Wellness of Mind, Body and Spirit

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As I type this, I am sick with my 4th cold in 3 months. I really have no concrete explanation, only a few guesses - the kids are in daycare and they bring me every germ known to man, I am not taking enough vitamin C, my stress level is too high, I need to use the hand sanitizer as often as I use my cellphone, although I practically live on vegetables, I am STILL not eating the right mix of foods, and of course, I can blame it on the Orlando weather, which is 79 one day and 48 the next.  My husband sat next to me in my misery and suggested positive affirmations reminiscent of The Game of Life and How to Play it. "Say to yourself, I am fine," he tells me. No, I am NOT fine, my body is aching; I haven't been fine for weeks!  To preserve our marital bliss, I proclaimed "I am fine and this will pass in a day." Thyroid goiter, hyperglycemia, constant colds; I am overwhelmed. Maybe, if I get my mind and spirit in a good place, my body will follow.  Kids don't understand that mommy is under the weather, so I better find the balance to turn this struggling caterpillar into a butterfly for myself and for them.
The body, the mind and the soul all wants to be well, we just need to get out of our own way. Every day is a new day to start on the journey to complete wellness. If you have already started, build upon what you have accomplished. To get inspired, I turned to Dr. Zimmerman, who inspires me each week with his uplifting Tuesday tips. I am sharing his wonderful definition of Wellness
Wellness Is…
knowing what your real needs are and
   how to get them met;
expressing emotions in ways that
   communicate what you are
   experiencing to other people;
acting assertively, and not passively or
   aggressively;
enjoying your body by means of
   adequate nutrition, exercise and
   physical awareness;
being engaged in projects that are
   meaningful to you and reflect your
   most important inner values;
knowing how to create and cultivate
   close relationships with others;
responding to challenges in live as
   opportunities to grow in strength and
   maturity, rather than feeling beset by
   “problems”‘
creating the life you really want, rather
   just reacting to what “seems to
   happen”;
relating to troublesome physical
   symptoms in ways that improve your
   condition and increase your
   knowledge about yourself;
enjoying a basic sense of well-being,
   even through times of adversity;
knowing your own inner patterns -
   emotional and physical – and
   understanding “signals” your body
   gives you;
trusting that your own personal
   resources are your greatest strength
   for living and growing;
experiencing yourself as a Wonderful
   Person.
Pure Poetry!  This year, I am working on acting assertively, enjoying my body by means of exercise, being engaged only in things that are meaningful to me, and for today - relating to troublesome physical symptoms in ways that improves my condition and increases my knowledge about myself.  Are you on a journey to wellness? Share your story.