Balancing your life in times of crisis is challenging. Here are five steps to help you achieve this goal.
Balancing Your Health and Wellbeing
Our mental and physical health affects every aspect of life. The modern world places our overall health secondary to profit. So, it’s prudent to structure our lives to include tactics that bolster our health. It becomes more critical and challenging during a health crisis like a pandemic.
Let’s start our discussion with a definition of health and wellness.
Health is a state of complete physical, mental, and social wellbeing and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity. — World Health Organization (WHO) (1)
Here are five steps you can take to improve your health and wellbeing. They are practical but not necessarily easy. That’s because these simple steps go against the cultural narrative that keeps us bound. Implementing just one of these practices will cause noticeable positive changes. The more of these steps you can put in place, the better.
Five Practical Steps to Balance Your Health:
1) Reduce Cultural Noise
Stop listening to major news outlets and talk radio; these channels promote sectarian religious bias and prejudice. Spiritual elitism is harmful to you and everyone in your sphere of influence. The ego loves this programming because it can maintain control through triggering fear and anger.
Religious and political propaganda program our society with unhealthy negative bias and prejudice. There is a constant tension between science and religion, and this tension can cause a condition known as cognitive dissonance. This mental state creates depression and anxiety. When we react to fear instead of reason, we are susceptible to groupthink manipulation. Fear can be addictive, even though it is harmful to our health.
The bottom line here is to unplug from religious programming and start questioning the cultural narrative. Reducing your exposure to this programming is the first practical step in balancing your health and wellbeing. Religious and political propaganda are two of the most potent mind-control tools which infect the cultural narrative. Understand that the focus of these tools is to trigger emotional responses. Most times, they fill these assertions with misleading or inaccurate information.
A good way to see this programming is using a spiritual journal. Journaling brings your inner thoughts to the surface, so it’s a good way to identify the cultural narrative’s programming. This simple tool will help you see and purge negative bias and prejudice from your beliefs and self-talk. Within a week, you should start to see some patterns in your thought life. This will help you see what harmful programming needs to be removed.
3) Read Books
Read a book on spirituality. Something outside of your paradigm. This will open your mind to other possibilities and increase your analytical abilities. Considering ideas outside of your comfort zone makes it easier for you to change your beliefs without triggering cognitive dissonance. You will become less fearful of ideas outside of your sacred ground, and it may even make you a freethinker.
It’s essential to learn and incorporate the right meditation that will enable you to reach the 4th state of consciousness. Meditation is the most overlooked element. Balancing your health and wellbeing requires a healthy foundation for the mind. The mind heals itself through rest. The proper meditation is like a reset switch. It allows you to access the transcendent state of silence. You obtain this state through meditation. We recommend the process known as Japa Meditation. The more well-known commercial version of this technique is Transcendental Meditation (TM).
You have probably heard the 4th state of consciousness described in several ways. For example, Samādhiis the common Indian term from (Sanskrit) Samādhi, sama, meaning “together,” and dhi, meaning “mind.” Other influential teachers refer to this state of awareness as bliss consciousness, pure consciousness, and transcendental consciousness. This state has metabolic characteristics that differ from waking, dreaming, and sleeping.
5) Physical Exercise
Engage in a regular DAILY exercise program designed to cover all aspects of general fitness from cardio and strength training to flexibility and stamina. The greater the number of these actions you can put in place, the greater the probability of moving past the inertia. These steps may not unshackle you from your life situations, but they will provide a greater level of clarity and enable you to balance with less stress.
Our recommendation is for a focus on durability. Physical durability includes the full range of wellness, physical, mental, and spiritual. So, this includes both seated and moving methods of mindfulness meditation. Mindfulness differs from Japa or TM listed above. However, they are easy to learn. You can teach yourself if personal instruction isn’t available.
When you suffer from depression, anxiety, and lack of inspiration, you are more susceptible to self-hypnosis and group hypnosis manipulation tactics. Organized religion is the primary source of this propaganda mechanism. Many people believe religion is the fast food of spirituality.
Create a plan of your own, which incorporates these five steps. It will make you more durable. And it will insulate you from the effects of groupthink manipulation. Balancing your health and wellbeing are essential elements of enjoying life.
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(1) World Health Organization, who.int
(2) Joseph Campbell & Joseph Campbell’s book The Hero’s Journey, Wikipedia