Where do you really live? In a spiritual house (the one you see in the mirror each day).
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It’s not surprising to see people take incredible care of their car; they wash, buff, wipe and shine every inch with immense pride. Its immaculate condition is only dampened by dark clouds or birds overhead. In the same way, there are others who cannot sleep at night unless their bricks & mortar house presents in the same spotless way.
Now, I see nothing wrong with taking great pride in those things which you love, but as we wax on-wax off the gloss of all the physical items we possess in our lives – do we ever stop a moment to think about the condition of the place we really live in?
The real house you live in.
To those who know me, or who’ve read my earlier post entitled Me, myself and I…Who’s listening to your self talk?, you’ve heard me refer to your physical body as your “house”. I got this endearing term many, many years ago from an intro page of a brilliant Wayne Dyer book,You’ll See It When You Believe It. Let me quickly share it so you can soak in its full impact:
John Quincy Adams is well but the house in which he lives at the present time is becoming dilapidated. It’s tottering on its foundations. Time and the seasons have nearly destroyed it. Its roof is pretty worn out. Its walls are much shattered and tremble with every wind. I think John Quincy Adams will have to move out of it soon. But he himself is quite well, quite well. — John Quincy Adams
This short passage struck me so much, it brought tears to my eyes. But how very true it is! I may live in a house with four walls and roof, I may drive a car of metal and steel, I may work in a city with millions of people, but my true home is right here, wrapped around me. I see it in the mirror every day; it gets weathered by the sun, moved around at a whim, worked, stressed, loved, healed, and so much more – yet it stays with me no matter how healthy or unwell it gets. This body of mine is truly my home.
Care for it until you move out.
From the moment I read the John Quincy Adams passage, the way I looked at my physical body completely changed. I realized I must tend to my house with great care so it can effectively protect me from the elements and shelter me for as long as I may live. Furthermore, I must take care it in such a way so it may be strong enough to shelter others if needed. This is when I finally understood that my life choices truly (honestly! really!) make, or break, my house.
Of course, the lifestyle choices you make are just that – yours – and it is important to do what makes you happy. But I just want to gently nudge your beautiful soul now…for when you make decisions about what you put into your body, onto your body, and surround yourself with – think for a moment, how is it treating your house? Is it strengthening the roof? Reinforcing the foundations? Insulating you from harm? Or is is stripping the paint from the walls? Creating a hole in the floor? Knocking the front door down?
Doesn’t this gorgeous analogy make a big difference about how you think and subsequently treat your physical self?
The 80-20 rule.
I know it’s not possible for a majority of us to live a ‘pristine perfect’, 100% organic, non-GMO, pure water, smoke-free, stress-free, hate-free, alcohol-free existence. I myself enjoy a nice glass of Merlot or Shiraz from time to time, I don’t mind a pizza when I catch up with friends, and although fleeting – stress can and does rumble overhead in my life, too.
But the one thing I cannot (and will not) shake, is the knowing that whatever decision I make, effects my house. And its the only place I live, so I must treat it with care.
I maintain a even balance with something my husband told me about a decade ago, called the 80-20 rule: “It’s what you do 80% of the time that impacts you the most.” I’m speaking in logical generalities here, so don’t think I’m saying that doing something fatal 20% of the time will reach equilibrium if you eat organic quinoa for the 80% balance. What I mean is that it’s okay to give yourself some allowance – and dance on the edge a little – but keep the balance high in your true home‘s favour: 80% (or more) of nurturing food, water, exercise and rest.
Some people may not agree with this, but I think flexibility in your house is important. The glorious General Sherman Tree didn’t get to 84 meters tall (275 feet) and 2,500 years old by being completely rigid against the storms. Its flexibility has helped it get to where it is.
How to keep your foundations firm.
Don’t just take my word for it, go out and do your own research so you can follow what feels right to you. For those interested, here are some things I do to maintain my divine house:
- Body: Maintain a healthy alkaline-acid diet (it’s been said that illness cannot flourish in a body which is more alkaline); and drink chlorine-free, flouride-free water often (well, you know how I feel about water! If not, read this post)
- Body: Get out in nature, feel the sun, stretch and strengthen everyday!
- Mind: Meditate – as often as you can – to quiet your mind (for those thinking ‘I don’t have time for meditation‘, I want you to know that meditation is beneficial no matter how short! Yes, even if only a couple of minutes!)
- Mind: Be kind to yourself with loving & supportive affirmations (you can read more about my thoughts on affirmations here)
- Soul: Be yourself and be proud of who you truly are!
- Soul: Share your gifts and love – openly send and receive it – as much as you can, whenever you can.
Huff and puff, and blow my spiritual house down?
Do you now see where you really live? Has this post helped or hindered your ability to take care of it in anyway? How do you keep your foundations firm? I enjoy hearing comments and learning from others, so whether you agree or not, please comment below! ❤ Namaste!