4 Simple Ways to Help Bring Balance to Your Life

Photography: Weaver Cameron Barksdale

Photography: Weaver Cameron Barksdale

  1. Simplify your day. Make a conscious effort not to plan too many things, finish one task before you move on to the other, and be in the moment.

  2. Make Nutrition a Priority. Make sure to feed and nourish yourself with good foods for your particular body and its needs. The gut is the fuel for our entire engine and if that is not working properly neither can you.

  3. Sleep Well. Lower your lights and turn off your devices at a certain time every night. Find what works for you in terms of letting go. If there is a ritual you would like to add such as a hot bath, a soothing shower, or perhaps meditation for a sense of closure on your day it is important to do so.

  4. Notice Your Thoughts. The reality is that there will always be stressful situations, however it is within our control to be able to vary our response to such outside factors. We can either add intensity to them or in turn reduce there effects. Remember that the degree of stress is a perception and that everything is temporary.

These are paraphrased suggestions by Dr. Pratima Raichur with a few additional thoughts.

All Imaginable Colours

Photography: Henri-Cartier Bresson

Photography: Henri-Cartier Bresson

Water is one of my healing life lines. There is nothing that a shower cannot ease. The minute I close that door and turn on the faucets time stands still. The water can go in any direction, and it reminds me that so can I. -tM

Own It

 

"Blame happens when you want to be right. Accountability happens when you want to be free. Which do you want to be? " - Ebonee Davis

If you realize that your life is 100% your responsibility there is absolutely no reason to be resentful toward anyone. No one forced your decisions upon you, they are reflective of where you were at that point in your life.  Accept it. Reflect on it, Learn from it, and move forward.

Freedom grows from acceptance. -tM

Prescription: Patience

Photography: René Burri | Chicago, Illionois | 1971

Photography: René Burri | Chicago, Illionois | 1971

When you see the signs, and know that it is time for patience yet you want to charge through from the sidelines. I have been in that very situation many times.

Too much time in our world is spent on expression, and not enough on perception. Waiting and patience are crucial not only to intelligent expression but also to understanding, and growth. Everything beautiful in life requires some form of waiting. 

You cannot rush nature, as part of that nature, if rushed, pushed, and forced into action, one automatically eliminates the germination stage, a crucial process of life and well being, leading to an outcome of eventual chaos. 

Even though every action comes to an end, patience can be eternal. You can wait for eternity for some experiences.  There is a reason why patience is a virtue, and a reason why we need to be more conscious of teaching it and of its practice in such fast moving times. Patience allows life to fall into place. -tM 

The State of Creating

Photography: Luigi Ghirri, Modena, 1974

Photography: Luigi Ghirri, Modena, 1974

I like the magic and fantasy that is implicit to this photograph.

I am taken back to childhood realities, where freedom was synonymous with exploration, where imagination was king, and where possibilities didn't yet have limitations. A time where you possessed nothing but yourself. 

Years later,  I find myself reversing much of what the world has taught me, going back to a place where I was the Queen of my inner castle, where authenticity and truth were both bound in trust of who I was and knew myself to be. A place where my intuition was my guide and were possibilities were only limited by ones imagination. So here I am attempting to liberate the mind, and letting loose the grip on "control." 

It's a process, and someday's are easier then others, but like anything else in life, it's a journey, and in this case, a homecoming. -tM

 

Wellness

Artist: Picasso | Les desmoiselles d'Avignon, 1907

Artist: Picasso | Les desmoiselles d'Avignon, 1907

Wellness is a vague term used these days to describe the overall general health of a person in the millennium. It has been a trend that many have capitalised on. There are wellness spa's, dentists, juice bars, bookstores, homeopathic centres, all believed to aid in the struggle to find ones well being and health again that somehow got lost along the way. 

Wellness means something different to everyone, and perhaps that is why our society is bursting at the seams with its offerings and variety of solutions.

However, I do believe that there are three generic things that all of us can do to keep and support a healthy mind, body, and soul:

1. Sleep; getting proper rest is important for the brain, cell renewal, and mind clarity.

2. Food choice: what we put in our bodies, provides energy, and is physically absorbed to aid in our growth. We literally are what we eat. 

3. Movement: natural movement. I am not talking about going to the gym or running a mile, just move, walk, garden, bake a cake using only your muscle. It releases tension, it aids in blood flow, and strengthens muscle.

Man, woman, young or old, the above can and will aid in our modern day search for the fountain of wellness. I think sometimes we forget just how simple it is.

It's as easy as 1, 2, 3, don't you agree? -tM