My husband, Bud, and I attended a funeral this morning. Bud gave one of the eulogies.
The funeral was for a man named Patrick, a former colleague of Buds’.
Don’t funerals help you to place things in perspective? Attending funerals, or celebrations of life, as they are so often referred to today, always remind me of the importance of character and values. Isn’t it our character and values that help us to navigate life’s difficulties? Integrity is a quality that keeps us thinking straight even when the going is rough and tough.
On one hand, it seemed as if Patrick had had a relatively easy life. He had a lovely wife, a successful career, and two grown sons, who made him very proud. But was it all easy? Patrick’s Mother died when he was four years old.
He had had to drop out of college because of a lack of funds. Eventually he did go back to school. He battled cancer as a younger man and after 28 healthy years he had to resume this battle. This time he lost.
Each speaker today mentioned Patrick’s integrity, his fine character. He was described, over and over, as a “good, good” person. I think his character dominated his life experience and were evident to all who came in contact with him. I am certain that it was character and values that guided him through the rough patches, he, like all of us experienced.
In our book Healing Depression the Mind-Body Way Sandra and I discuss the importance of keeping the mind-body in harmony with nature. The necessary tools for this endeavor are awareness and intentionality. We are constantly affected by the environment; by what happens to us and what goes on around us. In spite of challenges it is possible to maintain our natural internal balance.
Physiological balance allows us to think more clearly and to have happy feelings even in times of stress. Physiological balance helps us to maintain our character. No one behaves well if they feel dreadful emotionally, physically, or mentally. Balance is key for character, values and integrity.
The mind, body and spirit is one seamless energetic system and no matter where we intervene we affect the totality. Are you behaving the way you believe you ought to behave? Are you following your values and living according to your belief system? I hope you are but if you are letting yourself down how about checking into Ayurveda? This ancient system of medicine can help you to find internal balance, to feel better, and to, therefore, be who you want to be! The thing about Ayurveda that we treasure is simply this: it works! It helps us to achieve perfect health and this assists us in becoming the person we wish to be.
As always, Sandra and I send you our best wishes for perfect health and happiness!