JULY 8, 2010
It’s a Greek word: Eudaimonia (pronounced “yoo-day-mo-NEE-ah”). Roughly translated it means “happiness,” but the more accurate interpretation, according to Wikipedia, is “human flourishing.” I think it pretty much sums up what we all hope to attain, don’t you?
We are born with the opportunity to reach our highest potential. However, sometimes, things get in the way – circumstance, disease, and other obstacles can hamper our ability to live life fully and achieve the mission each of us is here to fulfill.
In my experiences with aging maturing, parenting, and dealing with the challenges that life brings; I have discovered ways to help myself and my family reach a higher level of well-being – of Eudaimonia (say it out loud – it even makes your mouth feel good!). Even when obstacles crop up, we are better equipped to handle them because of what we have put into practice, including:
Tried and tested ways to give babies the rest and routine they need, and in the process give parents more time and peace of mind
How to cultivate both authority and compassion in your parenting so that children can relax, behave, and develop in age-appropriate ways
Activities to engage children’s imaginations, foster their creativity, and encourage their development
Ideas for creating a peaceful, balanced, and healthful home environment
Resources that offer the opportunity to identify and celebrate your true self and your life’s mission
These methods are not particularly complicated. They don’t require a ton of money or time – getting regular doses of fresh air (link to post) is a perfect example. Some of them come from ancient traditions, and others are new discoveries. They range from the practical to the profound. I’ve learned about them from all kinds of resources– books, seminars, travel, the process of raising children, the internet, friends, strangers at the grocery store…you get the picture. I continue to seek new ideas and hope you’ll share yours too.
While I don’t claim to have any magic bullets, I can vouch for the effectiveness of these relatively simple methods and strategies towards enhancing well-being, creating more balance, and expressing the radiance of body, mind and spirit that is everyone’s birthright.
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