Hello everyone! This is my introduction for you all.
What, you may ask, is wholistic living? First off, I do spell it differently, as the technical spelling is ‘holistic’. However, I come from the standpoint that life should be looked at as ‘whole’ rather than having a ‘hole’ in it. Second, wholistic is whatever you want it to be. Sure, there are some basics guidelines, but you can take them as far, or not, as you want. On to the description!
You may have heard of holistic healing. Wholistic living is kind of similar, except it’s your whole life instead of just your health. My definition for this is Finding balance through
– Reducing the amount of toxins used
Simplifying your life may seem difficult, and you know what? it’s not an easy task. It does take a lot of time, but trust me, you’ll be glad you did. I myself am in the process of simplifying my life and it’s only because I really do not have a lot of other pressing things to do. I have gone through every single piece of paper in my house and filed or recycled it, which required setting up a filing system. My finances are in fantastic shape – My husband and I are saving away for retirement, an emergency fund, the move we will be doing soon, paying off our student loans, and we have money left over. Since my husband and I have been together, we have moved five times (we’ve been together a little over three years). Each time we moved, we got rid of a lot of things we didn’t need. Frankly, I’m glad. I have reduced the amount of clothes in my closet by half, twice. Now that he’s in the military, it’s even easier to move since we only have what we need. Material things will make you happy for a little while, but if you have more than you need, it will take away from what really matters.
The amount of toxins that we use today is horrifying to me. Toxins are in the cleaners we use, our gardening supplies, our hygienic supplies, even in and on the food we eat. Toxins cause oxidation in the cells of our bodies which leads to illnesses. Those illnesses are then treated with more toxins – medication that is often unnecessary. Don’t get me wrong, medicine definitely has it’s place, I think that is often misused because of ignorance on part of the physician and the patient. Of course, we cannot control all the environmental toxins such as car exhaust or other industrious waste that we are exposed to, but isn’t that all the more reason to control what we can? The less toxins we are exposed to, the less oxidative stress our body goes through, which means that we are healthier. Being healthier means that we can do more and live longer (and theoretically happier).
Getting to know yourself involves a lot: nutrition, cycles, relationships, and spirituality, to name some of the most important. But everything can be labeled under mind (relationships, mental health), body (nutrition, cycles, how things work, exercise), and soul (namely spirituality/religion). I think that this part of wholistic living is the most important because it has to do with all of you. The other two main points are external, which absolutely affect the internal. But if your mind, body or soul is out of whack, it can impact everything on the outside. I myself am just beginning to really delve into becoming familiar with who I am. I started with nutrition and since cleaning up my diet, I have more energy, my skin is clearer, I am in much better health. Having better health has led me to start understanding the cycles that I go through – not just the monthly ones, but the yearly ones too. It is important to realize that EVERYTHING has it’s cycles, that includes you too gentlemen! I used to dread a certain time of month because of the emotional swings it would cause. Now I move through it and it is not as difficult anymore. Instead of trying to go against my cycles, I let them come and do not fight them. Things have become smoother (which resulted in me being more motivated to clean and organize! See how one part of your life affects another?) and I can handle stress a lot better. The mental part of yourself also needs to be sated. Humans are a social creature so it is important to have friends and good relationships. The mental is also very strong, it has been proven that those who are more optimistic fare better when it comes to recovery from cancer. Spirituality is also a major player. You can believe in God, or the Goddess, Gaia, or the Greek Gods for all I care, but spirituality in some form is important. That belief, that faith, is what will help you get through life.
This blog is to archive my own journey towards balance, but it is also to have information ready and available for others who are looking to find balance too. I want to emphasize that everyone is different! Therefore, what may work for me may not work for you or vice versa. My goal, then, is to put as much information on this blog as possible so you don’t have to wade through millions of sites to find what works for you. I will have different organization ideas, budgets, cleaning, food/recipes – as many options as I can muster. I want to help you find what is right for you, because only you can know what is right for you, I can only give you options.