Nourish is defined as “to supply with what is necessary for life, health and growth; to cherish, foster, keep alive.” This one word and the actions associated with it can bring about all the joy and goodness that life has to offer.
When we nourish our bodies with the foods it was meant to eat — food that comes from the earth and not a factory — we keep our bodies vibrant and properly functioning.
When we nourish our brains we keep our minds sharp and we keep ourselves curious and hungry to learn. This curiosity and hunger helps us view all things in life with amazement.
When we nourish the earth we recognize that it is the only home we have. We give back to it as much as we take from it.
When we nourish our spirits and our hearts, we listen to them and water them with attention — fulfilling their ultimate desires. When we don’t nourish these crucial parts of ourselves we forget who we are. We wonder why we’re even here. We become lost.
When we nourish our friendships they add color into our worlds. They are there to celebrate our joys and they are there to comfort us in our sorrows.
When we nourish our relationships with our family we realize that no matter where we go or what we do we are connected with one another.
When we nourish our marriage we remember that divorce is a choice — one that should not be taken lightly or taken for convenience. We focus on how we can make our partners suffer less and have more joy rather than constantly thinking about how we feel and what they’ve done to us. When we do this, we both end up more satisfied.
When we nourish children — all children — we give them the freedom to explore, to be creative, to make mistakes.
True nourishment is the greatest act of love and selflessness we can show ourselves, one another and the world around us. What can you help nourish today?