There is an Indian belief that everyone is in a house of four rooms:
A physical, a mental, an emotional and a spiritual.
Most of us tend to live in one room most of the time,
but unless we go into every room every day,
even if only to keep it aired,
we are not complete.”
— Rumer Godden, English novelist
Here’s a simple way to think about the health of your body, mind, and spirit:
Some people live entirely in their bodies – they’re running around, eating right and getting plenty of exercise.
Nothing wrong with that! Unless they’re exercising compulsively and not nourishing the rest of their needs.
Or how about the people who live in their heads? They’re always thinking, doodling, plotting and planning. (I’m one of those people.)
And it can be so tempting to do just one more thing, write one more paragraph, think something else, and forgo exercise or spiritual practice.
Other people are intensely involved in their emotional life, measuring how they feel internally about everything that comes up.
That can lead to good self-awareness, but some people hop from one emotional state to another without any balance or peace of mind.
And then there are spiritual people who would prefer to meditate or pray to the exclusion of everything else.
I like that simple idea of just airing a room – making sure that you’re doing at least one small thing in each of those areas. Because it’s true – when you take care of your body, stimulate your mind, honour your emotions and feed your spiritual side, life just flows. It’s easy. Effortless. Fun. Happy.
It’s easy. Effortless. Fun. Happy.
So here are a handful of suggestions for each of those areas, in case you’ve been living in just one or two of the rooms:
Physical: Go for a walk around the neighbourhood. Put on some music and dance. Vigorously clean your house. Move! Stretch!
Mental: Do a puzzle. Learn a new word and use it in conversation. Plan a budget, a holiday, a project. Think! Create!
Emotional: Take your emotional temperature. If you don’t like what you’re feeling, choose to feel something else. Try joy, peace or curiosity. Laugh! Express!
Spiritual: Take a few minutes to be appreciative of all that you enjoy in your life. Say ‘thank you’ to whatever wisdom or fluke of DNA produced roses, puppies and penguins. Be present in the moment and appreciate what you are seeing, hearing, feeling, smelling and tasting. Connect! Appreciate!
Choosing an activity from every area, every day, is a simple and effective path to happiness.
Try it for yourself!