Your health is in your hands “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do” H Jackson Brown Jr.
All inspirational quotes rely on two things; you, and as a result, you being healthy enough to do them! The trouble with health is it does not always heed the romantic rules, 20 years could be 20 days, weeks or months. The beauty and the beast of life is that you never know.
Society promotes the win at all costs approach to life, sport and business. Success in a materialistic and physical format is held in high esteem. There is an abundance of ‘motivational’ videos on YouTube where the merits of dedication at all costs to achieve your goal are promoted and well received.
I am yet to find a motivational health video. The terms holistic and balanced don’t tick our boxes. In life we feel we have to justify our actions and saying “I’m popping out to improve my overall health and wellbeing” does not seem a worthy cause. We are encouraged to be proactive in all things but health, by health I mean physical, mental, spiritual, not going to the doctors.
We struggle with moderation, it’s not really tangible or particularly cool. We’re all or nothing kind of beings. We’re either looking for the obvious rush, blood, sweat and tears, or the TV remote and take-out menu. None of which is really conducive with a balanced healthy approach to anything. When it comes to health, being good to ourselves as opposed to allowing others to be good to us is perceived to be inherently wrong. The obvious exception to this rule is quality ice cream, the gateway to all things good.
The middle road is not cool, never has been. We are more easily excited by the extreme. Health as opposed to fitness is arduous, consistency, focus and discipline (but in the uncool way). I’m not sure it was her plan but Elizabeth Cohead summed up the problem quite well “A sport is advanced by the handful of people who do it brilliantly, but it is kept sweet and sane by the great numbers of the mediocre who do it for fun”. Nobody want’s to be seen as mediocre, regardless of how we perform we’re aiming, in our own way, to be the best. That is of course unless we’re talking about our health. With health it often seems we strive to be mediocre, in order to help advance medical research.
Society is a heady mix of excess disguised as moderation, and determination. Creating an optimum context in which your body can heal, rebalance, and rejuvenate seems somewhat irrelevant until you are face to face with the implications of your inaction. At this point having laid some groundwork for a healthier approach seems an extremely brilliant idea. I’m not saying become a monk, move up a mountain and disconnect yourself from society just look after your health, little and often.
A quick overview of improving your health with Qigong:
- Daily Life Qigong – Doing things that are good, that you enjoy, with others or by yourself.
- Health Qigong – Making time for you and your body, creating an optimum context for healthy relaxation, regeneration and rejuvenation.
- Common Sense Qigong – Making time for yourself and others when doing things, so the quality is good and stress is low. Taking proactive steps to avoid irrational, fatigue and frustration based conflict.
Health Qigong enables the body and mind to ground itself, this not only has rejuvenation qualities but enables us to better enjoy Life Qigong and make decisions that reflect Common Sense Qigong and help make us happier people.
In conclusion it’s all about happiness and choice. If you don’t enjoy it don’t do it. Life is too short and it’s happening while you read this blog, “So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbour. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”