Over the years I have worked as both a massage therapist, and as a chaplain. Can I just say: I love my jobs!!! Both fields are so sacred and fill my heart with a deep sense of purpose.
Massage focuses more on the physical body. The releasing of tension in the muscles. But I have come to understand how intrinsically connected the physical body and the heart are. How the mind and spirit are also involved. As my clients open up and share their stories, their struggles and their pain, something shifts in their body. Their muscles slowly begin to release and let go. Its a process. A beautiful process and it involves every part of who they are. With a little help from my fingers, they leave with less pain and more freedom to go about their everyday living.
In my chaplaincy work, I am honored to support people in very vulnerable moments of their lives. Some days its when a new baby is born into the world. Other days its through grief support. Sometimes decisions need to be made. Hard decisions. Heartbreaking decisions. My work is all about providing a safe place for people to express their pain or fears… their thoughts or expectations. They get to talk. I get to listen & hold their hand. In those sacred moments I am once again reminded of the fact that the heart, mind, body and spirit all play a part in the journey they are on. Whether they are aware of it or not, all four quotients are involved.
This is what I have come to understand through my work: To LIVE FULLY means to focus on all four aspects of what makes the WHOLE person. The emotional, mental, physical and spiritual aspects. Its being intentional about caring for each of those parts that make up the whole.
My friends often ask me: Are you well? They are not just asking about my physical body. They are asking something much deeper. Hows your heart? Hows your mind and spirit? Are you in a good place? They ask because they care about me as a whole. Not just about a part of me, but the WHOLE me!
So shouldn’t I be intentional about nurturing the whole me? Life is to short to live any other way but FULLY! Living fully means living to the deepest extent possible. Living with my whole soul. Honoring my mind, my heart, my body and my spirit. Growing those areas in my life.
Today I invite you to join me in doing something for the neglected part of your whole self. What makes your heart sing? What engages your mind? How do you care for your body? What inspires you?Find something on this list, or create your own list.
Talk a walk at sunset.
Do something you love.
Read an inspirational book.
Do a crossword puzzle.
Have coffee with a friend.
Pet your dog.
Listen to a Ted Talk.
Create something artistic.
Read the comics.
Call someone that makes you laugh.
Listen to music.
Its the little things. Those intentional moments when we take time to fill our hearts, be kind to our bodies, grow our minds, and feed our spirits that will begin to transform everyday living into extraordinary living.