Due to my Catholic roots, I enjoy giving up something that is unhealthy for Lent. If you give up the right thing, it is a healthy change and a good way to test self-control. But, what happens after Lent?
After you are off the hook from your religious requirements, what happens to that unhealthy habit?
Is the habit a vice or an indulgence?
If I can honestly say that my habit is a vice, basically that it takes me away from what is truly important in my life, then it has to go. Sometimes removing yourself for 6 weeks from something just to see the result is well worth it to your overall health.
One thing I will never go without is a clear and healthy nerve system, and neither will my family for that matter. With this, you can and will adapt much better to your lifestyle, vices and all. It doesn’t mean the habits can be ignored. You should minimize as much stress to your body as you can. What I am saying is simply this:
A break from habits is a good thing. However, don’t forget the follow up that must be had to properly asses the damage after AND don’t forget what helps you adapt to these habits.
Change is inevitable. Change can be seen in all aspects of life, sometimes fast, and other times slowly. A newborn child changes rather quickly. Check this video out of one second of every day over one year of a child’s life: 365 days in 365 seconds
On the other hand, the changing of an oceanic reef takes thousands of years. Still changing, however unnoticeable to the human lifespan.
Here’s the important part of change. I see that we can decide to change, or we can have change thrusted apon us. I have had it both ways in my life. Both ways work, however making the decision to change on your own is much more empowering than changing by force.
What is the one thing that you need to change right now?
It takes work to get what you want. Sometimes it takes work to just get what you need. If health and happiness is what you seek, then it would stand to reason that it will take some work. How much work depends on two things:
1-Where you are.
2-Where you want to go.
In the most brutally honest fashion, it is imperative that a reality check occur on a regular basis. I suggest you use real, hardcore data to determine where you are. I use a few measures to tell me where I am, here are a couple that if not utilized, take precedent immediately:
1-Insight Subluxation Station- The nervous system controls every function of every cell, tissue, and organ in your body. Therefore, it would stand to reason that a healthy nervous system is vitally important as a measure of your health.
2-X-rays- Provide a picture of the condition of your spine. A healthy spine = a healthy nervous system. If there is degeneration present, then the amount of degeneration negatively affects your true health and happiness.
We’ll talk more about where you want to go next time.
Until then, find out where you are with your health. No excuses, reasons, complaining, or justifying allowed. Be honest with yourself. It takes work, however you will have a starting point…then and only then can change occur.
Change is a constant. Whether you have anything to do with it or not, change is occurring. Of course, that does not mean that the change that is going to occur is the one that we want to occur. This is where the fear of change emerges within us. We are not that happy with where we are, however we are more fearful of where we could go.
It seems to me that in order for a person to change their current state of health, they have to be more uncomfortable with where they are, than their comfort level with change itself. Only then will a shift occur within them that allows them to change their circumstances for the better.
Examine your current situation in it’s entirety right now. Does your health, in it’s current state, keep you from participating in an area of life that you would like to?
Sometimes we try to make things harder than they actually are. Why is it really necessary to know exactly how your nerve system works, in order to know that it should be interference free?
Usually the questions that we have about advice from a licensed professional are really not about the questions at all.
My guess is that the advice you hear may not be “easy”. However, we must remind ourselves that if we would like to keep the results that we are presently experiencing from the health advice we have taken until now, then no work at all is required.