Honor Your Temple

It is health that is real wealth and not pieces of gold and silver.
— Mahatma Gandhi
 Sunset on Cedar Lake Rd, NJ

Sunset on Cedar Lake Rd, NJ

It's hard to balance your health and well-being.  I've seen first hand how we tend to take our health for granted and take it seriously only when illness or disease hits us hard... and sometimes by then it's too late.  I personally have seen through family members,  patients and MYSELF, what having imbalance in your life can do to you mind and body.  It doesn't just affect the person who is suffering; it has a rippling effect and everyone around is touched by it.  I can only attest to my journey and what it has taught me.  

Not long ago I was not in balance at all.  I was at one of the lowest points in my life - walking around with just a shell of myself; completely lost and depleted.  Sometimes illnesses sneak up on us to S L O W us down and teach us a lesson.  I can remember for months after moving my kids for like the eighth time; I was hitting a wall, exhausted, like my mind and body were shutting down.  After months of dealing with this, I finally went to the doctor to find out that I had Epstein Bar and it was not just me being completely beat down by life.  I look back on that time as that illness forcing me to just R E L A X and give into the moment.  Also, having dealt with anxiety and panic attacks because I was not forgiving myself (that was the point in time that yoga saved me.) When you are struggling mentally it's always in silence and you don't realize how precious your well-being and peace of mind are... until you lose them.  And then there are times when we get sick for no apparent reason and yes THAT sucks!  

I do know this, I want to try my best to treat my mind and body like a temple.  I joke sometimes saying that what if all this healthy living is for nothing and something bad does happen to me.  I gave great thought to that. One thing I do know is how I FEEL NOW - doing what I'm doing and that is much better then I did when I was living out of balance.  

So in yoga- life is lived in the moment.  The way I see it is I want to strive to just feel good.  What comes later in life comes later in life and I will deal with it.  I guess it comes down to self-worth and loving yourself; knowing that we are human and no one is perfect.  That's where balance come in hand - forgiving yourself or whoever hurt you.  I know its easier said than done.  You could always dive down deep into your yoga practice and burn all that crap out of you one day at a time.  YOU ARE WORTH IT!

  • Teach your children to love and respect their bodies (by example.)
  • Live in balance, enjoying your wine and dessert too. ; )
  • LISTEN carefully to what my body is trying to tell you...taking time to be still.
  • Live in moderation.
  • You have a bad day make tomorrow a better day.
  • Never give up on yourself.
  • Make your health a priority.
  • Start today and don't wait for tomorrow. 
Life is not merely being alive, but being well.
— Marcus Valerius Martialis (known in English as Martial) (circa 40 AD – 103 AD) – a Latin poet from Hispania (the Iberian Peninsula) best known for his twelve books of Epigrams