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Health is a state of mind as well as a state that the body and mind either has or does not have. We often take our health for granted and do things that are detrimental to the body such as improper eating, lack of exercise, lack of mental calmness and fortitude, abuse of substances, and more. We cannot abandon the mind/body connection in this life unless we are dead set against living. The fact is living can be hard at times. However, I always find that much better than the alternative.
Dr. Jan Chozen Bays author of How to Train a Wild Elephant & Other Adventures in Mindfulness (2011), has a great exercise that I recommend for everyone who feels limited in health of mind, body, and/or spirit. She is a physician and Zen teacher who has written this great book filled with easy exercises to invite mindfulness, meditation, and concentration into our lives in a fun and playful way!
She calls this exercise “Loving-Kindness for the Body” below are the directions for the exercise.
The Exercise: For one week, practice loving-kindness toward the body. Spend at least five or ten minutes a day with this practice. It could be during your meditation time. Sit down in a comfortable chair and breathe normally. On each in-breath, be aware of fresh oxygen and vital energy entering your body. On each out-breath, send this energy throughout your body along with these silent words: “May you be free from discomfort. May you be at ease. May you be healthy.”
Eventually you can simplify this process by just saying “ease” with the out-breath. Any time during the day when your attention is drawn toward your body (when you see yourself in a mirror or when you feel discomfort), send loving-kindness to the body, even if only briefly (page 211).
A healthy body, mind, and spirit makes life so much more fun! I hope you’ll try it out and let me know how it goes! I hope you’ll buy her book and work through all of the exercises in it. Meet your good health today! It will transform your life in many ways! I know that from experience.
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Faith is a very broad topic and means many different things to many different people. How can I “meet” my faith today anyway? It’s not like faith is walking down the street in a shiny new pair of shoes and a red dress or a blue suit. James Russell Lowell said “Science was faith once.” And my favorite Unity minister and author H. Emily Cady wrote this about faith:
The word faith is one that has generally been thought to denote a simple form of belief based mostly on ignorance and superstition. Blind faith they have disdainfully chosen to call it—fit only for ministers, women, and children, but not a practical thing on which to establish everyday business affairs of life (page 71).
In the Lotus Sutra in Mahayana Buddhism it links the idea of faith to discernment.
“If any living beings who seek after the Buddha-way either see or hear this Law-Flower sutra [i.e. the Lotus Sutra], and after hearing it believe and discern, receive and keep it, you may know that they are near perfect enlightenment.
The same sutra asserts that the Dharma as a whole is difficult to grasp with mere words, and that ultimately only those bodhisattvas who believe with firm faith can penetrate its nature. The Buddha says:
This Law [Dharma] is inexpressible,
It is beyond the realm of terms;
Among all the other living beings
None can apprehend it
Except the bodhisattvas
Who are firm in the power of faith.
And thus we see that in both Christianity and Buddhism the idea of faith is important to help us live a fulfilling life. We all have faith in somethings and people and not in others. How hard it is to “keep the faith” in times of trouble, stress, and doubt. And yet if we believe in our self, in our capacity to love, to think, and to learn all things are possible.
Remember “all things are possible to those who believe.” For those who do not “believe” nothing is possible. You can only work up to your level of belief in life whether it is in education, employment, or love. If you cannot see yourself doing it, attaining it or gaining it –it will always be outside your grasp.
The skies the limit for those who believe and without hesitation move forward one step at a time toward it! Think back upon a time when you had doubt—what happened? Now think back upon a time when you had faith—what happened? Cady writes, “In some way, then, we understand that whatever we want is in this surrounding invisible substance, and faith is the power that can bring it out into actuality to us.”
So stay “firm in the power of faith” don’t walk toward it—run toward it and it will meet you beyond the horizon of doubt and mistrust!
 Cady, H. E. (1903) Lessons in Truth. Unity Village, MO: Unity Books
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