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Mind Body Dynamic

Updated on July 14, 2011

Thin mindset

At the time of writing this article I am 52 years old. I am in perfect health and owe this to my philosophy of a healthy body is a reflection of a healthy mind. I believe we are more than just physical beings. I see the body as a vehicle that enables us to exist and interact in the environment of planet earth. If however we were to be born on another planet then this body would be completely unsuitable. The body is moulded by the way we think so it is in our interests to get our thoughts in line with the image we wish to create.

As a young boy I was very thin and right up to the age of about 25 I was 5’7” and weighed 110Lbs. Jeans with waist measurement of 28” were hanging off me. I hated being so thin and my mindset kept me stuck.

Thinking myself thin

The unwritten law of nature is that you create what you fear or what you dwell upon incessantly. I kept thinking how terribly thin I was and I feared being so thin for the rest of my life. I had no idea that my fears were actually creating the very thing I did not want. I had now created a belief system that was accepted by my subconscious and as such had become my waking reality. I was thin and no matter what I ate or did I was always going to be thin.

Looking back on those days now l can’t believe how ignorant I was of the laws that make so much sense to me now.

God is not listening!

I was very athletic and I played various sports. I went running at least three times a week, I played hurling and Gaelic football, I practised judo and karate and I also started weight training when I was about 15 years old. I loved pumping iron and at one stage was able to bench press my own weight. But I still remained looking very thin. No matter how much iron I pumped my body would not become the Charles Atlas I sought to emulate. To make matters worse all my friends were growing taller and were developing amazing physiques. I remember kneeling beside my bed at night and praying to become as big as my friends but no matter what I did and no matter how hard I prayed I just could not put on weight.

My prayers are answered

Then around the age of 30 I stopped doing all sport and just accepted my lot as a thin man. About two years later I was still the same height but 170Lbs with a waist measurement of 36”. I wasn’t obese but felt overweight and unfit. I had put on the weight I craved all my life and had done so as soon as I had stopped craving it. Putting on weight was effortless when I stopped trying. That was lesson #1 but it would take me 10 more years to actually realise the lesson that nature had taught me.

The power of the mind

I am now 52 years old, still 5’7” but now I weigh 140Lbs and have a waist measurement of 32” and I am proud of my body. I work out regularly and I am physically fit and healthier than I have ever been in my life.

What is the secret you might ask? No, it does not lie with me taking large doses of nutritional supplements or working out for hours every day at the gym. The secret lies in me understanding the laws of nature and by me strictly adhering to them.

By harnessing the power of my mind to work with me and not against me I now create what I want as long as it is in my best interest and the best interest of everyone involved.


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    • Spirit Whisperer profile imageAUTHOR

      Xavier Nathan 

      7 years ago from Isle of Man

      always exploring thank you for your generous comment. I am glad you found the article helpful and I appreciate you taking the time to read it.

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      Xavier Nathan 

      7 years ago from Isle of Man

      Truckstop Sally thank you for your comment. The heart like the body is also a symbol representing the underlying emotional problem. Addressing the underlying emotional root cause can alleviate the physical symptoms.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      7 years ago from Southern Illinois

      You're an inspirition to all who read your articles..Mind over body. That must be the key. Thank you.

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      Truckstop Sally 

      7 years ago

      Great hub! Great pictures! I think all of our bodies are different, and they are dynamic - always changing. We need to listen and reflect responsibly. The heart is the muscle I am most interested in -- as heart problems have plagued my family.

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      Xavier Nathan 

      7 years ago from Isle of Man

      Well said A.A and thank you for visiting.

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      Augustine A Zavala 

      7 years ago from Texas

      Good information. You can't be healthy if you don't feel or think healthy.

    • Spirit Whisperer profile imageAUTHOR

      Xavier Nathan 

      7 years ago from Isle of Man

      Thank you dw give it a try and watch the butt simply melt away just like a Cadbury's milk tray! LOL

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      7 years ago from Somewhere in the south

      Very interesting concept. However, there is also old mother nature to consider. As we age, our metabolism slows down, and we cannot maintain our youthful bodies without much physical work. So, our choices are to accept the laws of nature, or work our butts off (literally, for those of us with big butts). Love your concept though, i will try to see myself as young, thin and beautiful and see what happens. LOL. I always enjoy your works. dw

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      Xavier Nathan 

      7 years ago from Isle of Man

      Well said RealHousewife and thank you.

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      Kelly Umphenour 

      7 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      SW - I think this is very wise information! I do think much of our image is controlled with the power of the mind. Food is also such a huge hang up for people on so many levels! Eat too much, not enough, eat for love, comfort, pain, fear...ugh - on and on!

      Great hub - up and awesome!

    • Spirit Whisperer profile imageAUTHOR

      Xavier Nathan 

      7 years ago from Isle of Man

      Thank you ecomama for visiting. You know what they say...great minds think alike!

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      Xavier Nathan 

      7 years ago from Isle of Man

      Dear CM thank you always for your very kind comments. It is indeed very flattering to describe my accomplishments as inspiring as for me that is the highest for of human endeavour. With regard to longevity, however, that is something I have no control over. That is in God's hands.

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      Xavier Nathan 

      7 years ago from Isle of Man

      diogenes, the mind is a powerful tool but when left to its own devices problems arise. I would suggest you practice changing the way you think about your body. Take an old photograph of the way you used to look and stick it to the ceiling above your bed. When you wake every morning simply feel thankful for your "thin fit healthy body" and do this again before you go to sleep. By directing your mind regularly like this you create a thought pattern that counteracts the old one.

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      Xavier Nathan 

      7 years ago from Isle of Man

      Thank you plcahoon for visiting and I am glad my hub has caused you to consider this mind/body connection. I would also encourage you to consider the notion of the body being a metaphor and each body part symbolises something deeper. I have written about this in some of my other hubs. I have also found that people with knee problems tend to be quite stubborn in their ways and are frustrated by how they find it difficult to move forward in their lives. The physical symptom is a reflection of inflexible mind filled with pride and ego. Learn to forgive yourself and others and note how the knee responds.

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      Jacquie The Underground Goddess 

      7 years ago from NC

      So strange I was just thinking this today! Glad I came across your hub.

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      Christina M. Castro 

      7 years ago from Baltimore,MD USA

      Good for you, S.W., your life's accomplishments are an Inspiration! I am happy that you will have longevity!

    • diogenes profile image


      7 years ago from UK and Mexico

      Very interesting observations. Reminds me of the misquote of the famous saying, "I think, therefore I (think) I am!"

      I'm overweight so maybe i should stop thinking about it...Bob

    • plcahoon profile image


      7 years ago

      Nice job. This really made me think about my knee problem. I fear it thusly it gets worse.


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