Practicing rituals for a better well-being

Ask L.K. – Because life can get a little messy

By L.K. ELLIOTT, Connect Columnist

DEAR L.K. – Could you give me some insight into how I can reach my goal of obtaining a better body-mind-spirit? I am often asked by others for life advice, but can’t share because I don’t feel I’m where I truly want to be emotionally. I want to get on the right track, so I can become an inspiration to myself, and others as well.                                        -Gun-Shy Guru

DEAR GUN-SHY GURU:

I’m happy to give you tips on how to improve your body-mind-spirit balance, but first I want to assure you that if people are coming up to you for life advice, that must be some indication that you’re already being considered a leader just as you are. When we feel that intuitive call to help someone, it’s common to reflect and analyze all the reasons why you’re not good enough to lead.

We doubt that we are in a position to help. We believe we need to be perfect, enlightened or special to be in such a leadership role. But the truth is, you don’t. You just need to be authentic and have an insightful story to share.
The fact that you are still learning as you go makes you relatable to people trying to improve their own lives. It is your imperfections, life lessons and stories and will help and heal the people you choose to share with.

So try not to get too hung up on “being on the right track” because you’re already on it sister! You have a desire to help, a positive attitude, and all the tools you’ve built thus far in your transformational journey, and that’s a great starting point to share your light.

That being said, life is about constant evolution, so it is good to continue to want to learn and grow. Our well-being is like a garden, so the more attention you invest in it, the better it will grow.

That being said, life is about constant evolution, so it is good to continue to want to learn and grow. Our well-being is like a garden, so the more attention you invest in it, the better it will grow. Take time each day to nurture your physical, mental and emotional well-being with the following rituals:

Physical: exercise, a healthy diet including green vegetables, juicing fruits and vegetables
Mental: writing, reading, choosing positive thoughts, mindful eating, forgiveness of yourself and others
Spiritual: meditation, practicing constant gratitude, affirmations, breathing techniques
All in one: yoga, tai chi and martial arts

Just as it takes time to build physical strength, it will take a consistent effort to see mental and spiritual strength increase. Pick one thing each day to strengthen each of your body-mind-spirit connections, and be sure it’s something that is enjoyable for you. If you are new to meditation, start with a guided meditation online that will guide you through a relaxation session. If you’re new to exercise, try a fun fitness class or sport you enjoyed as a child.

Putting a priority on your own well-being will pay enormous emotional dividends, not only for you, but for all the people involved in your life.

Sincerely, L.K.

L.K. Elliott is a local fitness guru turned self-help author, who sees the potential for personal growth in everyone, and brings that relentless optimism into the lives of Wood Buffalo residents. Have a question, direct them to L.K. on social media at Instagram: @lk.elliott and Twitter: @lkelliott_

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