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Develop an obsessive attitude to live a healthy positive life

20/07/2015

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?

Remember the flight attendant’s advice:

You must put on your own oxygen mask first.

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. Diet
Follow a harmless plant diet. Healthy eating is one of the most important things you can do to improve your health.

Dr Peter D’Adamo is the author of “Eat Right 4 Your Type.” Through his research and writings this theory introduced the concept of genetically individualized nutrition. Also read T. Colin Campbell PhD and Thomas M Campbell II MD (2006) The China Study. This is one of  the most important books about nutrition ever written.

3. Exercise
Go beyond the trite advise. Exert yourself and do so daily. This is important. Inactivity can shave  years off your lifespan. People who are physically inactive place themselves at risk of heart disease or stroke. This is advise by Carl Gustav Jung.

4. Attitude

  • Be grateful
  • Stop blaming
  • Be generous and give your blood, for instance

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.

5. Follow a spiritual path of your choice
Select those bits that suit you as an individual (that is my recent approach). 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.

Living in a state of freedom from mass mind control is significant and achievable. I’m convinced that waking up people to the reality of a world controlled by fear and hypnotised by propaganda to control and enslave them is the answer to many of our problems. Just knowing that together we can out-think and out-smart government agencies and ultimately dismantle their psychological machinations should be enough to induce an end to chronic fear and a flow-on of health benefits into everyone’s lives. Can you acknowledge and recognize these benefits of power and wonder of being truly free in your life—as never before? Step back and see this greater picture and you’ll understand and appreciate the overall message that will morph into an ever clearer image. The experience of waking up and freeing yourself from the mainstream media is analogous to entering the peace, quite, calm and tranquillity of a Buddhist monastery. You will never find the mainstream media in any such place. Never! Wake up!

7. Feelings/emotions
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 is summarized by three rules: 1) Accept all your feelings, 2) know your purpose(s), and 3) do what needs to be done.

8. 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.

9. 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.

10. Summary
Go for a walk. Learn a new language. Eat a balanced diet. Meet new people. Take up a new hobby. All of these pastimes are ways to keep your brain active, and reduce risk factors of developing dementia, and create cognitive reserve.

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