All posts filed under: Wellness Journeys

planning & equipment, itineraries, activities, learning ~ for body-mind-soul integrated and holistic well-being

Sleeping Beautifully

Without enough sleep we all become tall two-year-olds. JoJo Jensen, Dirt Farmer Wisdom | If we’re not getting enough sleep to begin with, negative neurocognitive consequences can make it even harder to address the underlying problems and improve our situation. So first we must hold the intention to expand our wisdom and release that harmful pattern. Let’s call the entry to the virtuous cycle, “knowledge”. 1. Knowledge and self-knowledge γνῶθι σεαυτόν (Know Thyself) inscribed at the Temple of Apollo at Delphi | Sleep is complex and mysterious. It is also natural. We can begin learning about the natural aspects, in particular from findings in circadian biology. Here are some questions to guide the learning process: In addition to keeping a journal for your research and personal development, keep two small journals by your bed: a night-time gratitude journal for writing down what you’re grateful for, and a dream journal for writing down your dreams when you wake up. Often when I’ve recommended this, people have told me that they cannot remember their dreams. My suggestion is: keep …

Wellness Journeys

The rapid changes of our accelerating era are calling for us to speed up… Wellness has been defined as a state of being in good health. In order for wellness to be meaningful, we must include mental, physical and spiritual well-being. When we apply the principle of cura personalis (“care for the whole person”), a holistic wellness practice can arise and move through our individual and interdependent realities. Cultivating and sustaining wellness requires knowledge and disciplined presence, then – to skillfully evolve and thrive in harmony with the elements: water, earth, fire, air, æther. Whenever circumstances require it, we seek counsel and care from qualified health professionals; and also, we must maintain our personal responsibility for healing and well-being. Wellness journeys are thus more than the sum of their parts; they are growth opportunities — aligning inspiration and experiences with discernment — guiding us to a sustainable daily practice. Wherever we are on the planet, wherever we are in our personal practice: the rapid changes of our accelerating era are calling for us to speed …