“Food” For Thought

I got an email sent to me a couple days ago from an Integral Yoga Teacher’s Association in which I belong to.  I usually skim over these emails or save them with the intention of reading them later but often end up failing to do so, which is terrible because they always offer wonderful words of wisdom.  I decided to open up this past newsletter and make myself slow down and take the time to read it.  Many of the emails actually often include reminders to slow down and enjoy life, which is something me and pretty much everyone can and should make a conscious effort to do more than every once in awhile.  Anyways, I’m really glad I took the time to read this particular email in whole.  It really resonated with me.  I thought I’d share what it had to say with all of you.  A little food for thought for your day/week/life.

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Dedicate Your Entire Life
“Selfishness is the cause of all worries and anxieties. The minute
you raise above selfishness, the minute you learn to dedicate your
entire life, you will be peaceful and happy. When the mind is healthy,
the body should be healthy. There’s nothing to disturb the body.
Every cell in the body, every gland in the body reacts to your
thinking, remember that. If the mind is calm and clean, you are
healthy in every way
. As the mind, so the body: a sound mind in a
sound body. That is why I say, if you want to call yourself a yogi,
see that your life is completely selfless, free from all kinds of
personal motives and attachments. Free yourself, liberate yourself
from that bondage.

“God bless you. OM Shanti, Shanti, Shanti.”

-Sri Swami Satchidananda, Integral Yoga

What this has to say is incredibly true.  If you free your mind from worries, anxiety, and tension, you allow your body to work at its optimum state.  Your body can function at it’s best, while your mind rests at peace.  Example (this will be geared towards foodies):  You overeat one day.  Your mind is racing with guilty thoughts.  Even if your body wouldn’t be feeling the results of the overeating, your mind is making it feel the results.  Your mind is also placing stress on the body.  A stressful mind increases the chances of becoming sick, thus resulting in an unhealthy body.

This example could be continued, and there are a million other examples that could be related to this.  Maybe think of one that’s happening in our own life?  Serve others and you will not only make others happy, but you will find natural happiness within yourself.  Live, serve, and be free…the keys to a happy life.

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    Simply Life
    February 3, 2010 at 7:50 am

    Thanks for the reminder to slow down and take a deep breath 🙂

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    Andrea@WellnessNotes
    February 3, 2010 at 8:32 am

    So true! Thanks for sharing.

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    Tracey @ I'm Not Superhuman
    February 3, 2010 at 10:32 am

    “If you free your mind from worries, anxiety, and tension, you allow your body to work at its optimum state.” So true. It reminds me of how stress can affect our bodies physically. Work stress can cause a headache. A death in the family can cause hair loss. And long-term stress can cause belly fat and heart disease. It’s funny how our mind and body are so connected.

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    Melinda
    February 3, 2010 at 12:25 pm

    Thanks for sharing this. I love the picture too. How relaxing!

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    eatmovelove
    February 3, 2010 at 1:07 pm

    Oh my Lord – I am so grateful for this post. You rock. I’m printing this out for me…it’s so freaking true, it’s not even funny. The mind can make you tired, energetic, positive or negative, sad or happy…it can make your body feel like a bag of crap …that’s why depression often leads to apathy and inability to get out of bed or even, it’s true, “digestive” issues…people often experience digestive issues and blame it on foods, etc….look for different or perfect diets or try extremes – raw, veganism, all protein, high fat, low fat, all carb – whatever!!! – but until you get yourself and your mind clear of all that NOTHING will be work. Work on your issues, don’t obsess or think too much, and the body will take care of itself.

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    Teniah Howell
    February 3, 2010 at 1:46 pm

    This was a wonderful post. Thanks for the call to mindfulness and calm – we all need that reminder each day!

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    Mari
    February 3, 2010 at 2:18 pm

    This a great post…thank you for sharing this!!!! I am in serious need of some yoga tonight

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    Jacqueline Johns - Your Happy Life Mentor
    February 3, 2010 at 10:40 pm

    Luv the pic!

    Happiness is snuggled up in a quiet spot within you.
    You need only be still and silent and allow it to unfold until it eventually engulfs you.

    Live Life Happy!

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    kbwood
    February 4, 2010 at 12:11 am

    LOVE what this said about stress! so true! great words girl!

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    Nicole
    February 4, 2010 at 8:00 pm

    Reading this is totally what I needed at this very moment in time…THANK YOU! I couldn’t agree more. This was like my daily Zen!

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    The Candid RD
    February 4, 2010 at 8:04 pm

    Such a perfect post. This is exactly what I needed to read. Lately I’ve been causing stress just by thinking over and over again all that I have to do. It’s like I think that if I continuously thinking about all I have to do, and go over it in my head, then everything will be better! IN reality, it just makes me more stressed and up-tight. I need to relax my mind. Thanks for the reminder.

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    Oraphan
    February 5, 2010 at 12:53 am

    What a wonderful post! It’s true; we all need to slow down and take the time to enjoy life, thank you for the reminder:)

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