are some highly effective ways to bring emotional
and spiritual balance to your life:
good food and the rituals surrounding it
emotional aspect of food has always been a point
to be celebrated in Mediterranean and Asian cultures.
Traditionally meal times have been cherishedand
the enjoyment of the food seen as paramount. In
Italy, for example, they use the term "Mangia!"
which means "to eat." But according
to Italian-American food writer Anthony Del Plato
it means much more than that; to Italians Mangia
means "eat and enjoy this food, relish all
food, taste as much as you can, eat up life, eat
and be well!"
same fundamental philosophy is shared throughout
the Mediterranean region and equally so in Asia,
where enjoyment of food has always been regarded
as a deep-rooted part of the emotions and meal
times are considered a blissful ritual.
a more relaxed and optimistic attitude towards
lots of delicious food throughout the day is great
for improving your emotional wellbeing; but there's
a lot more to life than just meal times. So, how
do you go about looking after your emotional wellbeing
at other times of the day?
we can learn a great deal from the traditional
cultures of the Mediterranean and Asia. A common
trait throughout these cultures is that people
generally have a more relaxed and laid-back attitude
towards life. Simple celebrations of daily life
are also common. And there's a general acceptance
that life is fleeting and that time, as well as
loved ones and friends, are precious commodities
that can't be taken for granted.
highly effective way to bring emotional balance
to your life is by pursuing the things in life
you feel truly passionate about.
easy in life to sometimes feel like you're adrift
on a huge ocean with no compass; but having a
passion helps give you direction and brings more
meaning to your life.
identify what your true passions are in life,
simply follow your heart and really explore what
fulfills and excites you. You might have a passion
for writing, cooking, decorating, animals, computers,
helping others, sport, mathematics, teaching,
crafts, music or art. Whatever your passions are,
be proactive and pursue them with vigor.
aside time each day to recharge your batteries
as you need to sleep each day to be physically
recharged, you also need time each day to de-stress,
and recharge your emotional and spiritual energy.
centuries Mediterranean and Asian peoples have
made a point of setting aside special time to
relax and rejuvenate their minds and bodies: the
afternoon siesta in Italy, Spain and Greece, and
meditation, yoga and Tai Chi in Asia are some
good examples. But emotional relaxation can also
be as simple as sitting in the garden admiring
the beauty of nature, or relaxing in a hot bubble
bath with candles and incense burning.
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