Your Sixth Pillar ~ Support and Spiritual Practice
If you have ever looked into blue zones, those places in the world where people are more likely to live over 100, you will be aware of the many theories that scientists have for why those people live so long.
In a recent global study of these regions, there is finally a consensus on what is making these people so healthy and have such longevity.
Although they eat well in different ways, they are fit, and they spend a lot of time outside, the one thing that they all do is they have good social connections and support. They share meals – healthy or not. They connect and talk to each other and collaborate in meaningful ways at any time of day.
Who would have guessed?
If you have a chronic illness, or if you just want to live a long time, connection is the world champion for better health outcomes and longer lives.
Being met in the places where you are physiologically, mentally, emotionally, or perhaps even energetically is one of the hardest things any of us will ever do. It takes a combination of courage and vulnerability to ask other people to support you while you work out your past and arrive in your life in a more conscious and committed way.
As a clinician who works with complex conditions, I have become aware that I often meet people when they are facing the hardest time in their lives.
Spirituality is a very personal part of life.
So is suffering from life-altering symptoms that affect you every day. Most Spiritual traditions encourage some form of regular practice. Meditation, Yoga, and Qi Gong are taught in every city in the world because it is an instinct to soothe yourself and reflect on your experiences. If your life is more of a challenge than an adventure, if you need support and solace, find a daily practice.
I will be sharing more about Qi Gong and meditation soon.
As a clinician, and as a patient, I am also excited to be a part of the integration of psychedelic compounds and entheogenic plants into the treatment of PTSD, Addiction, and Depression. Almost all of these substances are known because of their use in the oldest Spiritual traditions in the world.
If you are a person who relies on prayer, then make every step a prayer!
If you think all of this spiritual stuff is full of crap, focus on gratitude.
We can all find something to be grateful for.
Support and Spirituality ~ Four Phases at a Glance
How are Your Six Pillars?
I hope that introduction to your Six Pillars gives you a place to start. The next time you need to improve your health or prepare for a competition, sit down and design a Six Pillar Protocol for yourself.
- What would the best (and most enjoyable) diet need to be to keep you moving forward?
- Which systems and organs that make up your metabolism need the most time and attention to come back into balance?
- What kind of fitness challenge or how long of an exercise break do you need right now?
- Have you ever committed a few weeks to a mindfulness practice and how can you improve your mindset?
- If you are taking a handful of supplements every day, are you sure that they are optimized for your health and your goals?
- Do you have the support you need from those around you and the authentic Being within you?
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