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Redefining Normal: How to Relax into Wellness

"In Bloom" - Photo by Marg Herder“How beautiful it is to do nothing, and then to rest afterward.” — Spanish Proverb

“Stop being who you were and change into who you are.” —Paulo Coelho

Years ago, I read a passage by Eckhart Tolle talking about the emotional pain-body. He says that if we are accustomed to the negative energy of the pain-body, we may recreate it in our life again and again, because it feels normal. Likewise, scientists note that if our body is used to the chemicals produced by stress (such as high levels of adrenaline), we may seek out experiences to fuel that physical rush or, perhaps, to avoid simply being with our own emotions.

Despite a culture that seems to thrive on mental and physical busyness, I believe most of us desire just the opposite. We would prefer more peaceful moments in our lives and less drama. We desire happiness, both for ourselves and for others. We want a meaningful life and work that matters, but without it taking an unnecessary toll on our health or negatively impacting those we love.

So, what does normal look like in a world that values inner peace and emotional wellbeing?

Here are a few strategies we might incorporate in our lives, our families, our careers, our schools, our organizations, and our governance that could move us toward a healthy normal:

  • Valuing our own creativity.
  • Encouraging our inner reflection and self-awareness.
  • Nourishing our spirits with play, self-care, and downtime.
  • Guiding our actions with kindness, compassion, and generosity.
  • Accepting healing, grieving, growing, and forgiving as lifelong processes.
  • Employing peaceful conflict resolution skills for problem solving.
  • Defining leadership as service to others, not ego-driven quests for power.
  • Honoring and respecting nature, not profit that is based on human greed.
  • Recognizing that healthy food, healthy air, healthy soil, and healthy water (i.e. our planet’s wellbeing), is undeniably linked to our own wellbeing.

Spring is a wonderful time for planting new seeds. Which seeds in your life need nourishment? Who are you when you let in sunshine and warmth? What allows the garden of your heart to fully blossom?

As nature’s soft pink cherry blossoms remind us, be gentle with yourself. Take some time to peacefully breathe. Listen to the birds. Watch the squirrels. Imagine the splendor that is possible when we align with all that is tender, beautiful, and precious in our lives.


In joy & gratitude,

Diana J. Ensign

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2017-07-21T14:34:00+00:00 April 21st, 2016|Categories: Daily Living|Tags: , , |9 Comments


  1. Marg Herder April 22, 2016 at 8:30 pm - Reply

    Great post, Diana!

  2. Dave April 23, 2016 at 1:33 pm - Reply

    Beautiful. Thank you Diana! ?

  3. Dave April 23, 2016 at 1:34 pm - Reply

    Ooooops. 🙂

  4. Charlie April 23, 2016 at 4:35 pm - Reply

    Hello Diana,
    As always, thank you for you thoughts. I want to leave you a gentle challenge for your writing…share more of your own journey, for example, give us readers some specifics on how you live out your own encouragement and insight about your list of how to create a more “healthy normal” in your own life. Sometimes, I am bereft of ideas on how to implement the wisdom that you and others share…having some specifics from your own life could further jump start my own thought on how to improve my living…just an idea that may or may not be supportive to your writing. blessings of light and love to you…Charlie

  5. Diana April 24, 2016 at 1:09 pm - Reply

    Thanks ? As always, shoutout to you for fabulous visuals that enhance my words so beautifully. Your photos are truly an incredible gift!

  6. Diana April 24, 2016 at 1:12 pm - Reply

    Thank you Dave : )

  7. Diana April 24, 2016 at 1:21 pm - Reply

    Thank you Charlie. My book, “Traveling Spirit: Daily Tools for Your Life’s Journey” has much of my personal background – but I can certainly add more to my blogs (along with specifics). It may sound simplistic, but time in nature and peacefully breathing are two huge benefits to me personally. (I can’t say enough about one simple tool that works miracles: BREATHE). Best wishes to you, and my gratitude for your ongoing encouragement.

  8. Rexene April 27, 2016 at 5:39 am - Reply

    Always love your writings… Thanks for the reminder!

  9. Diana April 27, 2016 at 3:01 pm - Reply

    Thank you Rexene! Best wishes with your creative adventures. Keep those dreams alive! May peace and love surround you ~ ~

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