#144 Physical Wellness:: Healthy body for an healthier mind Jan. 29th 16

 Physical Wellness : Healthy body for an healthier mind

Wellness has 3 components: physical, mental and spiritual for believers.

Since body and mind are interrelated an healthy body will promote an healthy mind.

We talked a lot about mental wellness over the last few months; today I will address its physical part.

Physical wellness means to keep our body in proper shape while and despite aging.

Keeping an healthy body include:

Sleep, ideal body weight, proper calorie intake, balanced diet, water intake, physical activity, no chemical addictive’s, and supplements if required.

Very brief review about physical aging.

Aging is genetically controlled and our body starts very soon to age at around 30 (skin first)

Then, at around 40: We are loosing around 1% of bone mass and 1% of muscular mass per year whatever.

Gastrointestinal  absorption of proteins and vitamins is reduced steadily over the ages to only around

50% of its base line. This is why we need more proteins when we get older.

Thirst reflex drops. This is why elderly don’t drink enough.

Brain functions remain stable as long they are properly challenged.

Here are the synopsis of what we should do and don’t.

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#143 How to meditate on our emotions and struggles Jan. 22th 16

                                 How to meditate on emotions and struggles?

How can I meditate on my anger for example or grief, fear, guilt, etc.? This is a very good question.

The main purpose of meditation is to control, at least partially, our ego-driven mind and its non-stop stream of thoughts and feelings. In order to do so we sit still, in silence and focus, usually, on our breathing to anchor the mind that is to force our mind to focus on our in-out breathing as mind anchor.

Every time a thought pops out, we just acknowledge it, then press the delete key and go back to our breathing. (more…)

#142 There nothing negative about doing nothing Jan.8 17 Part 1

                                     There is nothing negative about doing nothing: Part 1

 How often you are doing nothing or feel like it?

The answer is simple: almost never because the perception of doing nothing will be unacceptable, detrimental for our ego and our social image. Our ego believes that we are so important or indispensible then “Doing nothing” is impossible, sort of personal and social failure. We base our identification with what we are doing

Look at your average day: From the time we wake up to the time we fall asleep we are running around like a hamster in its wheel. We have to achieve whatever.

Even when we have a rare free moment we are rushing to do something anything: surfing, texting, emailing, reading a book, cooking, gardening, shopping, travelling, going to the movie, watching TV, etc.

We are “alcoholic doers” and if we do not do something we feel like being on standstill, frozen in a huge vacuum, sort of emptiness or failure.

Our body-mind is busy doing something non-stop and our mind is wandering continuously: thoughts, worries, anger, planning, expectations, god and bad memories, analysis, judgment, etc.

We are complaining that we don’t have time but we automatically accumulate or create things to do all day long making the time shrinking.

Not only we are busy at doing one thing but, more and more, we must be “multi-taskers”.

We have to do zillion of things at the same time because we believe that we do not have enough time before the end of the day.

This is a vicious circle: More stuff to do = less time to do = less stuff done=more stress and anxiety.

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#141 Few more words about you & consciousness Jan. 3 17

Zen Buddhism considers that all living beings are made of 5 components called aggregates.

Matter = our body

Perception = our 5 senses

Mental= our mental intellectual activity

Feelings= our mental emotional activity

Consciousness.
Consciousness is our fifth aggregate. The last on the list but the most important one.

Consciousness is our deeper, genuine, spiritual  true “I, me” and not our acquired and transient one

All of us are different physically, mentally and emotionally and yet we all have the same consciousness and awareness.

Consciousness is an universal immaterial entity allowing each of us:

To be aware and experience Reality in its infinite expressions:

Reality inside self such as our material body-brain and non-material mind.

Reality outside self such as our surrounding world thru our 5 senses and thinking..

To function and interact as living being.

Because it is immaterial, consciousness cannot make us aware of Reality and be functional without being “downloaded” or “incarnated” into material entities which act as receptors.

These receptors are called living beings such as you, me or any other living beings. Our body-mind

that is the first 4 aggregates ( see above) can perceive Reality and acts accordingly only through consciousness.

Maybe, an analogy between consciousness and our material entity will be electromagnetic waves (EMW) allowing various receptors such as radio, TV, cell phones, etc.to functions properly.

EMW are “immaterial” but become material when they are received.