Every new year without fail there’s thousands, if not millions of people who make the resolution to become fit and healthy. Yet out of all these commitments, it’s probably fair to say that 9 out of 10 fail.
This is most likely because changing hard-wired behaviors and neurological patterns takes time, strength, courage, perseverance and outright sacrifice to achieve, and most people just don’t understand the challenge they’ve set for themselves. So when it comes to the example of revitalizing physical health, the way the body-brain metabolizes food, stores energy and undertakes an array of other subconscious programs needs to be reset and redesigned to get anywhere near close to being successful at long-term weight loss and increased body vitality.
Yet, usually a person’s commitment to becoming ‘fit and healthy’ is only in regards to physical health, which is related to some self-esteem or image issue, not about becoming healthy in and of itself. After all, there is so much more to our health than just the physical aspect.
In my previous article called ‘Make 2017 Your First Year of Real Abundance‘, I implored its readers to reconsider what abundance is on an internal level, as well as reminded them that it was achievable for so many of us. Here is an excerpt:
“…to truly live an abundant existence we’ll need a rich tapestry of physical, emotional, psychological, philosophical, behavioral, social, relationship, creative and spiritual health. Of course to achieve this it is necessary to have highly healthy food, medicine and other life fundamentals, but ultimately there is no material substitute for any of these aspects to human life.”
So, when we consider what it means to be healthy, we need to look much further than just how much weight we carry and how strong our heart and lungs are. For example, another common catch phrase is ‘mental health’, but what does this actually mean on both a theoretical and practical level?
All the layers of health described above will be holistically unpacked and illustrated in their own separate article, which will no doubt be relevant to you in one way or another. That’s because when we consider the toxicity that runs rampart in our society, we unfortunately all have areas that are crying out for our attention.
Just look at the patterns:
- Serious physical health issues due to poor diet, lack of exercise and unprocessed stress;
- Huge numbers of people are on so-called mental health medications for depression, anxiety and other mental disorders, which is causing more sickness and even death;
- Extremely high levels of unhealed trauma;
- Very few people practice meditation, or even understand what it is and its benefits;
- Vanity, greed, selfishness and other ethically-poor mind states are decaying so many lost souls;
- Laziness, addiction to soulless TV and obsession with celebrities is the norm;
- The population live closer and closer to each other but are further away from understanding a true sense of community than ever before;
- Emotional abuse and physical violence in intimate and parental relationships is commonplace;
- There’s little prioritization for creative endeavor in people’s lives, because it has been replaced with things like owning the best stuff and wielding as much social influence as possible; and
- Religious righteousness still grips those who believe that their concept of God is the only true and valid God, essentially condemning all who don’t ascribe to their dogmatic point of view.
The list goes on. And like all of us, you’re caught in the web of ill health too, which is why its important to solidify what the meaning of ‘health’ actually is.
To start, being healthy can be simply described as being free of disease or illness. It can also be thought of as operating in a functional and productive manner. Moreover, it also refers to being strong in vitality, which means we have all the right ingredients to work as intended.
Let’s contextualize this via an analogy. A computer’s hardware is very much like the body-brain and its software is akin to the philosophical and conceptual design of the human mind. If the hardware is unhealthy, such as that its overheating, full of dust or low on battery, its going to cause the relevant consequences to the function of the unit. The same goes with the software; if there are viruses which are affecting the smooth operation of the programs, then the functionality and productivity are also going to be impacted on a holistic level.
Ultimately though, computers are not self-aware, at least not yet anyway. They can only operate in accordance with the commands of its operator. Yet when we think about it, the same applies to ourselves; all the aspects of our health are subject to our command, so if we want to make a part of us more healthy, such as our emotional functionality, we only have to choose to do so and then honor that commitment.
We have been falsely programmed to believe that to be successful, we must have a good job and lots of money. These achievements are not necessarily bad, yet they fall short of what true success actually is.
Success is living in accordance with our true needs. It is being abundant in mind and spirit. It is looking after our health on every level, without being fanatical or obsessive about it. And it is being a guiding light to all those who are lost in the dark, especially ourselves.
So, if you’re feeling like you’re lost or confused, you probably are. We live in what should be known as crazy town, where society has been conditioned to focus on the superficial things, and are too ignorant and lazy to do anything about it.
Don’t be one of those people.
Simply, you have the power to choose whether you live a life that is full of real abundance and health, or continue with that feeling of disconnection and ongoing subtle suffering.
Let’s hope you choose wisely.
In the next article, we’ll take a look at what physical health is, and how to achieve it.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Phillip J. Watt lives on the Mid North Coast of NSW Australia. His written and film work deals with topics from ideology to society, as well as self-development. Follow him on Facebook, watch his interviews with an array of inspiring guests at his YouTube Channel or visit his website.