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"Laziness is Love's opposite." M.Scott Peck's The Road Less Travelled
What is the Mind-Body connection and why is it important? There are many schools of thought on this, but definitely, when we put it to the test for ourselves, it is true our mood is always better after exercise than before.
Maybe it is that sense of triumph over laziness, which otherwise tends to leave us with feelings of guilt and low self-esteem. Extreme fitness has been viewed by some as a form of addiction: that euphoria that comes from having complete control over the body. And of course, there is also the 'look at me' posts that seem to seek social recognition. However, there are many recorded cases where patients have achieved radical remissions and where they have also introduced a regular fitness regime into their lives as part of their response to tackling illness.
I do believe that our chosen form of physical fitness has to be completely subjective rather than situational, although if I live close to a specific sport or keep-fit facility, a loch or a mountain, it would be daft not to at least give whatever is on my doorstep a try. It can take time to find what feels 'right' for us, but when we do, it then becomes easily and naturally embedded into the fabric of our day-to-day life.
Chi, Qi, or Ki energy is our life force, or bio force. It flows through meridians in our body and serves every cell as does blood, yet there is less awareness of its importance to fitness. Whilst we understand how air pollution and other toxins from the environment and in our food affect health, negative emotions and low moods equally have a toxic effect and can even start to create blockages in this invisible energy flow.
Therefore fitness is not just a physical thing involving muscles, co-ordination, and stamina. It is also about posture and the awareness that breathing occurs in every single cell of the body; how every thought and feeling transmits and creates a good or bad response in every cell. Holistic fitness goes far beyond 'breaking sweat' - we now understand it includes energy movement exercises for the mind and awareness expanding exercises for the spiritual body.
These words of the Buddha sums it all up beautifully:
"To keep the body in good health is a duty... otherwise we shall not be able to keep our mind strong and clear."
Just before Covid-19 lockdown and the moment it was eased, we saw miles of cars queuing at fast-food chains. Not because there was a shortage of food, but because people were hooked on the taste. And most of us know although it smells and tastes good, it doesn't do our bodies any good. It just stops us feeling hungry for a bit. That's why it is called Junk Food.
But does this preferred way of eating also reflect our preferred way of living?
To get an embedded rawl plug out of the wall can take a lot of struggle. We'd far sooner leave them in and cover over them if there was a choice! It is the same with some of our habits - particularly our thinking habits, and especially how we think about ourselves.
Breathing is essential to life. Most of us would die of our bodies in five minutes if we failed to breathe, and it is nature's gift that we usually breathe sub-consciously - we wouldn't be able to focus on doing much else otherwise!
Yet do we realise that the quality of our breathing plays a major role in how we feel, how we respond to situations and, how we can operate to our fullest potential? For instance, defective breathing contributes to over 80% of feelings of anxiety.
Here is a simple way to how we can start improving the quality of our breathing...
Sharing one of the BEST HEALTH TIPS EVER ...
When the body isn't having to busy itself fighting off infection, it can then direct its energy totally into what feels like our life's purpose and into our creativity. Tiredness or not feeling well no longer become an obstacle in our path to putting our ideas to fruition and making our dreams a reality.
So add this easy health tip to your daily life. You don't have ti timetable it in - just keep on doing it at any time, anywhere... waiting at traffic lights, waiting for the kettle to boil, watching TV, going through your messages, waiting to fall asleep ... the more often the better! You cannot overdose on this ...