Spiritual Solutions #3: Listen to Your Body
Deepak: By listening to your body and responding to it with awareness, you tap into the field of infinite possibility, where the natural experience is peace, harmony, and joy.
Your first and most reliable guide to happiness is your body. The body is designed to support the mind, and working together they create the state known as happiness. When you’re deciding whether or not to act, ask your body, “How do you feel about this?” If your body sends back a signal of physical or emotional distress, reconsider the action. If your body sends a signal of comfort and eagerness, proceed. Together, mind and body form a single field. It is artificial to separate them as we usually do. Every experience has a physical component…. You cannot have a single thought, sensation, or feeling without your body responding.
—The Ultimate Happiness Prescription, by Deepak Chopra
Annie: Healing the natural world around you offers a life of transformation and renewal in many more ways than just having a healthier body. The healing works deeply for body, mind, and spirit. You feel fully at home.
Our sixth sense, or intuition, is keenly aware of when we are in balance with our surroundings. We know when we are breathing wonderfully clean air, when we drink water that is as sweet as sugar, and when our surroundings feel healing. We know deep down inside what feels right and true—something sings inside of us.
It is your intuitive weathervane that will help you understand how to heal your environment. Even as you learn and research the chemical basis of materials, your intuition is your everyday guide.
Over time, I’ve realized that there are always markers present in a polluted environment and home. Your senses will react—you hear something different, you smell an off-putting odor, you taste metal in your mouth, or you’re repelled by what you touch. Conversely, your spirits are lifted when sixth sense recognizes clean air, beautiful aromas, and harmonious sounds.
By Annie B. Bond, the best-selling and award-winning author of five healthy/green living books, including Better Basics for the Home (Three Rivers Press, 1999), Home Enlightenment, Clean & Green (1990), and most recently True Food (National Geographic, 2010 and winner of Gourmand Awards Best Health and Nutrition Cookbook in the World). She has authored literally thousands of articles and was named “the foremost expert on green living” by Body & Soul magazine (2009).