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Holistic Care: Mind, Body and….Spirit?

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In the fields of holistic and alternative health care as well as in new age circles you will frequently hear discussions of the importance of addressing mind , body and spirit in order to attain optimal health.  I agree that this is true… but I feel as though it is rarely done.  We have gotten pretty good at the “body” part:  the fitness industry is booming, folks are aware that they need to keep in shape, improve their nutrition, detoxify chemicals from the body, get enough sleep and so on.  We are not quite as good at the “mind” part, but have shown some improvement recently in this area.  I get a lot of clients coming to me for Reiki to help manage stress, and for hypnosis to help empower the subconscious and bring clarity and strength of mind to personal goal achievement.  I have also noticed that in our current climate it has become much less taboo, if not totally normal to seek counseling or psychiatric help, rather than suffer in silence when mental issues surface.  But the aspect of a truly holistic life approach that I am seeing addressed the least is the “spirit” end of the deal.  Many people have experienced religion, but I don’t think that really counts unless your religious practice has led you to explore your personal spiritual nature.  Many forms of religious worship simply have you listening to someone else’s thoughts or stories, or going through the motions of the rules established by a particular institution.  So how do you work on sensing your spirit on your own?  How do realize what truly lies within the bigger picture of it all for you?  Here are few approaches that I have found very helpful, and very deep:  Ask yourself what you truly believe.  And don’t just ask silently to yourself and then drift off into the next thing you need to think about before finding any answers-  use this as a journal prompt.  Take out a pen and paper and try completing the following sentences, and expand as much as you wish on each.  “I believe that when I die……”, “I believe God is…..”, “I believe my purpose on this Earth is to……”.  This exercise will be hard at first, and you might even find that if you did this on multiple occasions that you would have very different answers from one day to the next.  But the point of this is to begin to build a more concrete structure for your own personal belief system.  Having your beliefs become something more than abstract can be so incredibly helpful when the tough moments in life come up… they will come back to you, remind you of your role, remind you of what is possible.  Another great exercise to partake in is to begin trying to remember more dreams.  Set the intention at night that you will wake up in the morning remembering your dreams… and then when you do remember one, write it down.  They may seem to make no sense at first but if you do this over time you will be surprised at the experiences you are having when your consciousness is not attached to your body.  Experiencing other times and places, other whole groups of friends, other possible realities in which you may simultaneously exist but not live in physically can really help you to further build on the richness of that personal belief system.  The third and final suggestion I will give for today is to work on being authentically  yourself in every situation possible.  This means not feeling like you have to keep quiet about your real opinions, not holding back for fear that some part of your life is not acceptable to someone else.  I did that for way too long, and now that I am making a point to NOT do that, amazing things are happening.  I am much more in touch with my true self-  the spirit of myself-  and I feel that this is a huge source of thriving that went relatively untapped in some of the earlier periods of my life.  I hope that you will feel free to share in the comments here… maybe even some of the endings you found to complete some of the writing prompts above.  You are not alone in the need for personal growth and experiencing something beyond the mundane and the physical, and your sharing could be just the thing that helps another reader to explore as well.  Thank you so much for taking valuable time from your day to pause and read these musings-  love and blessings to all.            Peace, Nikki

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Author: nikkisnature

I am a Reiki Master Teacher, hypnotherapist, dream teacher, shamanic practitioner, Physical Therapist and overall nature enthusiast. I have spent over ten years studying spirituality, energy, meditation, health and holistic healing. I continually crave new learning and want to be able to use it to share and help others.

2 thoughts on “Holistic Care: Mind, Body and….Spirit?

  1. Sometimes when I read your newsletters i feel like you know exactly what I need…thank you

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