by Janet Ireton
This is a topic which has spawned countless publications and produced innumerable programmes on our televisions.
I want to share with you what works for me.
From the age of twelve weeks, my son began to sleep for seven hours a night. Ever since then if I have seven hours of sleep I consider that I’ve had a good night’s sleep –eight hours is better and nine hours is great. The health benefits of a good night’s sleep have recently been documented. And of course Shakespeare called sleep the “Chief nourisher in Life’s feast.” Who am I to argue with the great Bard!
Although I’m an avid spectator of sport rather than an active participant, nevertheless I do my bit! Walking is one of my favourite daily exercises. A mere ten minute daily walk, outdoors, weather permitting, is beneficial. I aim to walk for twenty minutes three days a week, sometimes perhaps thirty minutes and I can honestly say that I feel so much better after this exercise with the added bonus of a better night’s sleep.
Mens sana in corpore sano – a healthy mind in a healthy body. I subscribe to that maxim. I try to eat more fruit and vegetables and cut back on my sugar intake. However I also believe that a little of what you fancy does no harm!
I believe daily meditation helps to reduce stress, aids relaxation, facilitates a good night’s sleep and makes one more aware. Joining a like-minded group is more powerful too. To me, meditation is ‘Prayer of the Heart’.
Having experienced, first hand, the power of prayer – requests granted, prayers answered – I truly believe that prayer can move mountains and lead to serenity.
My family and friends are a huge support network. I always feel more cheerful after meeting any of them. I try to befriend myself also, to appreciate my successes and learn from my failures.
- Helping others/asking for help;
I try to help others where possible and if I need medical or practical help I will ask for it. I believe in the saying, ‘Ask advice of every wise person you know.’ There are many wise people, especially among the elderly who have gained the wisdom of years. Their wisdom is worth hearing.
I enjoy hobbies and activities which absorb my attention. When I play cards or write my mind is fully focussed on those activities. Likewise, if I make a loaf of bread and omit to add a raising agent the bread won’t rise. Baking requires my undivided attention.
Gratitude leads to harmony. I keep a ‘gratitude journal’ in which, at the end of each day, I record five things for which I am grateful.
- The Present Moment;
Knowing that today and the present moment is the important time I try to appreciate it and to live it fully, to the best of my ability.
These are some of my ideas about creating balance and harmony in my life.
What are yours?