Sunday, July 27, 2008

For A Healthy Mind And A Healthy Body, Be Gentle With Yourself.

"A tree has both straight and crooked branches; the symmetry of the tree,"
however, is perfect. Life is balanced like a tree. When you consider
the struggles, difficulties, and sorrows as a part of it,
then you see it as beautiful and perfect.

George M. Lamsa

"If you have known how

to compose your life,
you have done a great
deal more than the
person who knows how
to compose a book.
You have done more
than the one who has
taken cities and empires."

Michael de Montaigne.

Taking yourself too serious can harm your health. This obsession, when every little slight or disappointment becomes a major problem, can sap your energy and deprive you of your health and happiness. It is therefore imperative that you treat yourself gently.

This means you should fall in love with yourself. The ability to fall in love with yourself will give you the insight to follow healthy habits and love your neighbor as yourself. As the saying goes, "charity begins at home." You cannot love your neighbor more than yourself. To be able to follow the above prescription, the following characteristics may help:

  • Learn to laugh at your mistakes. Humor is medicine. Laughing at yourself sometimes is not easy.This will give you an objective look at yourself so you can learn and correct the mistakes. The resulting enhanced self confidence can improve your interactions with your friends and colleagues.
  • Knowing that you're human will set you free to try new things. Suddenly, you want to go back to school to acquire new skills so you can be more productive. You are not afraid to fail as your journey through life is just a process. You're never done until you die. For a healthy mind and body, you need to keep on challenging yourself. The satisfaction you get from completing a project gives you security and boosts your self esteem.
  • Learn form nature. There is nothing that is permanent in this world. Hence be bold and dream great dreams that will propel you to achieve your objectives to enhance your mind and body health.

"For everything there is a season,
a time for every purpose under the sun.
A time to be born and a time to die;
a time to plant and a time to pluck up that which is planted;
a time to kill and a time to heal ...
a time to weep and a time to laugh;
a time to mourn and a time to dance ...
a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing;
a time to lose and a time to seek;
a time to rend and a time to sew;
a time to keep silent and a time to speak;
a time to love and a time to hate;
a time for war and a time for peace."

Ecclesiastes, 3:1-8

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