One of the fun things about going back through old writings is seeing whether one’s thoughts have changed with time, or whether they still hold true.
I’m pleased to share with you what I know are my core values and high-level beliefs about health & wellness, which I originally authored in July of 2014. In case you’re wondering–yes, they still hold true for me–and I’d say I have a deeper understanding of them as well.
Do these resonate with you? What values and beliefs do you hold about health & wellness? Have you thought about it?
What I value
- Safety (physical, mental, and emotional)
- Taking responsibility
- Personal space and freedom of choice
- Contributing to the world in a positive way
- Being challenged
- Active listening
What I Believe
- Health isn’t just about fitness or exercise; it’s about movement and embodiment, being fully alive here and now, regardless of whether things are going the way we want them to or not.
- Health is about feeling and accepting our emotions, letting them run their course, and being our authentic selves through whatever curves come up in our life journeys.
- Health is about receiving nourishment and pleasure from our food. Balancing our intake of foods that are good for us with foods that we love even if they’re not.
- Health is about finding windows of relaxation, even in the midst of busy days and nights. It’s about taking time for self-care, to unwind, to slow down, to recharge.
- Health isn’t about stress “management”–it’s about learning to flow freely with life. To accept, embrace, let go, surrender. This is difficult! Believe me, I know.
- Health is learning how to navigate through symbolic doorways that present themselves to us. To stretch even when it’s difficult and we feel growing pains. To look fear in the eye and say, “I can handle this.”
- Health is about treating yourself as you would your best friend. Supporting yourself through kind words, actions, reassurance, and love. Forgiving yourself when you make a mistake. Knowing you’re never broken, and never need to be “fixed”.
- Health is figuring out who you truly are, instead of living as other people want you to be.