Wellness encompasses our state of being, mind, and health. It is a condition of the whole. Wellness to us means finding balance between all the aspects of our lives and if any of them are off, actively pursuing ways to bring harmony back. The following are some ways to keep the mind in proper balance.
Meditation is preventive maintenance for the mind, and it gives us the opportunity to reflect on our inner self - to listen to that small inner voice that is supposed to help guide and direct our mental processes, but in modern day existence, it is often drowned out due to excessive noise and distraction from all directions. Simple meditation practices are tools we have available to keep our mind in balance and flow with the rest of our systems.
The mind is a complicated and versatile machine, but it can become overwhelmed and unable to function correctly if we don’t take the time to keep it well.. Our mind has varying levels of operation, known as brainwaves. As we pass through the different stages of our day, we enter various stages of brain wave activity. The brain uses mediation as one way to allow us time to rest our busy mind, and cope with all the pieces of information we’ve received, a way to kind of “mind file” for the day. When we don’t give adequate time for these processes, or we simply don’t get enough rest, our mind cannot maintain its state of wellness, just like our bodies aren’t capable of wellness if there is no chance to rest and replenish. Modern alternative medicine and holistic healers believe in the power of the energy that flows through our bodies; this energy radiates from our mind as well. It is believed to be the chief from of transportation for our body nervous system to carry out communication.
Breathing techniques, music and aroma therapy are all ways we can find space to reflect on our day, allow our mind to rest and replenish itself for further use. We must remember over the course of our daily routine, to make time to maintain mental wellness as we strive to maintain physical wellness. The nice thing about the whole process is that as we go about accomplishing these tasks, quite often the opportunities for preservation and care are interchangeable. We can help to quiet our mind as we take a twenty minute walk.
Often just the opportunity to listen to music will allow our mind the chance it needs to relax and regroup. It’s not always the most formal of occasions that we find an available chance to reflect and listen to that inner voice. It can be in the middle of the day, with the wind blowing through your hair, and the radio turned up!
How will you find those moments of peace in your day to quiet your mind and keep it in balance?