How to Achieve Personal Growth and Balance II - living in our bodies
Let’s start with the body. What do I have to do, each moment of each day, to make sure that my body is functioning optimally?
The obvious things are adequate exercise and adequate rest. Naturally nutrition is also important. Seeing to it that my body gets enough of what is good for it – eating a healthy, balanced diet is essential for the continued well-being not only of the body, but of the mind and spirit as well.
There are countless books on the market about diet and the connection between diet and health, and these can be very useful.
body, as Jesus said, is the “temple of the Holy Spirit” and it should not be
defiled with lots of artificial stuff. While looking after the body it is important to remain aware that the body is a part of the whole that makes up a person, not something separate. What affects the body affects the mind - and vice versa.
Food and growth
"We are what we eat" say some. If this were literally true we would have some problems.
There is no doubt that what we eat has a rather direct impact on our well-being. Faddist diets are not the answer to keeping our bodies adequately nourished.
What is important is to reduce fats and foods high in cholesterol, to drink alcohol moderately.
I think that common sense will show that a few very simple ideas about diet are quite sufficient to keep the body in optimal condition, when allied with adequate exercise and adequate rest: reduce fats, salt and sugar, don’t eat too much red meat, do eat fruit and vegetables (as much as possible uncooked), whole grains and pulses. As much as possible eat food sourced in or near where you live which is preferably grown organically.
Take a hike!
"Walking is the most powerful creative tool that I know. Although it has fallen into disuse in our hurried times, it may e the most powerful spiritual practice known to man." - Julia Cameron, in The Vein of Gold (Pan, 1997)
The body also suffers when exposed to too many stressful situations, and that means, in my view at least, that exercise should not, at least for us in daily life who are not sports people, gentle yet aerobic, like a good brisk walk at least five times a week. Walking is naturally calming and opens the mind as well as keeping the body functioning well. When your life seems to be getting too hectic and stressed, take a walk. When you have a problem that seems insoluble, take a hike! The mind works best when aerated, so take a walk to get the lungs full of air. Walking is also cheap – you don’t need a whole lot of apparatus or special clothes, just what you normally wear.
This Hub is part of a five-part series on balance and growth.
The other four Hubs can be found here:
- How to Achieve Personal Growth and Balance I - the fire within
A look at what contributes to personal growth and balance on our journey through life. This Hub looks a some personal growth books and techniques that can helop us on our path of self-improvement
- How to Achieve Personal Growth and Balance III - the life of the mind
Part Three of a five-part series on Personal Growth. Looking at growing the life of the mind through reading, visualising, planning and writing
- How to Achieve Personal Growth and Balance IV - expanding the heart
This is the fourth part of a five-part series on how to achieve growth with balance in one's personal life. This part focuses on the heart, the capacity to love and empathise, the social nature of human beings. The factors of service, empathy and syn
- How to Achieve Personal Growth and Balance V - the life of the spirit
Part Five of this five-part series on personal growth looks at the importance of values, study and meditation.
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