This series was inspired by a meditation where I was directed to discover the Lights in My Life. Lights are the people, activities, and things that inspire us to experience our most desired feelings. My Lights in Your Life series describes creating three things to identify the Lights in your life:
- The criteria to determine Lights in your life (Feelings List)
- The types of Lights needed in your life (Mind, Body, and Spirit Types Lists)
- A list of people, activities, and things from which your Lights will be drawn (Potential Lights List)
In the previous journal entry (Part 2 of the Lights in Your Life series), I described building your Mind Types List. This journal entry addresses creating your Body Types List.
To maintain good health, the body needs to ward off sickness and disease. Things that negatively affect this ability, like stress, need to be counteracted. Finding Lights to help you maintain a healthy body involves identifying what you specifically need to reduce stress, stay active, and feel good about yourself.
The Body Types List should contain people, activities, and things related to enjoyable physical sensations and positive self-image. Also consider who and what help you keep your physical body thriving. These would be items for achieving healthy skin, bones, muscles, and organs. A healthy body also needs movement (exercise) and proper nourishment. Use these categories to trigger ideas for your Body Types List.
Brainstorm Your Body Types List
The Body Types List encompasses who and what keeps you feeling good and experiencing pleasant physical sensations like vitality, relaxation, and touch. Examples are massage therapists, spa time, and silk pajamas. The Body Types List includes people, activities, and things that enhance your self-image, such as personal trainers, life coaches, and cycling. It also reflects who and what you need to keep your physical body healthy and strong, like doctors, weight lifting, and yoga. A healthy body needs movement, such as walking, t’ai chi, or swimming. Items to include in the nourishment category might be mineral water or vegetables.
Don’t get hung up on whether something is specific to your physical sensations, self-image, body, movement, or nourishment. Some types fit into more than one body area. For instance, exercise is something I crave, and it addresses several of the areas—physical body, physical sensations, movement, and self-image. Also, because of the strong connection between mind and body, emotional issues manifest as disease and illness in our physical bodies, so some items important to the body might be listed in the Mind Types List, like a counselor.
Remember to include types you want/need to promote a healthy body, even if you don’t currently have anyone or anything that fits that type. Missing Lights will be addressed later in the Finding Lights in Your Life series.
Items that promote a healthy body for your brainstormed Body Types List might include:
- Fitness coach
- Martial arts instructor
- Weight lifting
- Specialty food (e.g., vegan, Indian, gluten-free)
- Spa treatment
- Life coach
- Personal trainer
- Nail polish or manicure
- Taking a bath
- Bike riding
- Attire (e.g., silk shirt, cashmere sweater)
- Self-help books
- Green tea
- Adequate sleep
Refine Your Body Types List
When you have exhausted the process to identify Body Types, review your list and combine similar entries (e.g., “bike riding” and “running” can become “exercise”). Combining similar types helps to reduce the size or your list. This means your types will be broad categories, like “exercise,” which is exactly what we are aiming for in this process. Types may be broad, but the Lights will be specific.
Eliminate the nice-to-have items and items you could do without. Keep only the must-have types. Now, prioritize your Body Types List to help you reduce your Body Types List to the top one to three items. My Body Types List is: Massage, Exercise, Eating
In the part 4 of this series, Spirit Types will be explained.