I have a confession.
I love morning routine videos and self help books. If there is anything claiming to have all manner of useful self care and nourishing habits then I am in!
Recently I was watching a morning routine and she said the person’s morning routine she was trying was arguable the healthiest man alive.
Oh now I am very in!!!
So I popped over to his video and honestly I didn’t last 3 minutes. I marvelled at what we consider “healthiest.”
Everything about him was being measured. He wore multiple devices, got on a scale first thing that read out several things, and is apparently being followed by some 30 physicians.
There was no real foods; only powders. He went from one building to another to work out. He went to bed so early that even the most tame celebration with community would be missed.
And it got me thinking about what we use to measure how healthy we are. What are the reliable metrics? Is it just numbers on a scale and a blood test?
What if they were these:
Now these are all great and beautiful, but, there are also immediately some very irritating implications:
The great news is that we are in fact ecosystems, not merely responding to stimulus, but where all the beautiful parts are striving and collaborating to bring us to equilibrium and alignment. Even small gentle acts can have a huge positive effect.
Nothing needs to be completely solved. Instead of berating ourselves to find the discipline to follow the exact formula all the time, we can cultivate the practice of being present with ourselves instead. We can gently access supports, connects, rituals, habits, etc as we are called to them and as we need them for our own unique needs.
My wish for you is this more gentle sense of health – connected to all the rest of us.