One of the delights of playing in Wishcrafting Wednesday is the chance to check out other participants and discover new blogs. I was happy to find Rachél Payne’s The Art of Collecting Yourself and her recent post on “Stepping onto the Wellness Wheel.” It feels like an especially relevant topic to me, and something that has increasing captured my attention over the last year or so.
In September of last year I shifted my way of eating, choosing to eat only organic foods, and giving up refined sugar and almost all gluten. It was a big shift, but one that has brought huge benefits, most important of which is a tremendous sense of vibrancy. I didn’t do it alone. I participated in the One-Gen program facilitated by Laurel Bleadon-Maffei which included a spiritual and energetic component that was a perfect fit for me. We’re getting ready to move on to the next phase of the journey through her next program Love Your Body, and I’m really excited about this.
I’ve certainly not always had the most loving relationship with my body. And truth be told, this is an issue I find for many focused on a spiritual path. It’s something I’ve really struggled with because I clearly understand the connection between body and spirit – it is absolutely my belief that we are Divine Beings choosing embodiment. But the key there is that in choosing embodiment we commit to expressing, experiencing and creating in the physical, and that means through our physical bodies. So how does it serve us to treat our bodies as anything other than sacred vessels and true friends? And so this has been a place of unbalance for me – knowing how I want it to be and yet not quite there. But as in all cycles, sometimes one thing shifts to the forefront and others move back, and now this body/wellness thing has moved forward into my attention. So it feels like a serendipitous gift to have found Rachél’s blog at this time, as she’s planning on exploring the Wheel of Wellness over the nine months and inviting others to play along as well.
Her invitation for this week was to discuss and/or document a daily practice which reminds you of the wellness journey you’re on. So I’ve posted my “wheel” at the top. The things I’ve included are mindful eating, using flower essences, meditating, working with aromatherapy, and journaling. Each of these things I do daily, and each of them is reminder and a connection to my wellness journey. I can’t wait to see what else unfolds for me in the upcoming months.
Are there any practices you consider essential or find helpful or even wish you did regularly?