Most people are familiar with the idea that it requires practice to become a master musician, painter, athlete or scientist. But what about those things that we all must do such as feed ourselves, sleep, breath, have fun with our bodies, make meaningful connections with others, receive affection, ? These are among the things that decide how we show up in the world, whether we are present, distracted, attentive or focused.
“Impeccability begins with a single act that has to be deliberate, precise and sustained. If that act is repeated long enough, one acquires a sense of unbendable intent, which can be applied to anything else. If that is accomplished the road is clear. One thing will lead to another until the warrior realizes his full potential”.
I’m guessing most of us don’t see our basic routines as something deserving of mastery. Usually we consider everything else to be much more important. Mastering our professional and academic lives usually becomes the priority for most people in our culture. What we don’t acknowledge however, is that when we jump ahead to mastering our exterior characteristics, (the ones that we celebrate in this society), we often end up with a very shallow root system. Then when challenges come our way, we have very little capacity to overcome them.
I want to live in a world where we each take time at the beginning of our lives to master self care, and cultivate a deep root system that will nourish all of our other endeavors. Self-care is a life long practice. It’s a not a diet program, a cleanse, a pill, or a silver bullet cure for illness. It’s a way of seeing yourself as a whole person that needs nourishment, every day of your life. It’s incorporating an understanding of your body, your health (physical. emotional and mental), and food into your continuous learning and development.
Sadly though, this isn’t something that most of us learn growing up. Even if we came from a “decent enough” family where we were provided for, we usually weren’t taught to calmly pause and reflect on what we needed in the moment, or to plan time to prepare nourishing food, eat well, sleep enough, or ask others for support when we needed it.
These missing skills are so common to most of us that we don’t even realize we’re missing integral pieces in our foundations until we’re on the verge of having everything fall apart. (Even then, many people don’t know what is missing).
I’d like to offer an opportunity for you to take 4 months out of your life to germinate some of the essential seeds of understanding that you can build on for the rest of your life. I won’t prescribe a diet, but I will teach a way of viewing your health holistically, and give you skills to help you discern and learn what you need to nourish yourself (body, mind and spirit). I’ll provide an experience that will model a life of self-care. We’ll also eat lots of delicious food, have interesting discussions, spend time energizing in nature, and start to integrate a lifelong practice that you can adapt to your ever-changing circumstances.
If you’re curious and want to learn more about the practice click here.
If you’re interested in reading on your own to learn more about your body and mind and how it all works together, then check out this book, Eating Alive, written by Naturopath, Dr. John Matsen.
Until next time,