Environment. That is the surroundings we choose to place ourselves in. (Yes, we do get to choose!)
So, how much of your environment is created consciously and how much of it fills you with glee?
Ideally the answer to both of the above should be "all of it", but my guess is that in more than a few ways it may very well not be? If this is the case, don't fret, it's 'normal'. But the purpose of this post today is to bring home to you two things:
1) Why you should only ever make your environment "a ten"
2) How you can do that
To begin this foray into all things environmental, for today and for the purpose of this post, we're going to bring the subject very close to home. So close in fact that we're going to start with the internal and then, in the next post, extend just beyond that to our immediate everyday surroundings.
Your Internal Environment
Are you yet at the place where you really get that your 'inner terrain' doesn't just shape your level of health but also your ability to think clearly, remain calm and balanced, and access new levels of awareness and understanding? Do you get that your body houses your spirit and therefore is the most special and sacred place in your own personal world? If so, then you'll appreciate that every little thing you do (or don't) put into your body serves to support or deny that experience.
What this essentially means is that the cleanliness of and the resultant energy emanating from your inner environment is critical for so many other reasons than the obvious. At the deepest level, the situation we truly have here is that you are what you eat in so many more ways than the physical. Garbage in, garbage out - and vice versa. And beyond that, if we are really getting to the bottom line (as I usually do) then we really have to ask the question: Is your inner terrain fit to house, honour and support your spirit - your true, magical and soulful magnificence?
Indeed, the significance of these considerations becomes more and more apparent the further we go on the raw food journey - which is part of what makes it so exciting. We become more sensitive to these facts, more aware of every little nuance and quite soon we notice that any cooked meal brings with it what has fondly come to be known as a 'cooked foodover' - that numb, slightly dumbed-down feeling that comes when the body has had too much of a bad thing. Scary, I know, but true nonetheless. Perhaps you have felt it already?
So, with this awareness, what's the advice du jour? Essentially, if the above makes sense intellectually but not yet experientially, then please bear with me. Trust that when you give your body the right ingredients (specifics in a moment) then your internal environment cannot fail but to change and reflect that, and consequently so will the rest of your life too.
A dramatic overstatement? Actually, no. Because the cleanliness of your blood and all of your bodily systems affects your brain, which affects your thoughts, which affects your emotional state, which, providing you can allow yourself to get peaceful allows 'other stuff' to permeate (for me this 'other stuff' is why I choose raw much of the time). All 3 combined affect your actions, which, of course affects your experience of life. Genius!
And the vital ingredients are:
- Pure, organic, fresh, ripe, whole, raw/live foods
- Pure water
- Oxygen (raw foods are the only foods that contain oxygen, especially the live ones such as sprouts, grasses and greens )
- Adequate exercise (the one most of us know and then ignore)
- Adequate rest and relaxation (including sleep)
- Positive thinking/feeling (the mastery of this may take time, but is so worth the effort!)
- Positive stimuli from external sources
So what's all this stuff about "why you should make it a ten"?
In all my coaching work, my criteria for myself and for my clients is that we only pursue 10's. A ten = a 10/10 - i.e. only the best. When we settle for less, that's what we get. So we shoot for the 10 right away, because we all deserve 10's. Similarly, with your inner environment, for all of the reasons outlined here and more (there's only so much one blog entry can cover after all), by making your inner terrain a 10, you are putting yourself on the fast-track to a life many times better than the one you are currently experiencing. Why? Re-read the above and the answer is right there.
As for how you can do that, take action on all of the above points in green and you really cannot go far wrong. Of course there are always little extras you can add in to your equation, but for the most part, there it is. Part of your journey may be cleansing as well as rebuilding. In fact, very few of us can skip the cleansing stage, but by implementing all of the above you'll be kick-starting a cleansing of sorts, enough to give you a sense of what can happen, and there it's up to you as to whether you choose to go 'all the way' and give your cells a deep-pile clean!
Exciting stuff eh? Well, my experience has shown that the theory is one thing, the experience another and therein lies the issue with trying to explain these things! 14 years ago when I thought I looked and felt "healthy", I had nothing to compare it to. Only 1 year later after moving through vegetarianism, veganism and into high raw, for the first time in my life I felt like I had a handle on what "healthy" truly looked and felt like. And the journey continues!
Never think you have it sussed ; )
So, with the importance of upgrading you inner terrain explained, let's move on to External Environment, coming next.