As I sit here writing this on a Sunday evening, after an eventful weekend that has left my mind permeated with ten million thoughts, I have made a decision to finally focus on my wellness and peace of mind. It can be incredibly difficult to ‘zone out’ in the era of technology, with our laptops illuminating the darkness of our nights, our mobile phones violating the purity of our silences, and the way that there is always something to distract our minds from living in the ‘here and now’. Now don’t get me wrong, I am no peace preacher, I have no claim to the coveted secret of living in the moment nor do I know anything about inner stillness. I am just recognising that there must be more to life than the constant buzz of my relentless ‘brain noise’, and the fogginess I feel trapped in when I try to take one millisecond to clear my mind of all thoughts.
There are many people who believe that they can achieve inner peace, inner stillness, a fully cleared mind – simply by practicing meditation. Now, I say simply, however this is not so simple. In-fact the few times I’ve attempted it have resulted in frustrated exhalations as I try desperately to clear my mind and become upset at the fact I can’t clear my mind as I’m too worried about not being able to clear my mind. You are effectively attempting to induce a mode of consciousness, whilst not being conscious of anything extraneous. It is extremely difficult. Especially as these days it can feel like the worries of the world lay solely on your shoulders, as our employers want us to work harder – work longer hours, our loved ones want more of our attention – depending on us, the media throw us a constant barrage of negativity and scare mongering in order to keep us ever vigilant of the supposed terrors of this earth.
The World Health Organisation describes Wellness as “an active process of becoming aware of and making choices towards a healthy and fulfilling life. It is a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being.” Now I don’t know about you, but that sounds pretty appealing. It is for this reason that I have created this blog, not to preach, not to dictate, and not to act like I have all of the answers, but rather to share with you my journey, through the pits and the peaks, as I attempt to achieve ‘wellness’. A part of me thinks that documenting this will be thereaputic if nothing else, and if I manage to achieve and maintain a healthy and fulfilling lifestyle, well that is an added bonus!
In this blog I will be covering a range of topics, focusing on the Mind, the Body, and the Soul. Don’t worry, it won’t be a healy-feely ‘let’s hold hands and dance in the rain together whilst smeared in the soil of an 8000 year old crop field’ type of thing, there will be some skepticism, some humour and some fun. My promise to you, the reader, is to always be honest and open – there will no doubt be a lot of embarrassing things I end up sharing with you! There will be times I doubt myself, and doubt the journey I have embarked on.
But hey, life is there to be lived, let’s do it together.
Peace and love!