Key 5 is about integration of the first 4 keys (good posture, effective breathing, efficient movement, and stress release and management) as a single, holistic tool to improve quality of life. We can enhance these with meditation, and bring them into everyday activities with mindfulness practices.
How to make body-mind-spirit integration and mindfulness a reality
When you make the Five Keys a part of your lifestyle realities and priorities shift, and you begin to place well-being at the forefront of your focus.
Practicing the Five Keys is an invitation to live in the true spirit of life, and includes everything life has to offer. This means making room for work, play and rest in proper proportions. Choosing a high quality of life is more than adopting an attitude that fits one’s lifestyle or aspirations, but a way of shaping one’s lifestyle. Making well-being a part of your everyday life means taking care in everything you do; how you think, eat, exercise and interact with others. Such care requires includes taking responsibility for oneself, discipline and self-motivation.
● A few focused minutes of stretching
● A brief meditation of 2 – 10 minutes, ideally in the morning
● Regular breaks and practice mobility exercises or breathing when working long hours
● Remember to breathe – always
● Remember good posture – always
Audio: 8 minute guided meditation
The Holistic Five Keys tip:
Key 5 Body-mind-spirit integration (Mindfulness)
Key 5 is end result of the preceding Keys, and the beginning of the process. It’s meditation practice is thought of as the highest aspect of yoga practice. It is a culmination of lifestyle application of all the Keys. Good posture and efficient breathing is practiced at work or at leisure, and this helps with stress release and stress management.
Lifestyle also includes diet and attitude, and a healthy approach to self-discipline and accepting self-responsibility for one’s health. These components feed back into the preceding Keys. Well-being is truly the wellness of the whole being, the holistic self, with all its aspects of work, pal, body, mind, thoughts, ideas, emotions, life history, family, creativity, and so on. All the aspects of being, body, mind, and spirit, cannot be separated.
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