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The Key to Happiness…

it’s all about balance.

What do I mean by balance?  I mean balance in all spheres of our lives.  Why is balance important?  Balance leads to happiness.

In a wonderful article (Just Listen! Your Body is Speaking to You) written for “OWN“,  Deepak Chopra tells us how to find happiness…(hint: it begins with listening). 

Here is an excerpt:

“The key to happiness starts with your body’s signals. Simply ask yourself right now, “How do you feel?” What you do with the answers you receive may make all the difference when it comes to living a balanced and joy-filled life.

If I could pick one ally in the pursuit of happiness, I would pick the body, and that means everyone’s body, not just the beautiful, young, fit ones. I know how millions of people feel about their bodies. America is getting to be an obese nation, reaching down into childhood. A bad body image is the chief source of shame and disappointment for many women in particular.

Yet at this moment your first and most reliable guide to happiness is your body. The body is designed to support the mind, and this mutual support creates the state known as happiness. When choosing a certain behavior, ask your body, “How do you feel about this?” If your body sends a signal of physical or emotional distress, watch out. If your body sends a signal of comfort and eagerness, proceed.

Together, mind and body form a whole. It is artificial to separate the two. You cannot have a single thought, sensation or feeling without the body. This includes the most inspired spiritual thoughts, feelings and sensations. All experience has a physical component.

Let’s say that your body doesn’t feel like your guide and friend. Why not? It’s not because you have gained weight, fallen out of shape or grow older every day. It’s lack of awareness. Awareness has tremendous power. It tunes into every cell. Awareness is the invisible, silent agent that lets your body know what your mind is thinking, and at the same time it sends feedback from the body so that the mind feels supported and understood.

Here are the signals, both yes and no, that your body is sending to you:

Yes to balance, no to imbalance.

Yes to moderation, no to excess.

Yes to regular rhythms in activity, no to erratic schedules.

Yes to deep rest at regular intervals, no to lack of sleep.

Yes to being in your comfort zone, no to constant stress.

These aren’t esoteric messages. Every cell follows each signal perfectly; it has to in order to survive. So when you stop paying attention to these signals, you are working against the flow of nature, which is the flow of life.

When mind, body and spirit are in harmony, happiness is a natural state. The signs of disharmony, on the other hand, are not esoteric either: discomfort, pain, depression, anxiety and illness in general. Unhappiness is a form of feedback. It signals that disharmony has entered somewhere—either in mind, body or spirit. Awareness has become disconnected. Only when we look at the situation in this holistic way can we link health, wholeness and holiness, for all three share the same root word and all three share the same state of harmony or disharmony.”

You can read the rest of the article (it is one in a series of articles) at Just Listen! Your Body is Speaking to You.

Try to find some time this evening, or this weekend, to listen to your body.  What is it telling you?

Have a fabulous Friday,

P.S.  Tomorrow’s post will be about a different kind of balance.

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6 thoughts on “The Key to Happiness…

  1. I have been lax in reporting my fitness “triumphs” for the week (I was reminded of this when Jimmy told me he gave me my star for the day – I like getting stars). This week we got some good walking/running in with a couple 5k walk/runs and a workout video.

    Today we have more spring like weather, although rain is certainly in the forecast, so we were able to get out this morning for a 5k walk/run followed by abs and pushups. Yay! It’s a good way to start Friday.

  2. That is a wonderful article & something we all should really think about – balance in all aspects of our lives! Love it!!!

    I listen to my bod when working out BUT I also have to admit that I try to ignore it when it says rest too… I need to do better at that!

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