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Durability Your Ultimate Health Goal

Durability should be your ultimate health goal. That’s because the longer we live the greater the likelihood of something negative impacting our health.  Learn how you can enhance your overall wellness with this goal.

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 Spiritual Technologies?

In essence, spiritual technologies are methods of developing your potential.  In short, these mental tools focus on expanding awareness and consciousness.  And, these processes stand up to the test of science – repeatable and measurable. Anyone can use them. It’s like baking a cake. If you follow the directions, you get something delicious. We call the practice of these processes Spiritual Exploration.

Of course, there are several ways to list these processes. It’s important to note some of these tools could easily be in more than one category:

  • Logical reasoning is one of the first tools we study. This includes the companion tools, spotting logical fallacies and logical axioms.   Above all, these are essential tools for any spiritual explorer.  They are able to sharpen your ability to discern fact from fiction.
  • Another important basic toolset is the “inner work” methods like The Enneagram Personality Profile.  These help us to understand the mechanisms of Ego, personality, and instincts. They also provide a doorway to understanding the virtues and gifts of the spirit.
  • Progressions of seated meditation are the heart of the practice.  This includes a range from Basic Mindfulness Meditation through Japa Meditation and the Siddhis of Patanjali.
  • Next, progressions of moving meditation. For instance, several methods of energy collection, like Forest Bathing, Qigong, and Tai Chi.
  • Awareness and consciousness expansion pathways such as  Lucid Dreaming and the Shamanic Journey or Guided Meditation.
  • And last but not least, several healing modalities, such as Reiki, and Shiatsu.
In Conclusion

Durability should be your ultimate health goal. That’s because the longer we live the greater the likelihood of something negative impacting our health. Don’t just survive, but thrive.

If this article resonates, there are more on our blog.  Also, you may be interested in learning about our blended learning process.  This is our curriculum which we use to teach several mind-expanding tools.  It also aligns the Hero’s Journey.  This is the term Joseph Campbell gave the pattern of consciousness development.  Our learning process is available in two forms.  You can take part in the virtual learning module or in our workshops.

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