Holy Trinity

What is health?

The first thing that comes to our minds is physical health, i.e. absence of sicknesses in our bodies.

Some go further to say that mental health is also important, meaning a balanced attitude to the world, positive thinking, etc. are as important as physical fitness.

Others add that spiritual development is indispensable for a personal well-being.

Yet the holistic approach to health means body, soul and spirit are inseparable.

I like to formulate it like this – every body has an imprint of a spirit.

Also, we may think of ourselves not only as as bodies with soul and spirits, but also as spirits using bodies to manifest themselves in the physical world.

In other words, each element of the three relates to and affects each other.

Based on the above, what is the best investment we can make here and now?

Very simple.

Change your shoes and go out jogging. 🙂

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Sun Hunter

sunThe Sun is the energy center for our planetary system.

Like all suns, it always emits energy into the environment. This energy makes life possible. Without sun rays there wold be no life on Earth, even in its simplest forms. We depend directly on the sun.

Strangely enough, civilized people seem to be afraid of the sun. They make their rooms shady, they wear clothes covering their bodies from top to bottom, and tend to avoid sun light.

We need to eradicate this habit.

By the way, using the sun does not mean frying yourself at mid-day. It rather means enjoying the light, not the heat.

The best and healthiest time for sunbathing is at sunrise. There is nothing better than watching the sun rising slowly but steadily, and exposing yourself to the first glimpses of a new day.

So let’s open up our rooms and fill our homes and ourselves with health, strength and vitality.

Do You Want Good Food? Cook Yourself!

momsnightoffCooking can change our lives.

Not only by the obvious fact that we practice something we are not used to, i.e. cooking.

Cooking can change our lives profoundly according to Michael Pollan, an American writer, journalist, activist, and professor of journalism at the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism.

The author argues that cooking is one of the simplest and most important steps people can take to improve their family’s health, build communities, fix our broken food system, and break our growing dependence on corporations.

I already mentioned some benefits of cooking in my Top 5 Reasons To Start Cooking post. What Michael Pollan does is looking at the issue from a much wider sociological perspective.

His insightful and inspiring lecture is a must for everyone who cares about himself, his family and humankind in general.

“Real men don’t cook” – I’ve heard this many times for the last few years.

Well, I’ll tell you this. Real men cook. Cockroaches don’t.

Stop buying. Start cooking.

Defying Math 2: Life Is Non-Linear

In the previous post I challenged traditional school math by the concept of synergy.

Here is another good example on how life is not exactly what they teach in school. It will be from math again.

Remember this graph from algebra class?

Or this one?

This is the so called direct proportion chart. In essence it’s quite simple. The further you go along axis X, the further you get along axis Y. A variation of the same relationship is a reverse proportion graph, where the principle is the same but with the opposite direction.

Imagine that ‘X’ is your time, and ‘Y’ is your result. In this case it will be a graph representing direct proportion between the time you invest into something and the result you achieve. Something like “the harder you work, the more you’ll get”.

Makes sense, right?

Not really.

Life is much more complex than that. Consider the below example.

You work hard on achieving some goal. Let’s say you are a scientist trying to solve a puzzle, a riddle that keeps nagging you as if a worm in the brain. You keep on researching, collecting data, analyzing, researching again, experimenting … Nothing happens for months, or even years. Nothing. And then – BAM! – you get an insight, a revelation. Suddenly the missing pieces of the puzzle come together to form a clear picture.

The funniest part is this.

The positive scientific result in this example would not be possible without a long fruitless period of trial and error. Remember how many thousand attempts Thomas Edison made before he invented a light bulb?

See the difference between the graph and life? The graph says you will always progress, whereas in reality the major progress is towards the end.

I am not saying linear graphs are absolutely irrelevant in real life. Sometimes they work. Yet in many cases they don’t. 🙂

Quite often we have to keep on going with no result at all before there is a breakthrough. This seemingly useless period, however, is crucial. As they say in the yoga tradition:

Enlightenment is not a result of practice, but without it it’s impossible. 

Defying Math: The Power of Synergy

From time to time it’s good to rethink the things we were taught in school.

I bet you’re gonna discover lots of cool stuff during such reflections.

Someone can get inspired rediscovering a writer that he or she failed to understand in high school. This is what happened to me with “The Little Prince” by Antoine de Saint-ExupĂ©ry.

Someone can get excited how boring scientific laws work in real life. Such as Newton’s 3 laws of motion, for example.

And someone can smile or laugh out loudly when fundamental things given in the “formal curriculum” appear to have little or no sense at all in reality.

Synergy is a great illustration of the point.

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What is synergy?

If two people or groups are more successful working together than separately, than there is synergy between them. Synergy is the creation of a whole that is greater than the simple sum of its parts.

So we can talk about a synergy between organizations, a synergy between companies, a synergy between two individuals creating magic together.

The principle is very simple. I feel great on my own. You feel fine on your own too. But if together we feel better than separated, there is synergy between us.

Synergy is the power that rises over limits, moves mountains, breaks rocks.

Wouldn’t it be great if kids could learn this kind of “life math” in school?

There are many hidden stories like this in the formal education. Rethinking what was taught in schools may be fun. Yet it is even more fun to think of what was not taught. 🙂

A simple way not to get irritated by your alarm clock

Just don’t set it.

It’s that simple. 🙂

I can expect a skeptical reply like “That’s not realistic” or “That’s bullocks!”.

Well, I’m not saying we don’t need alarm clocks at all. Human beings invented time to bring structure into their existence. We all live in the super-fast world where lack of sleep is a common thing. And many would find their lives ruined without an alarm clock.

What I’m saying is our bodies know best how much sleep we need.

Yeah, sometimes I tend to do the same. “OK, it’s 11 pm. now. I’d better go to bed at midnight and wake up at 6. They say we’d better sleep 8 or 6 hours, not 7.”

These types of ‘calculations’ are widespread. Yet the best solution is to trust your body. After all, human body has been evolving for thousands of years. Compared with an average life expectancy, our bodies must ‘know’ something better than us, right?

So the best is this.

Go to bed not too late. Don’t set your alarm clack. Just tell to yourself:

“I trust my body (organism, subconscious mind, etc.). Tomorrow I wake up on time. I wake up completely refreshed and energized.”

That’s it.

Of course, if you go to bed at 3 am aiming to wake up at 6, this may not work. There must be a reasonable approach here like anywhere else.

The bottom line is we need to allow our bodies do their job – get us up exactly after we have resumed our power and ready to kick off a brand new day.

Mens Sana In Corpore Sano

Mens sana in corpore sano is a Latin expression meaning “A sound mind in a sound body”. It reveals close relationship between physical exercise and mental equilibrium. Healthy – both physically and mentally – individuals are much more effective and enjoy life more. Physically or mentally harassed ones are deprived of optimism, positive attitude and happiness.

Skeptics may say there are millions of those who are not physically fit or even handicapped – and yet are able to live their lives to the fullest.

While this may be true, both strong body and mind are essential to fulfill our potential and achieve self-realization.

A man can be rich money-wise, yet poor and miserable inside. A president may be the brightest man in his country, yet without good health he can’t serve his countrymen as he wishes.

The connection between body and mind is a dialectical one.

On the one hand, those who exercise regularly and have strong and trained bodies feel more self-confident, optimistic, energetic and joyful. They go and on despite obstacles on the way. They never give up. They feel life is a wonderful journey and want to enjoy it to the fullest.

On the other hand, if you cultivate a peaceful and positive state of mind, your body starts to react accordingly. The blood pressure stabilizes, stress goes down, digestion improves. In other words, by getting a healthier mind you get a healthier body too. This does not mean, of course, that physical exercises are not necessary.

In contrast, those who have lack of physical motion or tend to be in low spirits get negative physical symptoms too, and sometimes even diseases. They keep on complaining and grumbling, and life seems a misunderstanding or a series of misfortunes. Their bodies react accordingly with fatigue and stress levels rising, blood pressure destabilizing and immunity dropping.

So mother Nature is very wise. It always gives us a choice to either be healthy or sick. The amount of energy we spend on achieving either state is the same.

Live long, live healthy!