To wrap up the week’s theme on compulsive behaviors, I return to the story of the nomads. If you missed it, here it is again:

There was a family of nomads who were traveling. One child asked the parents “Are we there yet?” and the father responds “We’re nomads, we’re never going to get there.” 

As we embark on our health journey, we start to understand that health is not the goal. Health and wellbeing allow us to live in the present moment and experience the journey with awareness, balanced energy and a healthy body.

Once we’ve eliminated disease, calmed the nervous system, detoxified the body, and so  on, we can get on with our lives and live out our dharma, or duty, while we’re living. Health and wellbeing are just a vehicle for living a purposeful life. We can think clearly, act kindly, and develop ourselves spiritually.

Furthermore, there really is no goal or outcome for health and wellbeing either. There is no “perfect place” and we are always growing and understanding more about how to be healthy when we choose to take that route.

As yoga practitioners and people who are looking to live a meaningful, purpose-driven life, it is vital that our bodies are the well maintained, fully-functioning “earth suits” as I like to call them, that they’re meant to be. We’ve been given a GIFT when we were put in our bodies to experience ourselves and our Divinity.

To finish, I quote Paramahansa Yogananada: “Yoga is that science by which the soul gains mastery over the instruments of body and mind and uses them to attain Self-Realization – the reawakened consciousness of its transcendent, immortal nature, one with Spirit. As an individualized self, the soul has descended from the universality of Spirit and become identified with the limitations of the body and its sense-consciousness…”

May you make peace with your food in order to live out your purpose and find meaning in life.

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Jenna Pacelli is a Holistic Health Coach and yoga teacher at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. She coaches yoga practitioners and busy professionals in the San Francisco Bay Area and all over the world have more energy, curb cravings naturally, lose weight and keep it off without dieting, reduce stress levels, and live from a place of joy and authenticity. Her clients create lasting change and fully embodied health and wellbeing.

Jenna believes that by creating health and wellness at the physical, emotional and mental levels, it is inevitable that joy and a deep understanding of one’s purpose follow.