***Apologies for no post on Wednesday – technical difficulties*******
photo by Evies54
We spoke Monday on the gift of silence in helping us become more aware of gratitude and peace in the midst of a world that is on speed-dial. Have you ever wondered how, over the past 50 years, our world has become obsessed with the “bigger and faster” concept? We now want a 50″ tv, when a 19″ one would have sufficed, we have microwaves to heat our food quicker, we are able to get in touch with friends via phone, text, or email in real time, we are able to perform multiple activities at the same time….or can we??
Even though I love wireless over dial-up so I can “speed” through checking my email, I started thinking about my day-to-day pace. Although 24 hours in a day may just not seem enough sometimes, does cramming in several tasks at once really work? Can we really give our full attention to a friend in need if we are thinking about our next appointment? Can we really taste our food if we’re busy watching tv? Can we just sit and read a good book without judging ourselves for not being productive? I remember a quote – “Life is what happens when we’re busy doing other things”. Isn’t that the truth?
Surprisingly, I came across the perfect devotion this morning in my DAILY OM mailbox. For many of you who have followed my posts, you know how much I love this site. It is titled “Enjoying a Snail’s Pace”. I am certain if you read it (at a snail’s pace!) and really take it in, it will remind you of the importance of being present – to each moment in your life and feeling at peace in the process!
Welcome to my blog! I’m very excited to begin. When I thought about the title I would use, I thought about what the word “wellness” meant to me. It’s certainly the buzzword all over town these days. Being of East Indian descent, I wanted to use a word from the ancient language of Sanskrit to describe how wellness pertains to all of us. The word “kriya” fit. Kriya literally means ‘the action of the soul’. We are all on this journey to live our fullest potential – from the aspects of mental, physical, and spiritual wellbeing. The soul is always evolving……it is, therefore, always in motion. In yogic terms, this starts with our breath. The wellness kriya, to me, is the process by which we all strive to become more of who we truly are…….that perfect, authentic self that lies deep within us. We accomplish this by engaging and incorporating 7 actions – the ingredients that I feel make up, what I call, our wellness quotient. Those seven kriyas are: Exercise the Mind & Body, Take a Risk, Feel Gratitude, Be Present, Believe in Spirit, Embrace Change, and Let Go. Living our lives with these actions in mind will increase our wellness quotient and allow us to follow our truth. Each week we will look closely at one of these categories. My purpose is to empower others to believe in themselves and to provide teaching tools for unleashing their true potentials. Let’s start peeling down the layers and get to the core!