Wealthy Health-Wise

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On the 7th day he rested April 11, 2010

An integral factor in improving and maintaining health, wellness and fitness is often overlooked by the strong and the young. This factor is rest and rejuvenation. As members of a society that promotes the aggressive pursuit of goals, wealth and power, we have all been subliminally seduced into accepting the idea that work and play are both superior to rest.

We put the energetic, go getters on a pedestal of some inferred psycho-physical superiority that the rest of us should some how strive to match or at least concede our inferiority as mere mortals. Rest is viewed as a reward for our labor, not a major contributor to our health and happiness.

Fortunately, our lives are not completely in the hands of our belief systems and social pressures. Rest is something we cannot LIVE without. Sleep is an unavoidable, consequence of our daily energy expenditure and need for psychological and biological repair.

That part of our psyche that does not depend on outer, social, man made judgments to keep us alive, has no problem reducing our work output and shutting us down if necessary, when we don’t get proper rest. So let’s take heed to the guidance of our inner physician and make rest, recovery an integral part of our wellness regime.

Here are a few ways to ensure your getting the down time you need:

  • try to get to bed at approximately the same hour each night.
  • If you work from home, rise early and schedule a 15-20 minute siesta/cat nap into your day.
  • Take 3 minutes when transitioning from a completed task to begin a new one to just sit and release.
  • Schedule a vacation, staycation) or spiritual retreat into your annual calendar.
  • Hit the spa or schedule an appointment with a bodywork therapist at least once a month.
  • Get out of the city at least one weekend seasonally.
  • Include an healing art such as Yoga or Tai Chi as part of your exercise program.
  • Develop body awareness. Your body will let you know when it needs a break. This could help you avoid unnecessary down time.

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Kazi

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Sweet Dreams March 29, 2010

Here are a few tips that can help to support your quest to secure the restorative sleep you deserve:
  1. Establish a consistent bedtime routine, and try to go to bed at the same time every night. This will help set your body’s internal sleep–wake cycles.
  2. Don’t sleep late on weekends, which can disrupt your pattern. It’s better to get up at your regular time and take a nap later in the day if you need it.
  3. Get plenty of exercise during the day. The more energy you expend during the day, the sleepier you will feel at bedtime.  Don’t exercise within 30 minutes of your bedtime— doing so may make it more difficult to fall asleep.
  4. Reduce or eliminate your intake of caffeine, stimulants and alcohol. Even when consumed early in the day, these can affect sleep.
  5. Avoid large meals late in the evening.
  6. Learn and practice a relaxation technique regularly: Breathing exercises, meditation and yoga are good examples.
  7. Make sure you have a comfortable bed, bedding, and pillows. Foam mattress pads or toppers can also improve your bed’s comfort level.
  8. Take the TV out of the bedroom. You should be sleeping, not watching television late into the night.
  9. Don’t obsess about not sleeping. Instead, remind yourself that while sleeplessness is troublesome, it isn’t life-threatening.

    Put these to use today and get the sleep you need. Sleep is the Repairer and Restorer
 

Will I Am – That I Am March 10, 2010

My taste buds are in an uproar.  They are usually the chief protagonist during a fast.  At least for me.  My taste buds are mad bored right now.  They yearn for something tasty.  Anything really.  Salty, Spicy, Bitter, Sour of Sweet.  Just one stimulating jolt of oral bliss could send me to heaven.  And set me back 2 days.

Fasting has a way of revealing things about you.  Things you may or may not have already known.  One things for sure, you will witness a battle of will vs temptations in the first few days.  But it’s not your belly that’s rebelling, it’s the mind.  The part of your mind that is dedicated to ensuring your survival as a egg/sperm carrying member of the species will prop up every argument against and alternative to not eating.  Especially when it knows good and well that food is readily available.  This too shall pass.  Literally.  Just say no and have a sip of the universal solvent.

Fasting has been promoted as a way of detoxifying the body.  Not sure I would put alot of weight behind that.  What I do know is that it has a way of stilling the mind chatter (after the initial battle), and body tension.  Successful fasting also strengthens your will.  If you can resist the natural inclination to eat when hungry, you can resist most temptations that will enter your life.  This alone is a good reason to make fasting an integral part of your sacred lifestyle.  The part of our brains that will try to sabotage the fast means well.   It is concerned with maintaining the bottom line – survival.  But our ability to tame this part of our nature is what separates us from our animal cousins.  It’s our ability to choose that evolves our humanity.

I hear so much these days about teaching people, especially young people about making the right choices.  But I’m not convinced that we teach people how to build up their choice muscles.  Every box of cigarettes has a warning lable on it’s side that tells us that smoking is hazardous to our health.  Yet, we still have millions of smokers in America and worldwide.  Addiction is the absence of choice.  And addiction is the number one disease in the modern world.  Addiction to substances, the past, comfort, ideas, people, cultures and the hardest one to kick- addiction to who we think we are.  Fasting is preventive and healing medicine for addictions.

Tomorrow I anticipate the experience of physical weakness and frailty.  This is part and parcel of the journey.  The weakness although physical has a profound impact upon the psyche.  When you feel weak, your aggressiveness is automatically diminished.  It’s as if there is a voice in the back of your head saying: “Hey, I don’t want no trouble.”  It makes me very humble.  Humble but not fearful.  It’s like becoming water.  You lose interest in resisting.  When the world pushes, you just roll with the pushes until it wears itself out.  Then extend a hand of assistance to get the world spinning again.   If you really want to walk in master teachers footsteps, try a 40 day fast.  I assure you, you will become a master cheek turner 🙂

 

stay tuned for some “ain’t necessarily so” pearls of wisdom March 6, 2010

At 50 years of age I am seeking, experimenting with and embracing ways to use emerging wisdom to balance waning strength.  Juggling with ideas sacred, profane, fun and sometimes frightening. Playing the role of child, brother, father, friend, neighbor, coach, educator, activist, researcher, therapist, wilderness guide, entrepreneur and wanna-be blogger. This blog will serve as a place for me to share thoughts, experiences, experiments, results, questions, stories, encounters, insights, conflicts, confusion, obstacles, progress, plans, images of  the unknown.  About Life, Wisdom, Health and Wealth.  Enjoy the ride.

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