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Develop an obsessive attitude to live a healthy positive life

18/09/2012

Thirty thousand days is an average lifetime, and as of today how many days do you have to live until your time is up? How will you use these remaining days? What is the purpose of these remaining days? Remember the flight attendant’s advice: “You must put on your own oxygen mask first.”

Live healthy

1. Create your personal manifesto
A personal manifesto is a written declaration of our individual values and intentions in life—and, is unique to the individual concerned. Writing our discoveries down in the form of a manifesto forces us to locate our clarity and becomes a constant source of inspiration, that may be read daily and a medium through which our present self can correspond with our future self.

When I’m dying I’ll care about who I am and how I arrived there and how I lived my life and about what I tried. I’ll care about whether or not I took the risks my dreams required, whether I was willing to put it all on the line for something I believed in. I will care about the many losses experienced in my life. I’m thinking in particular of spiritual ones that are more associated with deeply felt scarred emotions. And, it seems that at one level I should be able to recommence the search but at another are lost – forever.

2. Follow a healthy diet
Follow a harmless vegetarian diet enhanced with cayenne pepper powder to maintain a healthy heart. Increase vegetables and fruits, eliminate grains and dairy products from your diet. Following a healthy diet is one of the important things you can do to improve your health.

3. Exercise for a healthy life
Go beyond the trite advise about exercise. Exert yourself and exercise daily. This is important for a healthy life. Inactivity can shave years off your life span. People who are physically inactive place themselves at risk of heart disease or stroke.

4. Your attitude
Develop an empathetic and compassioned attitude. Don’t treat others exactly as you’d want them to treat you. They may not like it! Be friendly and helpful, and listen to others. Overcome your prejudice, and stop criticising others. Be grateful. Stop blaming. Be generous and give your blood, for instance.

5. Follow a spiritual path of your choice
Select those bits that suit you as an individual. For example. I can no longer abide the explanation that It is the sentient being’s karma that results in it being slaughtered and chopped-up for the dinner table. Actually, according to Buddhist theorists that same karmic perspective applies to all events that we as humans face and suffer and that extends to the full list of horrors. However, I also cannot abide that fatalistic explanation any longer.

6. Learn to recognise lies and how to counter propaganda techniques

If a person gave your body to any stranger he met on his way, you would be angry. Why then do you feel no shame in handing over your mind to be confused and mystified by anyone who tries to persuade you for his own advantage? ~A.C. Grayling (2011) The good book: a humanist bible (p.23)

Our leaders made a discovery of the sort that changes the destiny of nations – that they can successfully lie to us. Big lies! They lie to us constantly—because lies work as well or even better than facts do. Repeating lies works. Therefore, avoid mainstream media and in particular television news. Remember that mainstream media is harmful if swallowed.

Manipulation of the masses through a relentless never ending barrage of propaganda disguised as news and unremitting false advertising is designed to control and herd the cattle into the slaughterhouse.

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We are given the illusion of free choice, when in reality the choices are being made for us by a chosen few who think they know what is best. These puppeteers controlling the strings inhabit the financial, government and corporate halls of power. Their purpose is not to benefit society and its citizens but to protect their wealth and influence, using any means at their disposal. Propaganda to control the minds of a wilfully uninformed public has been their most potent weapon. 

7. Steer clear of the mechanistic medical model and big pharma
Big pharma control billions of dollars, influence research and what competition is allowed in the drug world. They need people sick and dependent on dangerous and expensive drugs. There has long been a systematic attack on the natural health movement, products and people who support health and keep you healthy. Big pharma needs to keep making money from our dependency on their drugs and an ill population. Who cares about getting people well and off medication?

In medicine, we see the dominating power of big pharma, spending millions to court doctors, influence research, (all once deemed unethical) all the while expanding the mechanistic model of the human body.

8. Your feelings
How you feel is important as a sensation and as an indicator for the present moment, but is uncontrollable: we don’t create feelings, feelings happen to us. Since feelings do not cause our behaviour, we can coexist with unpleasant feelings while still taking purposeful living action (accepting your emotions as they are and doing what needs to be done).

We are responsible for what we do no matter how we feel at the time. Feelings don’t control our behaviour. Blaming our feelings for our behaviour simply excuses unkind or irresponsible habits. Discarding such excuses, create more space for healthy living habits.

This method maybe summarized in three rules: Accept all your feelings, know your purpose(s), and do what needs to be done.

9. Face your fears
Confront what scares you. Being fearful does not represent weakness but rather humanity. Show me the person who fears nothing and I’ll show you an idiot.

Fear will stop you from pursuing your dreams, and could cause you to give up and give in, keeping you a prisoner in your comfort zone. If you’re healthy, you feel good. If you feel good, you look good. If you feel good and look good and have a vision for your future, you feel even better. If you’ve got all that plus the knowledge how to stay that way, you feel amazing.

10. Your relationships
Keep away from toxic people. As an under graduate student I read psychology and was drawn, in particular, to the writings and ideas of an old codger named Fritz Perls who was a gestalt therapist. Perls proposed that in all relationships people could be either toxic or nourishing towards one another. And the important thing that I can tell you is that there is a test to determine whether someone is toxic or nourishing in your relationship with them. Here is the test: You have to spent some time with this person and at the end of that time you observe whether you are more energised or less energised. Whether you are tired or whether you are exhilarated. If you are more tired then you have been poisoned. If you have more energy you have been nourished. The test is almost infallible.

11. Live these quotes by HH The Dalai Lama

  • Everyday, think as you wake up, today I am fortunate to be alive, I have a precious human life, I am not going to waste it.
  • Happiness is not something that comes ready made. It comes from your own actions.
  • The mind is like a parachute. It works best when it’s open.
  • Remember that sometimes not getting what you want is a wonderful stroke of luck.
  • If you think you are too small to make a difference, try sleeping with a  mosquito.
  • Take into account that great love and great achievements involve great risk.
  • Open your arms to change but don’t let go of your values.
  • Remember that silence is sometimes the best answer.
  • Spend some time alone everyday.
  • When asked what surprised him most about humans, HH The Dalai Lama replied: “Man sacrifices his health in order to make money. Then he sacrifices money to recuperate his health. And then he is so anxious about the future that he does not enjoy the present; the result being that he does not live in the present or the future; he lives as if he is never going to die, and then dies having never really lived.”
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