Welcome to this week’s Inner-Outer You wisdom
Terry Hodgkinson led a few two hour meditation sessions last week in Vipassana meditation. People from both groups expressed how they enjoyed the sessions very much and some even commented how they had major insight breakthroughs as well. Awesome!
Also last Sunday Terry led the annual group social outing to the Fo Gaung Shan Buddhist Temple for a tour, talk and lunch and once again it turned out to be a great time. Many people were impressed with how kind everybody was at the temple as well as how great the vegetarian lunch tasted. Many commented on how interesting the artifacts were in the temple museum while others were impressed by the quantity as well as variety of English books available in the temple library. You can have a look at a few of the outing pictures here: Temple Outing Pictures
Note: To be in the black, in financial jargon, means that the business is in a safe position financially. Usually, it is an indication that the firm or business has more assets than liabilities, thus operating as a profitable entity.
The following article is an excerpt from Terry’s book called Memoirs of a Wandering NInja, Walking the Path of Enlightenment. So many of us take our health for granted…until it’s too late. Read the following short article and ask yourself these questions:
1. Are you aware of your current state of health?
2. What actions are you taking to keep your “health account” in the black?
In the Red or the Black? How’s Your Health Account?
When I consult with clients for the first time, many say they have always been healthy and felt great, and then one day something happened. They tell me that from the time of their first ailment, it seemed like a never-ending story or the “snowball effect” as their ailment either got worse or compounded. When I hear this, I explain to them the following very important concept that has worked for many of my clients and myself.
Think of the health of your body as you would your bank account. Let’s say you start out with a defined value in your account; then it’s up to you to maintain the balance. You will make withdrawals and deposits into your account. One thing we know without a doubt about your financial bank account is that if you make too many withdrawals and not enough deposits, eventually you will go bust, flat broke! It seems that a lot of people understand this concept with regard to their bank account but never consider such an idea in reference to their “health account.”
What are withdrawals from your health account? There are two types. Type One, we can’t really do much about it. Examples are pollution, normal stress, and perhaps genetics. Type Two, you definitely can do something about, and examples are eating too much refined and processed foods like potato chips, pastries, chocolate bars, canned and packaged foods, colas and alcohol. Not only do these refined and processed foods have a lack of nutritional value but they also increase the acidic nature of your body and add many toxins. Not drinking enough water or exercising enough is also a health account withdrawal, as well as ingesting too much sugar, high carbohydrates, the wrong kind of fats, or not getting enough essential fats, enzymes and fiber. Constantly focusing on negative thoughts creates stress, which creates negative emotions. That also takes a toll on your body’s health account. All these will be explained in more detail later.
I’ve seen this happen time and again with clients. They make withdrawals from their health account and feel fine so they take out more and more. Then one day they find they are out of good health. Just like a regular bank account, we have—or should have—some kind of a reserve. For a period of time everything seems to be going fine in spite of all these withdrawals and lack of healthy deposits. But people who think they can live with negative health deposits forever soon find out the harsh toll of neglect as their actions prove detrimental to their health. Often when one health symptom shows up, it’s the first in a chain created from prolonged abuse. So what’s the proper approach? It’s simple: you need to keep a balance by constantly making healthy deposits back into your health account while minimizing the withdrawals!
Here’s another example: the automobile analogy. Let’s say that you have an automobile and you know that you need to have gas in the tank to be able to go and do different things. Each time you get in your vehicle and go somewhere that’s like a withdrawal from your vehicle gas account. As you use up more of the gas there is less distance you can travel than the last time you used your vehicle. The next time you go for a drive there will be even less gas and soon if you do not put gas back into the tank you won’t be going anywhere! You might even get stuck somewhere terribly inconvenient and unpleasant. This goes for the other aspects of your vehicle like oil, transmission fluid, hydraulic fluid, and brake fluid. If you do not take care of these things on a regular basis your car will either seize up or fall apart, not unlike your body with your health account.
It might be a good time to do a mindful check-up with regards to your heath and honestly assess if you are heading in the right direction. Keep in mind that it’s not only a matter of excessive and watching what and how much you eat. It’s also how you handle stress and react to events that take place in your life, as well as a number of other pertinent factors. If you need help you can hire a life coach like Terry Hodgkinson who have a number of talents and tools to help you improve.