Good health is like a garden. Your body being like a plot of land; your insides and outsides the various connective plants and limbs that require tender loving care in order bring forth the best quality from your fitness labors.
As with any garden, your body reacts well to those things that make it whole and abundant with rich ingredients, and to maintaining a regular wellness plan. But when we slack off and add too many toxic ingredients, our garden develops weeds and begins to whither.
Gardening as a metaphor for good health may seem a bit strange, but the parallels are stronger than most of us might think.
Back to Basics
Gardens need food, sun and a place to grow. So do humans. Despite the fact that we usually think more about gadgets and wish-lists, we’re at our best when we exercise, eat well, breath well, get enough sleep, spend time outdoors and feel safe in our homes. We flourish when we treat our minds and bodies well and get back in touch with our core fusion.
Creating garden borders is essential for planning, as are setting limits within our own life. We need limits in all areas of life: at work, at home and out and about. We also need healthy limits when it comes to our interpersonal relationships, saying no and yes to the right people at the right time. Structure, meaning and purpose—they provide clarity and organization for a rich and balanced life. Some soul searching can lead to great finds from within.
Spice of Life
Shapes, sizes, colors, textures…all are part of the beauty of a garden, collaborating for its wholeness. The same is true when it comes to our spouses, children, co-workers, and friends. Everyone plays a role in our lives, bringing individual opinions, experiences and perspectives to bear, as well as strengths and weaknesses. Embrace the variety for greater strength.
Weeds and the Whole Picture
Just as unattended weeds can grow out of control, our problems in life are very much the same. Don’t let issues fester. Deal with them in a direct, up front, positive way. Avoidance and denial only make our problems worse in the long run. Perspective is also vital. What may seem unconquerable one day might not be so bad the next, given greater thought and clear-minded vision. Step back and see the forest for the trees.
Stir it Up
One of the best ways to prepare for a new garden is to till the soil. Our lives are no different. Staying in our comfort zone, however cozy or familiar, doesn’t make us grow. We don’t need to change ourselves in order to make a change in our lives. When looked at from a paradigm of growth versus change, we can see the value and increase our strength for the ultimate life/health workout.
A good example of walking the talk of this balancing act is Exhale Spa. Offering unparalleled, transformational mind body programs, Exhale operates 19 locations in 11 cities globally. Guests revive with an award-winning series of Core Fusion® and yoga classes, all exclusive to exhale and all physically and mentally challenging. Together these offerings allow for the perfect balance so as to Revive, Restore and Exhale.
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Tom Lowery enjoys writing about people, interpersonal skills and business.