How to explain so poor response to my query: What's your view of healthy and meaningful living?
Two days back I posted these questions: What's your view of healthy and meaningful living? Who are for and Who are against this principle? Only one person's response I've received so far. Do you have any idea of the reason for so disappointing response? Are Americans, citizens of, as I view it, the most advanced civilization, disinterested in the principle of healthy and meaningful living? Or, are they afraid of this very principle?
Your self-concept is how you view yourself. How you view yourself, determines how you will experience life. If you see yourself in a positive and healthy light, your life experiences will be positive and healthy. It doesn't mean, of course, that your life will be free of challenges and adversity, just that you will have a healthier approach to dealing with them. If your opinion of yourself is shaky and fragile, you will find life's challenges overwhelming and at times, insurmountable.
I don't think your answer testifies to your clear concept of healthy and meaningful living. What's your view of the institution of marriage or same-sex marriages? Do you think such things are meaningful? Could you give reasons to support your view?
Prakash, you need to lighten up. Don't treat life as a classroom, it's more 'elastic' than that. As for same sex marriages, less said the better.
Good point, alancaster! If this question is posed with only one right answer, then I'd suggest Prakash move it to the forums and learn some humility.
alan,you seem afraid of a serious attitude to life. I believe we can learn as long as we live;thus,life can be viewed as ' a classroom'.An elaboration of 'it's more "elastic"' is sought.Your unwillingness to comment on same-sex marriage is obscure.
It's a very vague question in some ways, almost open ended. You could easily write a series of books in answer to it. A narrower, more specific question would probably get more responses. Such as: Do you play a sport to stay healthy? Or, Can life be meaningful without religion?
Paul, I agree fully. The question was not a bad question, but simply too broad and general. Specific questions about healthy and meaningful living would definitely get a lot more responses.
I agree with what was noted above. I wish that I could have answered this question, but it is too vague. I simply did not know how to answer it. With the two questions coming from Paul, I could easily answer these.
This is what I assumed as well. Vague/general questions tend to get passed up because it makes the author seem unfocused. Often times HubPages will delete such questions because they're better suited to the forums where a larger discussion can happen
Are they really too vague to be answered? You've left both the questions unanswered, which points to intellectual immaturity unbecoming to a sensible human, I'm afraid to say.
I must admit that it is the reason that I did not respond to the question. I was unsure of what was being asked or where it was going.
Life and health go hand in hand. Life could hang on a thread or it could be un-scathed. Life can be the act of breathing and sensation. But that is defining it narrowly. Life is emotional, psychological, physical, social, economical, cultural, spiritual and a dimensional aspect. Life is stagnant yet ever in motion. It is both a moving target and a stationary one. One may have all one needs according to those who are observing but we the observers may miss what pains a given person we think has all it takes. It is a shoe but not a one size fit all shoe. This brings me to the second part of the query. Health!
Health is not only the absence of disease, but the well being of a person emotionally, physically, psychologically, socially, culturally, economically and spiritually.
Life is demanding and has needs. What this means is that life is enjoyed side by side with effort. Effort has to be applied and life is not self executing but one has to negotiate to address its needs and demands.
Simply put life's fuel is health and health's fuel is life.
I did not see your question. All questions are not sent to me and I generally am so busy working on my Grandmama Zen hubs that I do not seek out questions to answer. But I did see it today, and I would like to respond from my point of view.
I am focused on these very questions: how do I raise my vibration to live a meaningful and healthy life? What practices help me along the way?
For my hub, I have listed 24 exercises to test. So far, each item on my list has built on the previous experience. (I am not trying to sell you on my hubs, I am wishing to let you know this is important to me.) Simply focusing on this idea of becoming more centered, practicing positivity, moving into the world around me with enthusiasm and interest has helped me move from the funk I was in after my daughter and first grandbaby left my home.
I believe I am for this principle you allude to, yet I am not sure what your description of this principle means, exactly. I am for focusing on health and striving toward a meaningful existence. I am uncertain what you consider healthy and meaningful living, but to me it means yoga, compassion, conscious living, discovering my work here on earth before I move on...
I do not believe Americans are afraid of health or meaningful existence; I am not; my neighbors are not; my friends are not. However, we all have our own interpretations of what this means. Some are agreeable to my point of view, others are not. To discover whether I agree or disagree means having an agreeable conversation with them.
In asking questions, sometimes I get numerous responses and sometimes I get one or two responses. I'm not bothered by the number of responses because, personally I only answer questions for which I believe I have an answer. Sometimes people just don't see the question. Honestly, I had not seen your question. I'm not on HubPages every day, all day. I think it is the same for a lot of people. They may not have seen the question to be able to answer it. One last thing, and this is solely my opinion - not worth losing any sleep over - The question is kind of vague, plus the second part of the question asks an additional question. The question is personally related and it may be the kind of question people don't feel comfortable answering. I know that if I had seen the question, I would have passed on answering it.
To sum it all up, I don't answer all questions. I only answer questions when I feel I have credible knowledge. And, I only answer questions I feel like answering that day. That's all. Your question is a good question for people who like answering that kind of question - just not for me. Now, if you were to ask what color hat am I wearing today, I might answer that question. I know the answer and the question is not too personal. By the way, I'm not wearing a hat today, so maybe I wouldn't answer the question after all. You see, it just depends... It's nothing to get worked up over.
I don't think there's any reason people that stand for the principle of healthy and meaningful living shouldn't 'feel comfortable answering' my questions, failure to answer which might be an evidence, I'm afraid to say, of intellectual immaturity.
I didn't see your original question. I was offline for a few days; maybe that's why. Or maybe it wasn't featured.
Your question is very broad; as PaulGoodman67 said, whole books have been written on the subject. So I will answer only a couple facets of it. The ultimate wealth is health; one should eat a balanced diet with adequate vitamins and minerals, and control weight through exercise. My philosophy is to find a sport you enjoy doing, and cross-train for it. That way, exercise becomes a joy instead of a chore. I don't believe in dieting. You may lose the weight faster, but it makes you weak. Eating junk food also makes you weak.
Practicing good mental hygiene is also important. Make sure to choose a religion that helps you cope properly with the world. One that demands that you contort yourself, or preaches against certain groups and those who don't believe the way you do, are damaging - especially if they threaten non-believers with eternal hell. Any group or belief system that has to resort to that to hold members should be suspect.
Being respectful is key in my life. I respect the wisdom with which God has created the world. It has taught me to patiently look at things and their purpose before taking action. This isn't always possible, but I use it as a discipline. This is how I approach the natural world and why I don't rush to use pesticides when something is eating my plants. I look at my body/self w/ respect- following a healthy lifestyle because I don't want to pollute it, and I don't compromise my moral principles. (I did smoke in my teens and 20s but was able to quit by making myself visualize the delicate beauty of my lungs and the effects of each cigarette on them.) Life is better shared, so I value my relationships w/ my family, friends, and colleagues. Respecting the views of others and keeping an open mind creates stronger and deeper bonds and allows me to keep growing and learning new things. After I am gone, I would only hope that I have left something positive behind.
I didn't see the original question either. Sometimes very thought-provoking questions are overlooked because responses take more time to compose. Often questions will only get 1 -3 answers.
Belief in God is silly.We don't need such things to be wise enough not to rush into an action in non-emergency.The luxury of marriage and family is silly,senseless,and barbaric,hence fails to fit in with the principle of healthy,meaningful living.
Who is "we?" I speak for myself and disregard generalizations. If you choose to dismiss the things that are important to me, that's your choice, . Questions should be asked w/ an open mind not bitter judgement. How do you answer your own question?
Maybe the rest of us Hubbers are out-and-out hedonists, searching for a life of ultimate pleasure...
Well you believe what you want to. Not having seen the original question. Being a Brit - and therefore maybe excluded - the phrasing might have confused potential commenters. Or maybe like I said the Yanks are like us, intent on self-destruction through pleasure-seeking? We have a few 'missionary' types set on bringing us back to the 'straight-and-narrow' but - would you believe - the pubs and clubs across the globe patronised by Brits on holiday or celebrating 'poets day' (p**s off early, tomorrow's Saturday) fill up at the end of another week with their noses to the grindstone. We ain't descended from the Vikings and Anglo-Saxons for no reason, Prakash, Friday being payday and all that
Actually, being a hedonist isn't wrong. In an ideal world, everyone would be healthy, beautiful, and in their prime. Everything they do would be for fun. How do we go about achieving this?
Ha ha! Yeah, weekends are best spent w. livelier diversions
Sorry for 'the phrasing'.I welcome every sensible reply.I approve of seeking pleasure and luxury in life.An austere,unhappy life isn't meaningful.But of course pleasure at any cost can't fit in with the principle of healthy and meaningful living.
I do believe that we would have phrased the question: What is your view of a healthy and meaningful life?
We are much more inclined to see a concept of end result. Being in the moment is just getting started as a movement here. Yes frightened in the sense of fear of the new and unknown. Also we tend to be a bit more bisected in spiritual and secular life. We really seldom invite Gurus, Yogis or Priests into our boardrooms or bedrooms.
So "healthy" here is still basically stuck in the physical. And meaningful basically stuck with philosophers and churches.
You're asking for an answer to two separate questions here, though you've couched it as one. Healthy living is not necessarily meaningful living, except that the meaning for a person could well mean: the meaning of my live is to keep fit and well so that I can enjoy it. We all know people who jog, go swimming every day they can, and perhaps even become 'gym junkies.' However, the thought of a 'meaningful life' might well be not even considered. They might like to keep fit so they can eat whatever food they like, drink whatever alcholic beverages they like.
Meaningful living is different. Such things as spiritual goals enter into the equation - no, they are at the centre of any equation regarding vision of service, the passion we're filled with, so that we can carry out what we well might regard as a mission.
I think people evolve from the hedonist into spiritual seekers over a long, long time. And I'm not talking about one lifetime for most - though this is not out of the question. I'm of the opinion the Reincarnationist Theory is right and that we gain both our so-called 'innate talents' and 'natural gifts' over lifteimes lived. And that our spiritual progression is a naturral unfoldment as we evolve, ever evolve towards something greater than we can ever imagine.
By healthy and meaningful living I mean a sensible way of life. In order to lead such a life, you need,besides healthy food and keep-fit exercises, healthy attitudes to sex,marriage,etc. I don't think you need lead a life of austerity for this.
It is not only a very broad question, but one requiring much depth of explanation. Few people have the will or ability to answer such things in a small textarea space.
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