For many years, I have been fascinated with the mind, and have worked primarily in the domain of paradigms, mental models, beliefs, values, etc. The intense focus on the body over the past few days (partly influenced by the freshness of New Year resolutions) has certainly heightened my awareness of a vital aspect of life that I had long neglected – the Body. The consequences for neglect? Chronic backache, mild obesity, dangerously high cholesterol, lethargy, occasional pain in the knees and neck, and a host of other minor ailments.
After all, the body is the temple of your soul. Unless you also take good care of your body and keep it in good health, the joy, peace or satisfaction from your achievements will be short-lived. It’s hard to be sustainably joyful when you are sick or when your body is in pain. Attending to the soul’s longing, needs and dreams while neglecting the body is like shopping for beautiful furniture to fill a broken house. It is still sub-optimal, if not dysfunctional.
So, son, learn to take good care of your body. You have only ONE body, and it is with you wherever you are. Start young, and develop some good habits now. Sleep early, maintain good posture, don’t slouch, watch your sugar intake (avoid excessive sweet drinks – I know you love them), eat a balanced diet, exercise regularly, wear protective gear when you attempt dangerous stunts (I know I can’t stop you from doing that), rest when you are tired, drink lots of water (even when you don’t feel thirsty).
I’ve got a feeling that I might start sounding ‘naggy’ or peachy about this … like how your grandparents did to me when I was young. Trust me, as you will soon have no shortage of life experiences teaching you that when it comes to caring for our bodies, prevention is definitely far better (less painful) than cure.
Your Body-caring Dad