Durability is the key to our health and wellness. Learn why this should be your focus.
Why Your Durability is Important
Durability becomes more important the longer we live. That’s because the older we get the greater the likelihood of something negative impacting our health. Our ultimate health goal is to enjoy life as much as possible. Learning how you can enhance your overall wellness durability is the best way to get the most out of life.
There are several factors affect our mental and physical health. Because we are all different, there isn’t one way to deal with them. We have unique 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.
Then we each have a variety of unique family and social influences. And last, there is the possibility of accidents and illness. These factors impact our health to some extent. We take our health for granted, but it is a fragile thing.
Considering the above, you see why your durability is so important. It makes you less likely to suffer illness or injury. And, if you become sick or hurt, you’ll recover more quickly.
Training for Your Ultimate Health Goal
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 what we eat and drink is 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, several elements 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:
Unfortunately, this is the first and more important element. The food you eat is either helping to sustain or harm your health. The more processed and the greater the shelf life of the food, the less nutritious. In fact, “fast food” isn’t food. It’s a food-like substance. It may taste good but it is harmful to your ultimate health goal.
All our bodies are different. How we use it and exercise it either makes you healthier or decreases your health. Exercise has a tremendous 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
The way you combine these elements depends on your health needs. Remember to follow the advice of trained health professionals. This should take precedence over the opinions of political and religious sources.
Your 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, 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 had enough energy left to engage in extraordinary spiritual adventures.
This is a lesson and example we can use today. Your experience in life depends a great deal on your durability. Everyone can engage in some level of spiritual exploration. The Enneagram Personality Profile is an excellent example. It uses a questionnaire to determine your default personality and instinctual settings.
This is very useful information that 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. Mental health is an important part of your ultimate health goal.
In fact, it is a process that 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?
Spiritual technologies are tools for exploring consciousness. They result from generations of research by cultures around the world. These processes stand up to the test of science. They are repeatable and measurable. Everyone who can follow a process can use these tools. We call the practice of these processes spiritual exploration.
You can list these tools in several ways. Some fall into more than one group. We like this simple method of grouping.
The first group is several analytical tools to enhance critical thinking. The Enneagram Personality Profile is the first tool of our blended learning process. This tool provides insight into the mechanisms of ego, personality, and instinct.
The second group is the tools of logical reasoning. These tools help you to think logically and assess information using common sense. These tools are Logical reasoning, spotting logical fallacies, and logical axioms.
Next, a research tool we call Comparative Analysis. This is a process to help us explore and compare belief systems. This process is a scientific process form of comparative religious studies. Together these analytical tools give a solid foundation of common sense thinking. They sharpen your ability to discern facts from fiction.
Seated meditation is the heart of most spiritual practices. This includes a wide range of meditation techniques. It starts with Beginning Meditation and Mindfulness Meditation. It progresses to more advanced forms like Japa Meditation the Siddhis of Patanjali.
This is another foundational element that strengthens the mind-body connection. Moving meditation is another tool key to our health and wellness. This progression includes several methods of energy collection. Here we teach Forest Bathing, Qigong, and Tai Chi. It also includes more contemporary processes for Grounding. This includes techniques like Tree Grounding and Sun Gazing.
Pathways for expanding awareness include a variety of tools. This group includes practical tools like a Spiritual Journal and Automatic Writing. Here we introduce Lucid Dreaming, the Shamanic Journey, or Guided Meditation. There are also techniques for Third-Eye Awakening and soul memory awareness.
Healing practices are the last group. This branch includes Pe Jeut, Reiki, and Shiatsu. Self-care is an important element of this group. It is vital for normalizing our inner work and maintaining our health and wellness.
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.
Interested in spiritual exploration? Check out the blended learning process at the core of our teaching process. It reflects what Joseph Campbell called the Hero’s Journey. Our learning options include both face-to-face and virtual learning sessions. Please consider donating and supporting our mission. This helps others learn the knowledge for developing their path.
Joseph Campbell & Joseph Campbell’s book The Hero’s Journey, Wikipedia