The Body Issue; March 2018
Issue # 51   March 2018

The Body Issue; March 2018

PHOTOGRAPHY

Khalifa Louie of Cool Pixx Studios

ASSISTANT PHOTOGRAPHY

Fabida Bosibori

STYLING

Ruth Odhiambo

ASISTANT STYLING

Leezie Otieno

MAKE-UP

Annrose Njoroge from Anni Makeup Artistry

MODEL

Jacklyne Rutto

Shot on Location at Hotel Ibis Styles, Westlands, Nairobi

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Life is all about Balance; Mind Body and Soul!

Balance in life is one of those things whose value you discover as you get older. It is also one of those things you do not realise you need until you get it. Now I am not necessarily talking about work-life balance [as someone who works 90% of her waking life, I am yet to become an expert in that area]. I am talking about balance within yourself; mind, body and soul.

MIND

“You are the books you read, the films you watch, the music you listen to, the people you spend time with, the conversations you engage in. Choose wisely what you feed your mind.”

I am not big on TV, and when I do decide to indulge, I find myself watching things like Cosmos, Bible Secrets Revealed and 100 People That Built The 20th Century [though I do have my moments for great TV shows like How to Get Away With Murder, Designated Survivor and House of Cards – everyone does]. However, after a hectic week on Social Media recently, I decided to do a “Netflix and chill weekend” to ‘unwind’ and I found Elementary – which I had left on Season 1 and had gone all the way to Season 5 [cue excitement]. What caught my attention was how that guy Sherlock is always doing something interesting or the other in his house… I also realised that we never watch people watching TV on TV… Hmmmm… Moral of the story, if you want to lead an interesting and exciting life, turn off the television, open a book, find a new hobby, interact with intelligent people and nurture your mind to create your future.   

“If you feed your mind as often as you feed your stomach, then you will never have to worry about feeding your stomach or a roof over your head or clothes on your back.” Albert Einstein

BODY

“Take Care of your body. It is the only place you have to live.” Jim Rohn

Not too long ago, I had gone for  TRX Work out and was telling someone about it with quite some excitement and he retorted, “but, why od you work out so much? You look fine to me, I doubt you need to.” I did not realise how passionate I was about health and fitness until then, as I broke it down to him. In summary, the wise say that prevention is better than cure and eating well and maintain a sustainable exercise regime is important for your overall wellbeing. I’m not talking about working out to look a certain way – that is ego stuff – I’m talking about working out to feel a certain way. I’m not talking about denying yourself the foods you love, I’m talking about finding solutions to ensure you maintain a healthy balanced diet. For me? I take one Yoga class a week. Walk or run in Karura on the weekend. Have vegetable and/or fruit smoothies for breakfast [I hate veg on my plate] and drink two litres of water a day. Simple, yet effective.

“Eat well, move daily, hydrate often, sleep enough, love your body and repeat for life.”

SOUL

“You do not have a soul. You are a soul.” India Arie

Regardless of religion or denomination, almost every human being understands that they are a soul / spirit having a human experience. A part of the whole.  You therefore cannot fully live, without living through spirit. We hear phrases like, ‘do the things that set your soul on fire’ or ‘living for your soul’s purpose’. That is because we are born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us – as said by Marianne Williamson. True fulfilment in life comes from the soul. When you drop all the things of the earth – or ego – and live through the heart…and then connect with people, heart-to-heart. Different people have different ways of feeding the soul. It could be through scripture and worship. It could be through meditation. It could be through prayer. Or like me, it could be a combination of all of the above. The most important this is to ensure you are never too busy to nourish your soul. This is what shall keep you grounded yet free. This is what makes you feel truly alive!

“It does not matter what world you live in; what matters is the world that lives in you.”

O.