Meditation, Wisdom, and Cheese

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, Meditation, Wisdom, and Cheese, Dr. Nicolle

Hello and welcome to Motivation and Mindset Mondays! Today, let’s talk about meditation, wisdom, and cheese. Cheese?!? I know you’re thinking… what does cheese have to do with meditation? Just wait a sec… hear me out…

 

Everyone knows that cheese goes well with wine, but you can also make it a partner in your meditation practice. If you look at dairy products more closely, you will realize that there’s a lot that they can teach us.

 

Find a quiet place where you can sit for at least five minutes. Get into a comfortable position on the floor or in a chair. Check your posture to see that your back is straight. Let distracting thoughts go as you focus on your breath. Turn your attention inward.

, Meditation, Wisdom, and Cheese, Dr. Nicolle

Meditating on Cheese and Age

Some experts believe that careful aging enhances the flavor and texture of cheese. Anyone would agree that you have to take care of your Gouda to keep mold from growing on it.

 

Consider what you need to do to get better as you age.

 

1. Picture your ideal age. Look back to a time when you felt content and accomplished. You may remember your high school years or the birth of your first child.

 

2. Clarify the relevant qualities. Analyze the experience to find the elements that matter most to you. It may illuminate your love for learning or the value that you place on family.

 

3. Plan to recapture those feelings. Figure out how you can incorporate those factors into your current activities. Consider signing up for adult education courses or getting together for family dinners once a week.

 

4. Look ahead. Give yourself something to look forward to. Set a goal and a timeline. You may want to learn a new language or remodel your home.

 

Meditating on Cheese and Moderation

Lasagna tastes delicious because of all the cheese. While it’s fun for an occasional meal, a steady diet of whole fat mozzarella and ricotta would show up as bad news on your bathroom scale.

 

Figure out how to enjoy life in moderation.

 

1. Review your routine. Take an inventory of your typical activities. Ask yourself if you feel good about your lifestyle or if there are habits you want to change.

 

2. Focus on one area. Start with a single area. Pick something that is foremost in your mind, such as your health or budget.

 

3. Promote balance. Develop one specific goal that you can measure. You may decide to save money by eating more meals at home or you may want to visit the gym at least three times a week.

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Meditating on Cheese and Smiling

Photographers ask us to say cheese before snapping a photo. Ponder how to put a big, genuine smile on your face and keep it there for most of the day.

 

1. Remember your blessings. List all the things that you have to be grateful for. It could be as small as a hot cup of coffee or as big as your life.

 

2. Appreciate your smile. Notice how smiling instantly lifts your spirits. Savor the feeling.

 

3. Develop a reminder. Distractions and irritations are bound to arise when you get up and go about your business. Come up with something that will serve as a reminder to smile. It could be a Muppets song or a funny cat video.

 

4. Set goals. Some studies show that children smile as much as 400 times per day, but most adults grin as little as 20 times or less. Even if you aim for just two smiles every waking hour, you’ll get dramatic results.

 

Whether you prefer camembert or cheddar, thinking about cheese is almost as good as eating it. Take time out of your busy life to pay attention to your thoughts. You’ll feel happier and more at peace.

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, Meditation, Wisdom, and Cheese, Dr. Nicolle

 

I really wanted to talk about this topic today because I wanted to share some lifestyle-based strategies to improve your overall mindset and mental health, which in turn improves your life. You must do the internal work to improve your overall health. You can do this by learning what motivates you and working each day on improving your mindset. Your thoughts control your feelings, which controls your behavior. You can cultivate certain behaviors and practices that will not only enrich your life, but that you can pass on to your family, friends, and community, so that you can leave a legacy of health to your loved ones.

 

If you are familiar with my approach, I use lifestyle medicine as the first line of treatment, before medications, to treat lifestyle-related chronic diseases. Lifestyle-related chronic diseases include diabetes, hypertension, obesity, some cancers, just to name a few. Lifestyle modifications, such as stress reduction and mindfulness exercises, can help you feel better about yourself and your life. In certain cases, these approaches may even outperform pharmaceutical therapy.

 

Tools For Motivation And Mindset

Meditating

Although you don’t need a cushion to meditate, you may want to consider using one at some point.  You could meditate in a chair, or simply sit on the floor if you want. You can also use pillows or cushions from your furnishings to try out. Cushion, chair, bench, floor – it’s all good. Eventually, though, if you’re not sitting upright on a chair, you’ll probably do well to buy a dedicated meditation cushion. The cushion will support your sitting posture and help you create an appealing mindfulness corner that will encourage you to practice every day. I recommend this meditation cushion and mat bundle.

 

Journaling

If you struggle with stress, depression, or anxiety, keeping a journal can be a great idea. Even if you don’t have these conditions, journaling can enhance your life in many ways. Having difficulty processing your thoughts and emotions? Journaling can help clear that mental clutter and move towards a positive mindset. Research suggests that keeping a journal can have positive impacts on both mental and physical health. So, to start you on your journey, I recommend this self care journal.

 

Remember, living a healthy lifestyle including eating a whole foods plant-based diet, regular physical activity, meditation and mindfulness, as well as healthy and supportive relationships are the best ways to support mental health. Please talk with your doctor about any complementary health approaches, including supplements, you use. Let me know what you think in the comment section below.

 

Stay healthy,

 

Dr. Nicolle

 

PS. I am always asked what tools and resources I recommend to help you reach YOUR health goals. Here is the ever-growing, always updated list for you.

 

PPS. If you or someone you know is experiencing severe stress, anxiety, depression and/or other mental health issues, please contact SAMHSA’s National Helpline1-800-662-HELP (4357), (also known as the Treatment Referral Routing Service) or TTY: 1-800-487-4889. This is a confidential, free, 24-hour-a-day, 365-day-a-year, information service, in English and Spanish, for individuals and family members facing mental and/or substance use disorders. This service provides referrals to local treatment facilities, support groups, and community-based organizations. Callers can also order free publications and other information.

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