1. Your biography becomes your biology.
There's a book written by doctor & intuitive Caroline Myss called "The Anatomy of the Spirit." It was recommended to me by my old yoga instructor in Kahala, Hawai'i. Dr. Myss's work teaches us that every illness is correlated to our emotional and psychological stresses, beliefs, and attitudes. Heartbreak, stressful work conditions, toxic people, insecurities within the self... It's almost obvious isn't it? The way we go about our life & experiences become us on a biological level. You know what I mean, how do you feel after a week in the sun on a beautiful beach, eating well, being with friends, laughing, smiling? vs. Mid-week at the office after sitting, stressing, debating, arguing... Personally, I didn't realize you could live a life without constant stress & pressure but it is possible. Stress, worry, and disharmony is debilitating & will effect you on a molecular level. Take care of that heartbreak, relationship, inner peace, emotional & psychological health.
2. Unwanted rest will put you to the test.
I'm someone that is always on the move. I thrive when I'm producing, creating, connecting, seeing, tasting, experience, stimulating. Life is short & there's a big beautiful world to see, approximately 7 billion people to meet, and all of it makes me fall in love with life over and over again. But, more recently, I had a traumatic head injury that made me disconnect from anything stimulating - meaning, laying in a dark room for about 12 days with nothing but the inside of my eyelids to stare at. At first, I was angry, frustrated, restless, stressed that my life and all things I had in motion were falling apart. I just wanted to go for a run and pump fresh air through my lungs. On day 18, I could feel my body, weak, tired & creative momentum come to a standstill. I was involuntarily forced to be still, to be silent... It was a major wake up call, I took my mental and physical health for granted. I laid there thinking, "I never want this to happen to me again." Health is wealth and I've said it before, we need to slow down to catch up. I realized I'd been on the move for 365 days, surfing, working, exploring, traveling, creating, writing - how lucky to be able to do what you love and want when in actuality it can be taken away in a second. Looking back, I've probably taken 6 days out of 365 to truly allow my mind and body do absolutely nothing. I suppose a concussion might've been a bit karmic since something as simple as an idea caused headaches. I had to adapt & learn to meditate in a new way. Unwanted rest will definitely put your mind to the test.
3. Less is always more.
We humans love to relate our inner thoughts, experiences, and longings to exterior things. We're so fucking nuts, we'll sometimes project all of our problems on a person, spouse, or inanimate object that seems to make us feel better. Truth is, no one or thing is going to bring you peace. If you find yourself indulging in retail therapy, stocking your shelves with more clutter or clothes or shitty food - you may want to look deep inside and see what's missing, what's starving? People hang onto their things like they hang onto problems they don't want to face. Start by downsizing your "things", dramas, and bullshit... Let me know how it goes.
4. Question it and question it again.
Feelings. They are a mother f*cker that's for sure. But, there's a reason why you think and feel the way you do. Question it. Question not only the what but the why... If you can learn to flip every rock upside down and confront what's underneath it, what caused it, and how you can embrace it... You will learn to love the questions. Be patient toward everything unsolved, live the questions and don't be afraid to go seek answers.