Learn why the focus of your wellness program should be durability.
Why Durability is Important
There are a number of factors affect our mental and physical health. Because we are all different there isn’t one way to deal with them. We have different backgrounds different DNA, body types, and other genetic dispositions. The environment where we live and work complicate things further. What we do in our free time also impacts our health. Similarly, what we eat and drink affects our health greatly. Then we each have a variety of unique family and social influences. And lastly, there is the possibility of accidents and illness. All of these factors impact our health in one way or another. So, our health is actually a fragile thing.
Considering the above you see why durability is so important. And, the older we get the more important it becomes. The longer we live the greater the likelihood of something negative impacting our health. That’s why being durable should be your ultimate health goal. It makes you less likely to suffer illness or injury. And, if you do become sick or hurt, you’ll recover more quickly.
training for durability
When you see the word training you probably think of physical exercise. And, proper exercise is an important element of our overall health. However, many health experts think that what we eat and drink are even more important. Similarly, our mental health has a close relationship with our health and wellness. For these reasons, these elements should be a part of our “training for durability”.
Since we are all different there isn’t one plan that fits everyone. However, there are a number of elements that apply to everyone. Where you start and how you start depends upon your current level of mental and physical health. Here are the factors you should include in your plan:
Proper diet. Unfortunately, this is the first and more important element. The food you eat is either helping to sustain or harm your health. In general, the more processed and the greater the shelf life of the food, the less nutritious. In fact, “fast food” isn’t really food. It’s a food-like substance. It may taste good but actually is harmful to your health.
Proper exercise. We all have bodies. How we use it and exercise it either makes you healthier or decreases your health. Exercise has a huge impact on your mental health. But, if we don’t train our bodies properly we lose vital physical and mental capabilities. In general, an exercise program should include the following elements:
- resistance training for slow and fast twitch muscle groups,
- cardiovascular exercise,
- flexibility, balance, and stretching exercises
Durability and the Spiritual Path
Many of the greatest stories of the Sages and Avatars happen in the wilderness. They travel to remote places, the wilderness or climb mountains. And, while doing this strenuous activity, have time to meditate. Some spend days and months in remote isolated places. Hiking in the wilderness is physically and mentally demanding. So, in order for these Sages to travel and stay in the wilderness, they had to be in good shape. They had to forage for food, find shelter from the weather. Plus they obviously had enough energy left to engage in extraordinary spiritual adventures.
This is a lesson and example we can use today. Everyone can engage in some level of spiritual exploration. The Enneagram Personality Profile is a good example. If you are able to read and answer written questions you can determine your default personality and instinctual settings. This is very useful information which helps you understand your default settings for values and behaviors. This is available to almost everyone. You need to be honest in your answers. You can use it even if you have mental health issues. In fact, it is a process which many clinicians use to help people. Not all spiritual technologies have “off the shelf” usability. The more advanced levels of meditation, like the Siddhis of Patanjali, for example. What are the spiritual technologies that are available?
What are the Spiritual Technologies?
It is possible to categorize these life-changing processes in any number of ways. We like this simplified method. Keep in mind some of these technologies can actually be in more than one category. These processes include:
- The application of logical reasoning. This includes both deductive and inductive reasoning. Plus several “logical tools” to sharpen the ability to discern fact from fiction.
- Utilizing The Enneagram Personality Profile. A tool to understand the mechanisms of Ego, the personality, and instincts. It’s also a doorway to understanding the virtues and gifts of the spirit.
- Progressions of seated meditation. Basic Mindfulness Centering exercises through Japa Meditation and the Siddhis of Patanjali
- Progressions of moving meditation. These include energy collection, Forest Bathing, Qigong, Tai Chi, Tei Ke.
- Healing modalities including but not limited to Pejut, Reiki, and ShiatsuAwareness and consciousness expansion pathways like Forest Bathing, Lucid Dreaming, and the Shamanic Journey.