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Living a Simpler Healthier Lifestyle!
Our intuition represents who we truly are. When we make decisions under some type of outside pressure, we quickly see that if we had taken more time—sat with it—slept on it, we would make a different decision. The difference is being in touch with our true self versus living outside ourselves—to please others or doing what we perceive is expected of us.
This month’s Inspiration article by Marlaina Donato, we learn that intuitive knowing, so often disparaged, was considered superior to knowledge by Albert Einstein. One study found that CEOs with high intuitive capacities doubled company profits within five years, and the military is now openly researching what it has termed “sensemaking.” Intuitive flashes of instant knowing come easier when we’re free of anger or fear, and they can be cultivated with meditation, creative projects, time in nature, and social media sabbaticals.
Our feature “Less Stuff, More Joy,” by Ronica O’Hara, helps us to see how the pandemic is teaching us what truly matters, how people are increasingly turning to simpler, sustainable, more conscious ways of living. That can mean everything from decluttering a room to moving to a more restful locale, from buying local vegetables to working for sustainable corporate reform. A sidebar includes checklists of minimalist, ecological and conscious living approaches and tasks.
In our Fit Body column, “Walk About,” Laura Paisley Beck explains how no exercise is simpler than walking, yet not many of us do enough of it, as the country’s ever-climbing obesity rates demonstrate. To get in the recommended 30 minutes a day, it’s useful to schedule it. Walking a dog also conditions the body, and choosing the proper shoes, perhaps flat-soled barefoot shoes, can help prevent plantar fasciitis, hammertoe and other causes of pain. Includes a sidebar on healthy walking tips.
I walk nearly every day and find it therapeutic—necessary for my mental and physical health. For me running or walking is akin meditation. I always strive to stay in the moment using mindfulness, which stops me from ruminating about the past and/or stressing about the future and helps me to find more enjoyment in each moment.
To conscious living,
Pamela Gallina, Publisher