I attended a Nutrition seminar yesterday and to end the presentation the speaker shared this quote by the Dalai Lama. I thought it was a really nice reminder to us all, to be present in the moment and the importance of making our own health a priority. So as a bit of Monday inspiration to begin your week in a healthy and energized frame of mind, I thought I’d share…
The Dalai Lama, when asked what surprised him most about humanity, answered
“Man. Because he sacrifices his health in order to make money. Then he sacrifices money to recuperate his health. And then he is so anxious about the future that he does not enjoy the present; the result being that he does not live in the present or the future; he lives as if he is never going to die, and then dies having never really lived.”
I think this quote, like most of the Dalai Lama’s quotes, definitely strikes a cord in all of us. No matter how much or how little time and energy we all spend on our health and well being, we are all guilty of not living in the present at times. Focusing more of our time on work, money and material things rather than stopping to smell the roses.
One of the fastest emerging specialties amongst health practitioners is STRESS. Yep, this is actually a field which health professionals are specialising in due to the high demand and the serious health consequences of stress. I need an entire series of blog posts to explain the health effects of stress, but some quick and scary facts from yesterday’s seminar…
- The stress hormone, cortisol is immun0-suppressive, meaning it actually weakens our immune system making us more susceptible to colds, infections, viruses and other more serious conditions.
- Stress is related to incidence of cancer, with depression putting you at higher risk of cancer than smoking! And general life stress, like family deaths, divorce, can increase your risk of breast cancer.
We all have our own stress management techniques, some of us use exercise, practice yoga, meditation, knit or even reading a book. For those who have tried yoga, it is all about ‘being present,’ so if you haven’t had a go already, it is definitely beneficial, physically and mentally. My fav local yoga studio is Power Living, an amazing team of teachers and great studio!
Don’t forget that the key to all of these techniques is simply breathing and clearing our minds of all the chatter. So by simply taking 5 slow deep breaths and clearing your mind, you can re-charge and bring yourself back into the present moment. You can easily do this at your desk or anywhere, so no excuse!
We are all faced with the pressures of work, finances and general life stresses which although we may not be able to avoid, we can control the way we react and handle them. We all need reminders like these to stop. breathe. be present.