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Nurturing the Garden of Mind-Body-Life

Updated: Dec 19, 2023




In an era where fitness often stands alone, disjointed from the intricate tapestry of our lives, it's time to redefine our perspective from the ground up.   As important as exercise is, fitness alone will never address the entirety of who we are until we nest it in a larger context.


So as we head into the New Year, I'd like to offer this:  Rather than viewing exercise as a solitary destination, imagine embarking on a fitness journey that mirrors the lush complexity of a garden. 


Here, the richest soil isn't found in weights or treadmills or perfect routines; it's your mind. 


From this most sacred of depths we can build upwards, creating a layered approach to a flourishing life.


The Foundation: Mindfulness and Mindset


Before we even touch our bodies, we delve into the profound layers of our minds. Growing an awareness of ourselves (mindfulness) becomes the rich soil where curiosity about ourselves and our lives (mindset) takes root.  As this unseen, mineral layer of ourselves is nurtured we foster a fertile ground for growth. 


Roots in the Soil: The Nervous System


Moving outward into our bodies, we encounter the intricate network of the nervous system—a wondrous realm where our thoughts transmute into physical actions. Here, as well, we start noticing our patterns, both mental and physical. Mindfulness becomes our tool to discern which patterns serve our growth and which hinder our progress.


Growth: Moving the Body and Mind 


As we mindfully move our bodies, a beautiful symbiosis begins. Our actions impact our bodies, clearing the clutter in our minds. It's a virtuous cycle, a dance, with each influencing the other positively.  And yet as with all processes we inevitably will run into difficulties internally and externally.  Our self-cognizant foundation of mindfulness and mindset will enable us to process these difficulties and transmute hardship into stimulus for positive change.


Fruits of Our Garden


Just as plants grow from the enriched soil, our capacity for being in the world flourishes. Our fitness journey isn't just about physical transformation; it's about cultivating a life that aligns with our deepest values and aspirations.

In the garden of our mind and body, let's embrace a holistic approach to fitness. As we tend to the roots of mindfulness and mindset, we unlock the potential for a life that grows, flourishes, and bears the sweet fruits of our intentional efforts.

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