There’s a great deal of talk and dicussion these days on the importance of Wellness in the workplace. But the basic principles of Wellness apply to all aspects of life, both at work and at home. In addition the Wellness umbrella term covers just about everything connected with mind, body and spirit. The Holistic you.
So let’s look at one basic principle. It is the obvious, yet often ignored, fact that the things we pay attention to grow. Apply that principle widely in your life both at work and at home and watch the abundance flourish. Focus that attention on goals – big or small – and you are taking a step in the direction of creating wellness of mind, body and spirit.
We all know the sort of person who leaps out of the bed in the morning full of excitement about the day that lies ahead. That person has a goal. This creates excitement and the mind, body and spirit respond with energy and vitality. So far so good. But if we get hung up on one particular goal and if it fails or no longer serves a purpose in our lives then we run into difficulty. That’s because the river of life does not flow in just one channel. We need to feed many healthy streams into it.
In the pursuit of these varied goals the best approach you can practise is one that comes from a quiet place in the mind, a place of near-serenity, and certainly a non-frantic base. You may already know people who exude this calmness. It’s a joy to be in their company and generally they are patient and full of understanding of life’s challenges. They have a charm about them that is infectious.
You probably know the opposite type as well. The folk who spend most of their time running around like blue-arsed flies. You know the type who have this frenetic energy that is palpable as soon as they come into a room. Now mostly they burn out and their ‘goals’ go with them. But in the process they can also drain us. I call them vampires of energy. Yes, vampires of energy. They’re usually very intense and indeed very sincere and well-intentioned but they suck the energy out of you unknowingly unless you know how to mentally put up a block but that takes practice. The calmness that the former group practises is invaluable because it is the best foundation for creating well-being and wellness. Finding that place should be your main goal.
And so in more general terms our real nature, our natural intelligence, cannot develop if we do not pay attention to it. It’s like a precious flower in the garden that needs much more TLC than the average. So get that attention moving at a steady pace. Then self-awareness will grow and bring a sense of calm to the mind which the body will appreciate by being more relaxed and steady. Just like you would feel after a massage. Because that’s really what self-awareness is – a massage for the mind.
Bibi Baskin is a Wellness Consultant who lived in India for fifteen years and is now resident in Cork. She offers Motivational talks as well as classes in Public Speaking.