Balancing your life in times of crisis is difficult. Here are five practical steps to help you achieve this goal.
Balancing Your Health and Wellbeing
Here are five practical 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 result in noticeable positive changes. The more of these, you can put in place the better.
Let’s start with a definition of health and wellness.
“Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.” — World Health Organization (WHO)
Five Practical Steps
1) Reduce Cultural Noise
Stop listening to major news outlets and talk radio which promotes religious or political rhetoric. Elitists, extremists, and separatist propaganda are addictive. The ego loves it because it can maintain control.
Religious and political propaganda fills our cultural narrative. There is a constant tension between science and religion. This tension can result in a condition known as cognitive dissonance. This, in turn, creates depression and fear. 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.
2) Use a Spiritual Journal
Take time to write down your ‘own’ thoughts and feelings in a notebook or spiritual journal. Write whatever comes to mind. This is a good way to identify the programming of the cultural narrative. Once you see, you can begin purging it from your beliefs and self-talk. Within a week you should feel much better.
3) Read Books
Read a book on spirituality. Something outside of your paradigm. This will open your mind to other possibilities. It will increase your analytical abilities. This is because it makes it easier to consider ideas outside of your current beliefs. You will become less fearful of ideas outside of your sacred ground.
It’s important to learn and incorporate the right type of meditation. This is one element critical to balancing your health and wellbeing. The right type of meditation can access the 4th state of consciousness. The spiritual technique we use to reach this state is Japa Meditation. The more well-known version of this technique is known as Transcendental Meditation.
The 4th state of consciousness is known by several names. For example, Samādhi is the common Indian term from (Sanskrit) Samādhi, sama, meaning “together,” and dhi, meaning “mind.” People also refer to it 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. This includes the full range of wellness, physical, mental, and spiritual. So, this includes both seated and moving methods of mindfulness meditation. Mindfulness is different 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 groupthink manipulation tactics. This is the tool of the cultural narrative. Organized religion is the primary source of this propaganda mechanism. Many people believe religion is the fast food of spirituality.
Create your own plan incorporating these five steps. This 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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Joseph Campbell & Joseph Campbell’s book The Hero’s Journey, Wikipedia