There is so much to be thankful for. This playground, this is the playground that we call earth and you were meant to enjoy it. You were meant to feel good, to express yourself and to explore. We can’t do that when we’re not thinking clearly, we’re not thinking about the things that we want. So in my
No one wants to be unhappy and there is so much to be thankful for. Earth is a playground and you were meant to enjoy it. We were all meant to feel good, to express ourselves and to explore. We can’t do that when we’re not thinking clearly.
When you start with Thinking about the things that you want, the other pillars – Breathing, Nourishing and Resting – all fall into place. Your head sits on top of your body for a reason: to have your thoughts your thoughts produce reality, whether positive or negative. Then the rest flows down and out throughout your life.
I like to try to get people to start phrasing their thoughts and then their speech in a very positive way. So no more resistance. We have the tendency to be very negative of our speech and therefore in our thoughts. We like to say “no” and “not”. As you go throughout your day, just monitor how often you say “no” and “not”. Your brain may not pick up on how often you do and for parents, this can be really important when training children. Instead, try to tell the person, or yourself, what it is you do you want them to do.
For example, instead of saying: “Don’t run in the house!”, try saying “Do walk quietly” or “Do walk slowly”.
When we start thinking and speaking in those positive statements, the rest of it takes care of itself. Your body reacts to your thoughts.
If you just sit back for a moment and you start thinking very negative things, your body is going to respond. There’s going to be a cascade of hormones that kick in and start creating havoc everywhere.
If you start thinking of a stressful situation, or a time of your life that you’re not feeling well, your body will start responding by your breathing, your heart rate, and your blood pressure all going up. All starting from your thoughts.
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