Renew thyself completely each day; do it again, and again, and forever again.

– Chinese text cited by Henry David Thoreau in Walden

We are beautifully complex physical creatures – both strong and vulnerable, both limitless and limited. And like the universe around us, we too must expand and contract, and in the process hope to find our balance between between effort and recovery.

We are all worthwhile of our own care, compassion, and continual renewal. And no matter what else is going on outdoors, indoors, and within our own being, taking the time to refresh our physical self is far from an indulgence – it is a vital process, a return to our individual need for rest and rebirth.

When we look at diverse traditions ranging from yoga to acupuncture, there are a few concepts that emerge time after time as necessary elements for personal physical wellness. Here are a few thoughts for your day, each day and every day, on the basics of self-care.

Each day we need: space to breathe, time to think, and peace to sleep. We may eat, drink, and exercise our bodies accordingly, but overall, deep breathing, meditation, and rest are what is irreplaceable and essential to our health.