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Enjoy – Day 24 – What is the secret to health? (Hint: it’s not MOVE…but that’s part of it)

Some of the best ideas I get seem to happen when I’m doing mindless manual labor or exercise.  I’m not sure how that happens, but it leaves me free for remarkable ideas to occur.”  – Chuck Palahniuk, novelist.

I couldn’t agree more.

Quite often I have felt my mind completely stuck in the mud…unable to think happy thoughts, much less creative ones.

And without fail, getting my body in motion frees up my mind.

It literally has never failed me in that regard.

It is so consistent that I know without doubt that if I get my body in motion eventually my mind will clear up, I will feel better, and I will be open to more ideas.

We’ve talked quite a bit about the mind-body connection this month, but the importance cannot be overstated.

“To keep the body in good health is a duty… otherwise we shall not be able to keep our mind strong and clear.”  – Buddha

I love how this teaching from Buddha approaches health and happiness from both angles…spirit supports body, body supports spirit…here’s another:

The secret of health for both mind and body is not to mourn for the past, not to worry about the future, or not to anticipate troubles, but to live in the present moment wisely and earnestly”  – Buddha

Of course anyone familiar with Buddhist teachings knows that living in the present moment is central to that practice.

It’s cool to hear the suggestion that present moment living is the “secret to health” though.

I love that.

I just find it fascinating to think that the key for BOTH physical and mental health as living in the present moment.

Not mourning the past, not worried about the future.

Living in the present moment ‘wisely and earnestly’.

Does that resonate with you?

How many physical ailments have we caused ourselves by our worries over the future?

I know worry has contributed to my stress and to physical sicknesses…I got Ulcers after my first child was born.

Internally I was intensely stressed about the new responsibility and ‘how am I going to provide for this life?’

Not to say it’s easy to practice ‘living in the moment’ but it is to say that I agree that it is the major secret to health and happiness.

Which is why next month we’ll focus on the habit of Meditation, which is a central practice to learning to live in the present moment.

But for now…back to the body:

“The mind’s first step to self-awareness must be through the body.”  – George Sheehan

George is the legendary running doctor who lived a long full life and helped thousands of people connect deeper to themselves through awareness and movement of the body.

I find it interesting that he encourages us to go to the body to access awareness to the mind.

My experiences agrees with this.

How about you?

Move the body, clear the path to the mind.

Amazing how the thoughts become unclogged as the body begins moving.

Steve Jobs, founder and creative genius behind Apple, was well-known for having discussions while taking a walk.

He also happened to be one of the most creative world changers of our generation.

Sure he had his quirks, we all do.

But he was amazingly creative…and even though he wasn’t known to ‘exercise’ much in the sense of running, biking, working out at the gym etc…he was constantly going for walks.

I’m certain this movement opened his mind to creativity.

“Walking is the best possible exercise. Habituate yourself to walk very far.” – Thomas Jefferson

Not sure why Jefferson thought that…but it sure is a simple way to get moving.

And beyond creativity, how about fulfilling our purpose?

How about becoming awake to who we are and to the life force of all creation within us?

“It is only by grounding our awareness in the living sensation of our bodies that the ‘I Am,’ our real presence, can awaken.”  – G.I. Gurdjieff

Go move your body.

Get in tune with you.

Awaken the ‘I Am’ in you, your real presence.

Make Today Amazing.