“Fear less, hope more; eat less, chew more; whine less, breathe more; talk less, say more; hate less, love more; and all good things are yours.”
~ Swedish Proverb.
Holistic has many definitions, some call it woo-woo, others spiritual, others educated. I like to think of a holistic life as a wise life; you live a life that you know will be better by looking at the big-picture, living life as wholly and being aware of the impact of your action.
What we think, do, say, eat, practice and believe in, and our impact on others and the planet, are all reflections of how we choose to live our life. Let’s look at your life as a whole, and how you live.
Often being holistic has been mistaken with being spiritual. It’s not uncommon for spiritually enlightened people to be holistic because they generally are more in tune with their action and impact. They get it, that they are part of a bigger picture, that their body is their number one tool, that the mind, body and soul are all connected, and we are all connected. What you put out, you get back.
So while there are definitely elements of spirituality I would argue that a holistic approach to life shows a deeper understanding that actions are felt by our body, by others, or by our environment as whole. We are brought up at school and at home to learn the basics of right and wrong, good and bad, and ethically how to behave in the world. However few of us are taught how to live a fulfilling, nourishing life outside of making money and just getting by.
A holistic approach to your body, mind and soul can not only transform your health and well-being, it can benefit your relationships, make your more patient, understanding, loving and generally help you to become more awake as a person in your day to day life. Below are six simple things you can do to help add to your life, by living from a holistic view:
1. Eat Clean
Your body is your vehicle. Just like you don’t crash your car on purpose or set fire to your house, how about nourishing it and caring for it, instead? Our body is fueled and thrives better on clean, organic foods. So try flushing out the toxins in your body with green tea, lots of water and eating lots of fruits, vegetables and nuts for a few days.
Think about how you impact not just the environment, but people in your vicinity. On top of making an effort to recycle more and waste less, why not try and share wisdom, help others and lend your energy to those around you that might need it? Lend an ear, make someone a coffee or simply smile at someone.
3. Grow Yourself
The cool thing about knowledge is that there is always something new to learn, something that can add to your life. People who are open to learning, discussing and experiencing new things are less judgmental and more educated. So read new books, visit websites, enroll in courses and begin to surround yourself with like minded people you can learn and grow from.
4. Stop Rushing
You are not too busy, stop wishing your life and time away. Make time for the things that add to your day. Find things that you love like exercise or taking classes; do something you’ve always wanted to do. Stop between the chaos and smell the roses. You will be surprised that when you stop and recharge how much more time you have for things you use to feel you didn’t have time for. Go figure!
5. Love Life
It really is true, when you love life it loves you right back. Lots of people find affirmations corny, but how about just thinking to yourself when you are stuck on the bus or in traffic about all the things you are thankful for, all the cool things in your life, all the great people.
Find other like minded holistic people, they are everywhere! Join people in your work space who like yoga at a class, join a course, go to a festival or even connect to Facebook pages and online groups where you can share experiences, learn and connect with our people who “get it,” that there is more to life than a 9-5, chores and fast food. You will naturally find that these types of people will come into your life as well, so keep an eye out.
And remember: you deserve to live a “whole” life, rather than just a piece of it.
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Editor: Travis May