Goals for the Body – What am I aiming for?
In order to balance the body, mind and soul, we need to focus on the body and what it needs to have a positive influence on our state of being. Goals for the body are:
★ Remove toxins from your body and your environment
★ Promote free flowing energy throughout your body
★ Follow your body’s natural rhythms
Purifying the Body – How do I balance the body?
Universal Law of the Body: Return your body to its natural state.
The body has an important purpose in the body, mind and soul equation. The body was created as a vehicle for the soul to achieve growth and enlightenment in the physical world. Every-body’s purpose is different, therefore each body is designed to fulfil a specific purpose. We have different genetic traits, environmental influences and physical inclinations that together make our bodies and our physical experiences unique. If our bodies are not functioning properly, it is a sign that there is disharmony in our body, mind and soul.
The way in which you treat your body can have a profound impact on your body, mind and soul balance. The body has its own natural rhythms that are designed to uphold its state of balance. This includes the natural cycles of sleep, diet and exercise.
On this page you will find some general guidelines to promote body balance. Listen to your body to find out its unique requirements as every body has its differences. And remember to seek professional advice before applying any major lifestyle changes.
★ Diet & Nutrition – How can I feed my body, mind and soul with food?
It might surprise you to know that there is no universally applicable diet that every person should follow. Each body has its own constitution and its finely attuned state of functioning. However, there are some general principles that are designed to energize and purify the body of toxins that we ingest daily in food substances and liquids. Not only do we ingest toxins in disguise, it is also very common to be addicted to certain chemically addictive foods without realizing All these factors contribute to our overall body chemistry which is either acidic or may be alkaline. To improve your body’s chemistry, try to follow these principles:
★ Diet Principles
The Golden Rule when it comes to diet is to ensure that you are feeling good within yourself when you eat. If you eat when you are angry or upset, your food will not digest as well and can turn acidic. Positive energy helps you to break down food, absorb the necessary nutrients and keep it moving through the body.
Try to eat as much live food as possible. Fruit and vegetables contain more vitamins and minerals when they are raw than when they are cooked.
Eat less processed foods. A processed food is subjected to several stages of production in order to be considered ‘consumable’ by humans (this may be a necessity to remove toxins or simply to make it taste better). Many foods considered to be healthy are readily available in supermarkets but they are actually highly processed and not digested well by the body.
Try to eat small portions regularly – to maintain your metabolism. Freshly squeezed vegetable and fruit juice (always mix with good quality water) is a great snack and gentle on the body.
Conduct a detox regime of some sort on a regular basis (every 1-3 months is optimal) to allow your body to rest and reset and eliminate toxins from your system.
Drink plenty of good quality water daily to cleanse and hydrate your system.
Eat organic food – including fish, fruit and vegetables – to reduce your intake of pesticides and chemicals.
Limit the amount of animal protein or better exclude that, as it is heavily toxic on the digestive system.
Try not to drink any fluids with meals as it dilutes digestive enzymes in the stomach which inhibits the digestive process.
Eat slowly and chew your food thoroughly. The amount of saliva digested when eating greatly assists your stomach in the digestion of food. It also assists in portion control as you become aware of when your stomach is full sooner than if you eat quickly.
Always check the nutritional information before you buy food. Try to avoid foods with any artificial ingredients.
★ Sleep – How can I balance my body, mind and soul with sleep?
Sleep is critical in balancing our body, mind and soul on a daily basis. Overnight, the body’s cells are renewed, the body’s digestive system is at rest and the brain becomes only partially active which is why we feel so refreshed after a good night’s sleep. Sleep deprivation is the cause of many physical and mental problems including poor concentration, digestive problems, depression and accelerated aging! Keep these guidelines in mind next time you sleep on it:
★ Sleep Principles
As a general rule, you should aim for 6-7 hours sleep a night. If you know you require less, make sure you get your minimum sleeping hours so that you are fully functioning during waking hours.
Have a routine for sleeping hours and try to stick to it.
Make your bed and your bedroom inviting to go to sleep in. Make sure it is quiet, dark and warm.
Do some form of relaxation before going to sleep. Yoga, stretching, meditation, reading or sex can help orient the body and mind for sleep.
Don’t do any computer work directly before going to sleep. The brightness of computer monitors stimulates the brain.
Avoid large meals just before bed. Try to keep your dinner portions to a minimum and eat at least 2-3 hours before going to sleep.
★ Exercise – How can I balance my body, mind and soul through exercise?
Physical activity is essential in maintaining a balanced body and mind. It increases metabolisms, generates endorphin (neurological chemicals that make us feel happy), and helps us to gain a more balanced perspective by bringing us out of our minds and into our bodies. The body is like a vehicle that needs to be maintained and well-oiled – it will only maintain itself to a certain extent! Try these tips for exercising your body:
★ Exercise Principles
Aim for 10,000 steps every day (roughly 7km) through incidental or scheduled walking.
Vary the type of exercise so you exercise different muscle groups and the mind does not get bored.
Choose exercise activities that you enjoy.
Try to exercise outside where possible. The sun and fresh air, especially in a relaxing, natural environment, are energizing and will strengthen the body-mind connection.
Choose low impact activities. Strenuous exercise where your body feels strained is not necessary unless you are training for high-level fitness.
Try integrating physical activity that strengthens the body-mind connection into your exercise regime such as yoga or tai chi. Such activities can have a profound impact on your overall state of being as they work on the body-mind as a single entity.