Habits Heal or Harm

Written by on June 23, 2020 in Conscious Evolution, Conscious Living, Thrive with 0 Comments

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I love to  run on trails. Even when I'm grudging up an enormous mountain, it rarely feels like that much effort. Starting  my run, I check out my watch to see how much time I GET to run, rather than sizing up how much I feel I HAVE to run. After my run, I like to do some of my favorite poses. The entire experience feel exhilarating. It doesn't feel like work. It's one of my favorite habits that has blessed me with better sleep, greater physique, more energy, and most importantly, regular bouts of joy and pleasure.

Find something that you love that is also healthy in body, mind in spirit and make it a habit. Your habits will either make you you want to be or turn you in to exactly what you despise. Sometimes, we have to learn to love some of those things that are good for us but your body, mind, and spirit will quickly respond positively and crave more and more of it.  Drink enough water, eat your veggies, do something physical every day. Practice yoga. Meditate. Practice gratitude.

Physical Habits

I do something physical every day. I have a regular yoga and exercise regimen, but even on my off days or recovery days I also try to stay physical with some light yoga, or restore yoga. Also, I'm an older dad, mid-40s with a toddler, so there's a lot of wrestling and bounding about with the little one and I never turn down an opportunity to play. Either way, I plan every day with how I'm going to use my body that day.

Research suggests that mindfulness benefits our bodies, not just our minds.

Eating Habits

Find and discover those foods that are healthy that are also healthy. Steamed broccoli with some garlic and a little butter and dusting of salt—incredible. I plan on drinking a daily alkaline green drink: greens, cukes, avos, celery and maybe an apple or some dates. Delish! I've completely lost the taste for soda. When I get thirsty all I want is a big fat glass of water. I plan on filling up and drinking down my 32 oz water jug at least 3 times a day. When I'm eating (and drinking) my allotted servings of veg and fruits a day, drinking enough water, etc, I find myself craving the garbage food less and less. And when I do have a treat, I don't turn it into a meal. I also don't have any guilt about it. I saw a great instruction on social media lately that said essentially, “How to enjoy a guilt-free dessert: Step 1. make a dessert. Step 2. eat it.” Generally eat healthy and use a treat as a treat, not a meal and avoid the guilt.

Spiritual Habits

Spiritual can be defined myriad ways. I think of spirituality as anything that helps you be a better person on the inside and or connects you with the Universe outside. I choose to meditation, practice Yoga Nidra , and read and listen to books or podcasts that help me ponder the greater meaning of life and my personal contribution to the world. I try to listen or read something of this genre for at least 30 minutes a day, often when I'm on a run in the hills!

 

Set up a weekly routine of general eating habits, your regular yoga and meditation classes, and general way of being. You don't have to be perfect in this—it's is a lifestyle, not just a challenge. That means once in a while it will be your birthday your normal routine will be shot—all you'll consume will be booze and sugar. You'll probably be reminded that what you really wanted for your birthday was to do what makes you feel great. But then the next day you start back up and there's no judgment, no problem.

After weeks, months, and years of regularly doing what you love and what is healthy for you, you will realize that you've made some pretty big strides toward being the person that you knew you always were. it's your habits that form your health, character, and happiness.

This week in one of my live, online Yoga Nidra classes, one of my students who has joined my online sessions for many months commented with great happiness about the cumulative effect of doing Yoga Nidra regularly.

There are some lessons which can only be learned through a cumulative effect.

So choose those things that love which are also healthy for you in body, mind, and spirit and make them a habit.

 

Scott Moore Yoga (Photo by Alex Adams)

Scott Moore is a senior teacher of yoga and mindfulness in the US (New York, Salt Lake City, LA) and abroad and the author of Practical Yoga Nidra: The 10-Step Method to Reduce Stress, Improve Sleep, and Restore Your Spirit. When he's not teaching or conducting retreats, or traveling to teach, he also writes for Conscious Life News, Elephant Journal, Mantra Magazine, Medium, and his own blog at scottmooreyoga.com. Scott also loves to run, play the saxophone, and travel with his wife and son. Check out his yoga retreats and trainings in places like Tuscany, France, and Hong Kong , his online Yoga Nidra Course and his Yoga Teacher Mentor Program. Scott just moved back to Salt Lake City after living in Southern France with his family.

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