health is vital
The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others. Gandhi
Our health and wellbeing does not only rely on what we put into our bodies, but also in what we put into life.
Commitment and Service
For many people, the words Commitment and Service have a somber ring to them, for the very thought can conjour up pictures of duty, compulsion and perhaps even boredom.
However, if we look at the words from another angle they can take on quite a different slant. For example, being Committed to learn about the real qualities of Life; choosing to perform small services for others which can do much to enhance their wellbeing, and in turn improve our own self worth.
This could also be described as a Service of common decency perhaps?
Most of us are aware that good health is an important part of living a full and active life. However, as many disabled and elderly people will know, achieving optimum health is not just about the physical world - it is also about our emotional, mental and spiritual wellbeing. There is much more to us than the outer shell we live in, and all the other aspects of our "self" need feeding with good things, in much the same way as our physical bodies.
One of the ways of giving ourselves this nourishment is to treat others in the way we would wish to be treated, without resentment or expectancy of reward.
COMMITMENT and SERVICE, are essential to the development of a productive society. Without these there would be no determination to find the right course of action in life, for we are not born just for ourselves but also to enhance the evolution of humanity.
So maybe it is worth lighting a candle sometimes for a considerate healthy attitude between all nations, including a universal commitment to finding a better future for the less fortunate countries of the world?
As individuals, life challenges us firstly to commit to look after ourselves properly, which includes healthy eating, and sufficient exercise to keep ourselves supple and active. If health farms and gyms are not your bag, then why not take greater care to cut back on the amount of processed foods you enjoy, and maybe start a regime that will slowly change your lifestyle into something that gives you more energy and fitness?
Unfortunately, it is a common misperception that we have to live a life of 'denial' in order to achieve these things. "A little of what we fancy does us good", but excess in any form is deeply harmful. The scales need to be in balance, and if we deny ourselves continuously, then the obvious swing will almost certainly be towards bouts of excess.
However, it is not only our physical body that we need to be aware of in our search for good health. Those who deny themselves emotionally will also suffer with bouts of the same excess, for suppression is extremely damaging to the spirit.
A diet of over-reactive emotions, and constant fretting about difficulties that beset us, can be as bad as eating the wrong foods and neglect of proper exercise. So we need to look to ways that can ensure greater emotional and mental wellbeing, which in turn will reflect on others.
One of the surest ways of forgetting our 'ills', is to look around at the difficulties of others. There is always someone worse off than ourselves, and if we are generous enough to be of assistance to them, we will find that our own suffering is often magically put into perspective.
So maybe you might consider doing a small but special "service" to just one person every so often - like carrying shopping, mowing a lawn, passing the time with a lonely stranger, - or anything that puts out a helping hand amidst the troubles of someone's day.
As time goes on, you could indeed find yourself feeling much fitter, less suspicious of strangers, and far less harassed by personal circumstance, for you will have found a way to commit some of your precious time to the welfare of yourself by sharing in the welfare of others - and that in itself can reap its own reward.
Nelson Mandela once said, "People say that I was born to rule, but my soul says I was born to be servant to the people". There speaks a true statesman, who knows the value of giving - and that in giving we always receive.
All the world is a school room, and we are here to learn the lessons of life and the techniques of living. Our life cannot be separated into sections marked "pleasure" for our pastimes, and "drudgery" for our work. Everything is part of life's learning, and one of the techniques we are here to discover, is how to approach all aspects of exposure with the same care and attention.
Some of us have a hard time, and some not so hard, but there are so many healthy things we can gain from our experiences, whether good or bad, and so much knowledge and healing we can pass on to others from having learned the lessons well.
The word Healing of course promotes the idea of caring for all the sick and injured in the world, but it also encompasses a commitment to ourselves and our own wellbeing, so that we can be strong enough to give that same service to others.
If you really commit to life you can become as the "Physician that heals Thyself" for, in spite of your difficulties you can begin to realise that, whatever the problem, we all have the capability of learning from it, and finding a solution. And each person that meets this challenge, must surely take their place in the healing of the world?
Work is love made visible.
And if you cannot work with love, but only with distaste, it is better that you should leave your work and sit at the gate of the temple and take alms of those who work with joy.
For if you bake bread with indifference, you bake a bitter bread that feeds but half man's hunger.
And if you grudge the crushing of the grapes, your grudge distils a poison in the wine.
And if you sing though as angels, and love not the singing, you muffle man's ears to the voices of the day and the voices of the night.
All writings © J.Shell 1981 - 2005 (unless otherwise stated). All rights reserved.