Honor your Body, Mind and Spirit this
Relationship between Our Interior and Exterior Worlds
Transform your current living environment into a
sacred space — an organized, calm and relaxing reflection of your individual style that helps create wellness by replenishing energy and providing inner peace. What
you need to create a sacred space is not money, but what each of us already has:
creativity, intuitive guidance, imagination and inspiration. In order to create the sacred space you need and deserve, you must pay attention to shifting circumstances, moods and inspirations that occur to you
and your life.
Creating the style that is uniquely you doesn’t start with list making and trips to the paint
store. At the end of the day, every room in your home is a reflection of your
interior world. In other words, what you wish to create externally can only reflect what you practice
internally. That’s why creating
your own sacred space requires you to take a fearless inventory of your
own body and how you care for it.
Our bodies are temples, but more often than not we
treat them like machines. We expect
them to deliver, to run on empty, to never give in, to never break down
and to always go that extra mile. Eventually, though, something will cause us to slow down — or even come to a complete
stop — forcing us to look more closely at the way we are
For instance, consider the person who has a
regular exercise routine that she doesn’t veer from. She works out regularly
and can feel her endorphins kicking in, helping her function at a clearer,
higher energetic level. She drinks the recommended eight glasses of water every
day, takes vitamins, eats healthy food and avoids skipping meals. She is
confident, focused and tuned into the messages her body sends her. This is
precisely how our exterior world and interior world work together.
Contrast this with someone who has been told to lose weight, to exercise more and to make wiser food choices but chooses to go instead for the quick fix,
buying exercise equipment, joining weight-loss programs and loading up on supplements without ever committing to any action. Intention without any action is a hallmark of the exterior world not matching the interior world.
Ask yourself this. In which of these homes would
you expect to find order and calm? Chaos and tension? When you truly honor your
body as a temple, you become more conscious about how you live. You also become accountable to yourself for the way
you feel. Your outer behavior becomes an extension of your inner world.
Most of us get very good at putting our needs last, after the demands of families and careers. We
work more and sleep less. Exhaustion sets in, and it can get very hard to keep
our promises to ourselves.
The good news is that it is easy to get started. Here are three simple things you can do to and honor body, mind and spirit in
Do you really know what’s in the food you eat?
Investigate the food that’s in your pantry and refrigerator. Feed yourself
healthy, nourishing foods for energy
and hydration. Avoid GMOs (genetically-modified organisms) by learning
to read food labels, and stay away from processed food as much as possible
(especially fast-food drive-up windows).
A great way to honor and cherish your body is to
meditate a little every day to
help reduce stress, anger and anxiety, and to clear the
chattering “monkey” mind that drives us all. When you sit calmly and quietly,
focus on your breathing and let your thoughts pass through you rather than
consume you, it has a healing effect; try it for 10 minutes in the morning and before you go to sleep each night. You’ll find that you have more energy,
gratitude and joy throughout the day.
Take a walk. Listen to the sounds around you. Sit in a park and see how many shades of green you can pick out. Feel how your
body and mind respond. When you’ve sat there long enough to sigh, that is your interior world thanking you for letting it reconnect to the source of life.
author of Sacred
Space: Turning Your Home Into A Sanctuary, spent two decades in business management before she
changed the direction of her life to pursue an inner calling. In the years since, she has traveled
extensively, studying and working with a number
of spiritual self-help aut-ors. Her sacred
space practices were a natural outgrowth of the places she visited. Learn more about Jill and
order her new book at www.JillAngelo.com