I recently caught up with a friend of mine who had been to my “All Your Marbles” talk. She said that the one thing that had resonated loudest for her was the acronym N.A.M.E that I use to remind people of the four key areas they need to include on a daily basis to help keep their minds fit.
N. for Nutrition
A. for Attitude and Stress Reduction
M. for Mental training
E. for Exercise.
Everyday she now gets up a little bit earlier, goes for a swim, meditates and is mindful of her diet. She also decided that in order to be able to keep to this regime she would need to shift her starting time for work to 10am instead of 9am.
This is a fantastic routine and I congratulated her for not only initiating it but also sticking with it.
Then she said she follows through at the end of the day by asking herself three questions. And these just blew me away.
She asks herself,
“What I have done today to nourish my body?”
“What have I done today to nourish my mind?”
“What have I done today to nourish my soul?”
Wow! This is taking the meaning of nutrition to a whole new level.
She has embraced the total concept and taken it on board.
I was speechless (for once) and was immensely grateful to her for sharing this with me and it made me realise how absolutely right she is.
Nutrition feeds our body and our mind and our soul. We just often forget that the food we eat has a far great impact on us than just supplying us with the necessary nutrients to keep our bodies working well. And how often to we remember to take the time to nourish our minds and souls with those thoughts and activities that can make a difference to our happiness, our sense of enjoyment and achievement in our lives.
So, I now intend to remember myself to ask those questions at the end of the day.
What are you doing each day to ensure you have complete nutrition?
Are there other areas in your life that need feeding up?
Have you been doing enough things just for fun or pure pleasure?
Have you got enough laughter in your life?
Are you spending enough time with the people that mean the most to you?
Are you giving to others that they may enjoy more in their own lives?
My friend is right. We need to ensure we have complete nutrition for Body, Mind and Soul