• Janet Golownia

Foundations for Healing...

We all know how eating healthy is important to our healing. In the beginning of my healing journey when I was diagnosed with MS 36 years ago this is where I focused. It wasn’t always easy, but I learned that my health improved overtime day by day and choice by choice. Then 10 years ago, I began practicing yoga daily because I was desperate. My health was slipping away again and my life as I knew it had been turned upside down. I’ve learned through my daily practice that there are what I call “foundations for healing” that we must pay attention to each day. I’d like to share these with you. You may have been aware of them, but do you practice them and live them? They are simple but they require commitment and awareness.

Foundations for healing are …

· Paying attention to the truth of your body

· Questioning your thoughts

· Listening to your heart

One way to learn the truth of your body is to become intimately aware of how well your body does or doesn’t move. I ask that you do this from a place of non-judgment, be curious and move within the range that feels comfortable. Instead of striving and pushing your body you must get quiet, slow down, feel, breathe, and stay awake and aware as you move. You will learn the truth of your body with a regular yoga practice. The result will be that you will understand your body, trust it and listen to it.

Questioning your mind is the next foundation of healing. Questioning what you’ve been told, what you’ve been taught, and what you’ve become conditioned into believing. It means asking yourself … Is this true for me? You may not get the answer right away but the key is to keep asking and staying open each time you come to your yoga practice. You are teaching yourself to become an observer to your thoughts so that you can begin to choose which thoughts are your truth. From this observer state you will be less reactive, less stressed, and more equipped to take meaningful action to begin healing.

The last foundation to healing – listening to your heart. To begin the process of learning to listen to your heart you must first begin to recognize what it is that fills you with joy. Is it taking a walk outside in nature? Is it taking quality time at dinner to be with family/friends and connect? Is it taking time to read your favorite book? Is it time spent in your garden digging in the dirt? It is up to you to discover what it is that fills you up. As you do things each day that fill you up you will then have more to give. As you give you receive and now you will be in the abundant flow of life and love.

If you found this helpful, I would love to hear from you.

Namaste – Be well.

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