Honor Your Environment and Your Body
Your body is an extension of your environment. Honoring both is a perfect way to balance your life. If you think of your body as a means to access the world, then taking care of it is of utmost importance. If you think of your environment as a means to protect and nurture your body, then tending to it also becomes important.
It is through your body that you experience sight, sound, touch, taste and smell. Your body is made up of countless complex systems that collaborate to enable you to move, be still, to laugh, cry, and to experience pain and pleasure. Honor your environment and your body by treating them with respect and awe.
Sauca, is the first of five Nyamas, or "observances." It is a spiritual practice to experience higher consciousness. At the most basic level, sauca addresses the need to avoid illness through cleanliness. The practice of sauca may include fasting and eating healthy foods. On a physical level, sauca increases vitality and longevity.
Sauca in the environment relaxes yet energizes the mind and body. When we know our environment is clean and orderly, we can focus on the present moment and engage with life as it unfolds. It creates an felling of expansiveness and energetically clears our path for growth.
On a deeper level, sauca purifies the mind through self exploration. It is a mental landscape of our attachments, fears and need to constantly judge self and others. With the process of sauca, we heat up our consciousness and work to release what no longer serves us. Then, we can turn our mind and heart to what is good. Our focus shifts to what is positive and as a result our life changes for the better.
Simple Ways to Honor Your Environment:
- Assess your environment on a weekly basis for any extras things that you really don't need and remove them.
- Spruce up your walls, floors and furnishings. Move things around to create a new look and feel, especially when seasons change.
- Create focal points with interesting artwork, books or sculpture.
- Infuse natural scents and soothing sounds.
- Less is more when decorating, so be mindful of what you choose to place in your rooms.
- Create an inviting look from the outdoors to draw the positive energy inside.
Simple Ways to Honor Your Body:
- Commit to exercise
- Eat healthy
- Love yourself
- Embrace challenges
- Live mindfully
- Be present
- Sing or chant on a daily basis
Living in an embodied state means to honor the your house; the one that houses your body and the one that houses your soul. Cultivating a practice of "sauca" for your inner and outer landscape will benefit your life. Keep the practice up on a daily basis and notice how your environment and your "true self" will shine like a precious gem.
Mary Jane Kasliner
Feng Shui Yoga Girl