Five Things to Do for Vigorous Health…the next five pieces are devoted to the results of a five-year study on how people achieved a robust health, and a good life.
A nutrition expert in the U.K. recently completed research with over 1,000 people, over a five year period.
From the 1,000 people involved, he drilled down to the healthiest 101 people, and asked them what they considered to be the main contributory factors to their good health. Here’s what resulted;
Eighty five percent said that state of mind was the most important factor in a healthy life. All agreed that this was far more important than most people realised.
All of them believed we have more influence in that area than we realize. Therefore, they were all willing to search and do whatever they could to help themselves in this regard. In other words, they took responsibility for their own state. This would appear to be big factor in the achievement of a happy and a healthy life; the element of chance was minimised.
To this end, they all practised some kind of system that helped keep their minds on that objective, and they were all scrupulous in their practice.
Some did tai-chi, or yoga, or breathwork, or similar types of vital-energy exercise that focused the mind, calmed the nervous system, and tended to be done in solitude, or at least a quiet place, if done in a group.
Of the eighty five percent, over eighty percent believed in a Higher Power of some kind, to which they have recourse, and from which they could seek a personal guidance in their lives.
Some of the remaining twenty percent believed in the spirit of Man, and that this was a force in life that we just don’t understand. The remainder had no opinion about spirit, soul, or the existence of any spiritual factor.
The personal acceptance for the state we’re in seems to be growing. I’ve seen it over the years. Many, who’d previously associated the likes of yoga, tai-chi, Chi-gung, or even Mindfulness, as some kind of blind allegiance to the World of Wishful Thinkers, are opening their minds to the benefits that these practices can bring.
No more are they thought of as obscure, questionable acts. Many names in the business world and the entertainment world have endorsed the systems they’ve used. When the likes of Ray Dalio, investment banker, actor Tom Hanks, to name only two, give their approval to the habit, others think twice before dismissing it.
And often that’s all that’s needed, a closer look.
The best practices tend to be simple; not necessarily easy, but simple. It takes a bit of discipline, persistence and determination to inculcate them into the mind.
A bit, not much. But the rewards greatly outweigh the bit of change.
I’ve seen people over the years learn how to cope, deal with, endure and overcome things that they state would have overwhelmed them had they not taught themselves the systems they used.
It’s a good thing to do, and an even better thing to know we can learn it.
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