What does it mean to live in “wholeness?” Is it possible to live so that our “outside self” matches our “inside self?”
The word “holistic” recognizes that the needs of the body are experienced physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. For many of us, to live a life of wholeness is an ongoing journey. What are some active, coping strategies we can use in our lives each day to help us approach each day from a place of “wholeness?”
- Commit to something personally meaningful and important every day
- Relax and/or meditate. Enjoy a quiet moment by yourself or take a walking meditation
- Find humor in the situation. Some of what we experience would be impossible to make up!
- Do something pleasurable for yourself: music, walks, gardening, exercise, or yoga
- Get good sleep, and enough of it. Remember that most of us need between 7 – 8 hours /day
- Move towards or stay with a healthy diet
- Support a colleague / connect to others
- Express gratitude
- Listen to your self-talk. Tell yourself that “It’s okay.” Remind yourself of what you “are” going to do. When we tell ourselves, “I’m not going to do this or that;” then all we can think about is the this or that we were trying to avoid. It’s like telling ourselves, “Don’t think about white polar bears.” And immediately…a white polar bear comes to mind.
- Cultivate interested curiosity in self and others
- Be open to your emotional and physical pain—try to not get mired in it, and not run from it. Seek support from those who are trustworthy
- Find joy in what you HAVE right now
- Take a seat in this moment of your life. Be here.
There are only two days in the year that nothing can be done. One is called yesterday and the other is called tomorrow, so today is the right day to love, believe, do and mostly live.
— Dalai Lama