“The part can never be well unless the whole is well” –Plato
I have talked in previous posts about the importance being kind to our bodies by listening to it’s cues when we are pushing beyond our limits. But did you know that paying attention to the mind and soul is equally important? Understanding what healthy feels like requires tapping into a combination of these three facets that influence total well-being. The mind, body, and soul must work in harmony because when there is dysfunction with one part, other parts start to dysfunction as well. We must nurture our bodies through these actions: an appropriate amount movement and proper nutrition, establishing a sound mindset, participating in activities that set our creative souls on fire.
Mental health is a topic that a lot of people are afraid of talking about openly but it is something that must be addressed because the body cannot be well unless the mind is also well. We are all in this together and keeping it a secret is disadvantageous. Thought influences more than our emotions. It influences our current and future physical health, too.
Follow along as I share my experience on this 8-week journey and learn more about myself while participating in activities that nurture the mind, body, and soul.
Some topics you will learn about through my perspective:
- Pink Himalayan Salt Room Therapy and Meditation
- Body Meditation
- Biofeedback-Cardiac Coherence
“The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why”– Mark Twain
Ask yourself if you are truly happy with what you are doing. Do you look at the clock waiting to go home at the end of the day? Or do you eagerly wait until you get to go back the next morning. The answer should be the latter when you find out why you were born. I know this day will come. I don’t know when but I can’t wait to be surprised when this realization comes.
I know I have talked about overcoming obstacles and figuring out my career path in previous posts, but this quote provides more meaning for my story. I have struggled with finding what I am meant to do with my life and I think we truly can’t plan when this is going to happen. I’m still not sure if nutrition and fitness is what I was meant to do even though it is what I am currently passionate about. We could find out when we are 16, 30, or 60 but when we do have this realization, everything seems to fall into place.
It is important not to rush this and enjoy the journey. We could land our perfect job but still not know if this is what we were born to do. I haven’t experienced this yet, but I think that we find out why we were born when our job brings pure joy both to us and to the people we interact with. It reminds me of the phrase “do what you love and you will never work a day in your life.” Our job should almost make us feel like we are living a dream because we never want the feelings to end.
The labyrinth provides the perfect symbolism because it represents the purposeful journey to finding our wholeness. We feel a sense of wholeness and fulfillment when our heart knows that we are doing what we were destined to do. I had never walked through a labyrinth before this but I was intrigued by the guide’s story about it’s meaning before each of the members in the group took turns and walked through in silence.
“Learning never ends and the journey is different for everyone. My journey had some detours and unexpected setbacks but I am still getting where I want to be–on my time”
Back to my journey of finding my passion and joy for health and fitness. While most of my peers finished college in the typical four years, my journey was a little longer and I am still on this journey. Do we really ever stop learning though? At first, I felt embarrassed and self-conscious that I hadn’t graduated at the same time as other people my age but what I realize now is that I am doing what is right for me. Not something that someone else thinks is right. Learning never ends and the journey is different for everyone. My journey had some detours and unexpected setbacks but I am still getting where I want to be–on my time.
During my first two years of college, I was a Secondary Education major. My goal was to teach English at my high school because I wanted so bad to be back there. Leaving high school was hard for me because it meant leaving a place that I finally grew comfortable in and leaving a few of the teachers who became mentors and who drove and still continue to drive my success. For my spring break freshman year, I asked my mom if we could go to Florida. We had been going to Naples for several years and I wanted to go back. My mom told me that she heard about a great spa in Arizona that she wanted to go to and that I would love because I always enjoy doing something. My mom reminded me that I always get really bored laying on the beach for hours on end. I decided that this spa trip could be fun so my mom, grandma, and I went on this trip. Little did I know that this trip would change my life. I learned to enjoy exercise and learned how to eat better. I have been going back every year for the last 11 years and the place captures my heart even more with every visit. After my second year in college, I began to question if I was meant to do something else since I wasn’t sure if I liked education. This was also the time that I injured my back working out so I took a year off of school to reconsider what I wanted to do. I was discussing my concerns with my mom when she mentioned that a friend completed her degree in Dietetics. I had never heard of dietetics but I immediately started reading everything about it that I could and I was sold! A major where I could learn about food and classes where I could cook?! This was exciting. This major was nothing short of challenging. I didn’t take chemistry in high school so the numerous science classes like organic chemistry, microbiology, and biochemistry were like studying a foreign language. I loved the field of health so much that I did everything I could to get through these courses. I got help from tutors and did the best I could. While I got B’s or C’s in all of these classes, I was proud of myself for sticking with it and not letting the challenge defeat me. After graduating with my degree in Dietetics, I did not pursue the Registered Dietitian credential but I knew that I wanted to continue learning about sports nutrition. Two years later, I stumbled upon a Master’s degree in Nutrition and Human Performance at a local university. I loved all of the classes I could take and was excited that I could specialize in sports and fitness nutrition. In January of 2016, I took the leap and started my Master’s degree. The past two and some years later I am humbled by where I am in my life and look forward to what exciting things are ahead.