I’ve been thinking about health for a while now. My Fibromyalgia has been gradually getting worse as I’ve been getting older. I let myself stop working out and now that I’m back at it, it seems to be taking me a long time to get some flexibility back. I don’t want to be a little old lady who can barely walk at the ripe old age of 60 (when I do get there). One of my resolutions this year was to go to the Doctor for a physical, so I’ve got to do that. I don’t think that other than my Fibromyalgia I’ve really got anything else going on, but since I haven’t been to the doctor for quite a few years, I think a physical could be a good idea.
Since I like to research things, I found myself looking up information on Ayurveda. For those of you who don’t really understand what it is, here is an explanation, copied directly from the website.
“The two main guiding principles of Ayurveda are 1) the mind and the body are inextricably connected, and 2) nothing has more power to heal and transform the body than the mind. Freedom from illness depends upon expanding our own awareness, bringing it into balance, and then extending that balance to the body.” http://www.chopra.com/articles/what-is-ayurveda
When I read that, I thought it was a great way to look at health. Of course, everything is interrelated, and we really do need to learn how to meditate, slow down and care for ourselves. This is such a problem for me. I’m one of those people who, when told in an airplane that I would have to place the oxygen mask on myself before placing one on my child, recoils. Intellectually I know it makes sense, but why would I put myself before my child? See my problem?
I’m determined to explore this “self-care” more this year, and encourage you to do so too. Since I hate pharmaceuticals, I don’t want to be put on any. I want my health to come from natural sources such as what I eat, how I think and how I take care of my body. Let me know what things you do to stay health in mind and body. I’m going to explore this Ayurveda path, and I’ll probably talk about it in some future posts.