Shelly Greenfield: Exercising the mind, body and spirit

Fitness is a total body experience, encompassing the body, mind and spirit. If you take care of your physical body, you are going to see it benefit your thoughts, mood and even how you view things in the world around you.

Exercise for the body can lead to de-stressing the mind no matter what form of exercise you choose. It's a win-win.

But let's face it, we all feel out of balance at times. Becoming more aware, more present in the moment, more grateful, more disciplined and feeling a sense of purpose can create a better balance in our lives, but it's up to us to find it.

We are pulled so many different directions everyday to be everything to everyone, to accomplish so much in so little time, and to do it with a smile. That does not create a healthy balance.

How do you keep all your plates spinning, and still pursue what you love, without it taking away from others?


Finding that balance is unique to each person, but there are many commonalities that are basic to all of us.

Fuel your mind and body with a diet rich in raw organic plant foods. The digestive impact of fresh fruits and vegetables, nuts and seeds is low impact on the body. Natural enzymes, trace minerals, antioxidants, amino acids and other vital nutrients provided enhance immune function, hormone production and maintain a healthy body in numerous ways.

Natural foods have been known to help eliminate mood swings, stress, inflammation and other maladies that may be a result of inadequate/unhealthy eating.

Exercise every day!

Our bodies were designed to be active in a natural environment, and we know that exercise is one of the best things we can do for our emotional well-being, mental acuity, hormone balance and overall health.

Pay attention to your thoughts.

Buddha said: "All we are is the result of what we have thought. The mind is everything. What we think, we become."

Just like the saying goes, "we are what we eat," we are what we think. The thoughts that run through our minds day in and day out have a major impact on how we perceive things in our day.


Paying attention to negative thoughts allows us to get a handle on negative thinking, false perceptions, fear-based projections and self-imposed limitations.

Recently, I had the opportunity to attend a weekend of workshops in sunny California, which brought exercise of the body, mind and spirit together. My friend and Minnesota native, Lori Harder, is the creator of "The Bliss Project," a vision she had to inspire and empower women to overcome life's obstacles and the life they were created for.

She partnered with other professional women in the health and wellness industry to offer women the tools to lead their own life of "bliss."

Her sold-out weekend of 200 women was so well received, she decided to offer a one-day event in Chicago, May 17, 2014.

If you are interested in learning how to exercise your mind, body and spirit, and live a life filled with love, gratitude, purpose and discipline, this may be for you.

I will be there again, linking arms with more women ready to get fit on a whole new level. To learn more about this exciting event, or plan car pooling, feel free to email me at or go directly to the website to see Lori's inspirational video.

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