Living in the US we have endless opportunities as to what we can do with our lives. Career choices are limited only by one’s imagination and desire. We are the captains of our own ships and are continuously shaping our own realities. This opportunity comes with a great deal of responsibility. We are responsible for what we create and it all starts with choices.
Each day we choose how to spend our time and each of these decisions have a direct effect on our physiology. If you work too much your immune system weakens and you get sick. If you work too little you can’t afford the lifestyle you desire, you get stressed and once again your immune system is suppressed and you get sick. If you put too little of the right foods in your body your immune system becomes suppressed and you get sick. The examples are endless, and all have the same results. So we must must find a balance to live a life that fulfills our desires, yet leaves us with the energy to enjoy them.
We find balance by developing and executing a plan. Your plan should be based on what you want for your life, anyone else’s plan for you will inevitably end up in a failure because it is not your creation. Everyone’s plan will be as different as our fingerprints, but should contain at least one commonality, Meditation. Meditation can be whatever you want it to be: quite time, nap time, fishing, walking, whatever gets you to a place that you are alone, quite, and can breath deeply. This time allows you to activate you parasympathetic nervous system which allows you to digest food and build new tissue. This time also frees you from the noise of everyday life that distracts you from hearing your own inner voice. The TV distracts you, the internet distracts you, the radio, books, anything that is outside of you will distract you from creating your plan. So if you find yourself suffering from a lack of energy and motivation, if you miss more than one day a year to illness, if you are just not happy with where you are at in life give yourself 20 minutes a day free of distractions. You will soon find yourself more focused and rested so that you can pursue the life you were born to live.
As always comments are welcomed and appreciated!
BS Exercise Science
CHEK Practitioner 2