Happy Wellness Journey
We all strive for Wellness in our own way every day; that one extra crunch for those abs, that additional mile on your cardio day, a cup of green tea before going to work, taking the stairs to get rid of that tiny bit of flab by the waist, switching diets & gulping juices, all for that well defined body, but let me ask you something – Are you on the right track? Is this the path to wellness? I know most of you would nod your head, would say “yes” & I am not saying you are wrong, but I would like to redefine wellness for you by answering three basic questions. Let’s begin with the key question – what?
Happy Wellness Journey
What is Wellness?
“Health is a state of body, wellness is a state of being.” ~ J. Stanford
If you google the definition of wellness, google would tell you that “Wellness is the state of being in good health.” Well, it is right, except that we think it has to do only with the body but also with mind & soul, they play a crucial part in your journey to wellness, it is important for the three to be in harmony. Now, since we have established that, it leads us to our next question.
Why are They Important for Wellness?
“The greatest discovery of any generation is that human beings can alter their lives by altering the attitudes of their minds.” ~ Albert Schweitzer
A healthy outside starts from the inside; it might sound cliched but it is the most ignored mantra that needs to be reiterated. Remember, your body hears everything your mind says; it wouldn’t make any sense to work out for those biceps & abs while your mind is still stressed out agitated by your day to day frustrations from both professional as well as personal fronts. That would only lead to other illnesses, such as heart disease or diabetes, which are contrary to our goals to wellness. Hence, keep your body active, mind still let your soul rejoice in the balance of the two. I know, it is easier said than done but not really. So, how do we get there?
How do We Keep the Body, Mind & Soul in Harmony?
“What I am looking for is not out there, it is in me.” ~ Helen Keller
When it comes to your body mind, treat it like a temple where your soul dwells in not like a trash can; accept it at the same time respect it - ‘Keep it good’, that’s the mantra for both body mind; by ‘good’ I mean healthy food for the body positive thoughts for the mind. When these two start dancing together to the same tune, you will see that the soul is entertained thus a harmony is established between the trio.
I had a tough time getting there too, I was on an amazing routine of Pilates combined with cardio an absolutely strict diet but at the end of the day I used to feel stressed out by everything around me, until I was introduced to Yoga in the year 2016. By practicing asanas pranayama I gained better control over my body through Meditation I gained control over my mind; don’t get me wrong, Pilates helped in a way for a while but I guess that just wasn’t enough for me. Eventually, with practice, I learned the art of balancing the body & mind which in turn put the soul in equilibrium. I still work on Pilates thrice a week cardio twice a week.
For those who have just begun their journey to Wellness, I would say take it easy, don’t stress yourself over that extra crunch, that additional mile, whatever you do, all you need to be is consistent with it, even if it is for ten minutes, give it your all, body, mind & soul, those ten minutes are your Meditation moment, a disconnect from the world.
You also don’t have to go tasteless on your taste buds, just eat healthy, the right amount that your body needs to rejuvenate & repair. I even indulge once in a while; a scoop of ice-cream, or cake. If you do too, don't worry, it is okay. Don’t stress about it; I call it feeding the soul. Hence, live in moderation; workout, meditate, eat deliciously healthy & rest when you need to. I wish you a harmonious, healthy, healing & of course, a happy journey to Wellness.
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about The author - Viswa Pilla
Viswa Sampreethi Pilla is an author, yoga practitioner, fitness coach & artist. Born & raised in Chennai until high school after which she had moved to Hyderabad. Viswa now lives in Miami where she savours the great cultural life.
Despite being an IT professional for seven years, Viswa soon found that Yoga & writing were her passion. She practices Prana, Hatha, Vinyasa, Ashtanga Yoga every day, & when it comes to writing, her genres are mostly YA, humor & romantic fiction, but she does not like to stick to any particular genre as she is working on a fantasy novel as well.
Her debut novel, A Song for Every Moment, was published in February, 2015 through Createspace which had reached the hearts of many around the world, and her second one, 5 In the Game of 4, was published in June, 2016 also through Createspace had brought many more accolades to add to her hat. When she is not writing or practicing, you will find her painting or spending quality time with her husband, she also takes great interest in music and arts.