The Four Fundamentals

Today I’m feeling kind of blah…But I don’t want to stay there. And the best way to turn the feeling of blah into ah – or even a moment of ah-ha – is to check on what I call the Four Fundamentals. Are you taking care of yourself mentally, emotionally, physically and spiritually?

You know you have to get out there and exercise your body if you want to feel all right. (Or at least better than just ehh…) But you also need to exercise your mind, heart and soul. Those three fundamentals also need taking care of!

I find that if I take even ten minutes in the morning to check in with my spiritual self a sense of calm pervades most of my day. Even a simple prayer when I wake up is a great way to start. You can use your own words. I just say a quick notes of thanks for being alive another day.

Then comes the mental component. You might not have time to read all of Plato’s works. But to make it easier for you, here’s a great quote so that you can feel like you have read lots of Plato: “Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a harder battle.” Isn’t that a good one? I often seem to forget that…Even those I admire and sometimes envy are also fighting their own inner battles.

Finally, the Emotional Fundamental.  What are you doing to get your needs met? You don’t have to act out to be taken care of. I find the best thing I can do is check in with myself on a regular basis and make sure I’m OK. Do I need to rest? Do I need a cold glass of water? A piece of fruit? How about walking out of the room when family members are driving me crazy?

What do you do to take care of the Four Fundamentals today? Are there any suggestions you can share?

Smoother Sailing Today!

About dianabletter

Diana Bletter is the author of several books, including The Invisible Thread: A Portrait of Jewish American Women (with photographs by Lori Grinker), shortlisted for a National Jewish Book Award. Her novel, A Remarkable Kindness, (HarperCollins) was published in 2015. She is the First Prize Winner of Moment Magazine's 2019 Fiction Contest. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Commentary, tabletmag, Glamour, The Forward, The North American Review, Times of Israel, and is a reporter for Israel21C, and many other publications. She is author of Big Up Yourself: It's About Time You Like Being You and The Mom Who Took off On Her Motorcycle, a memoir of her 10,000-mile motorcycle trip to Alaska and back to New York. She lives in a small beach village in Western Galilee, Israel, with her husband and family. She is a member of the local hevra kadisha, the burial circle, and a Muslim-Jewish-Christian-Druze women's group in the nearby town of Akko. And, she likes snowboarding and climbing trees.
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