What is the process behind Body, Breath and Mind?
It is our “factory setting” to be strong, lean and powerful. It is also within each and every one of us to have a mind that is at the pinnacle of a long process of evolutionary pressures.
We humans are the most powerful animal on the planet: not for our physical prowess so much as for our ability to adapt to harsh environments and for our intelligence. Put simply – we are amazing. An examination of what we have done is not always positive. However, no other species on the planet has been able to accomplish as much as we have. I could generate a long list of amazing challenges that humans have conquered, but I will let you fill in those blanks with your own list of benchmarks. The amazing thing in all of this is that we are all cut from the same cloth. The differences between individuals come from how each of us focuses our efforts.
Achieving maximum potential can seem daunting at first. We can easily be overwhelmed, and confused, by where to start. How do we control our development and evolution as individuals? The answer is one that we could only arrive at in the 21st century. Knowledge gained over time is cumulative. Millennia have passed for our species and we have been adding steadily to our understanding of the world. We have now progressed to a point where we can combine the latest in scientific understanding with the time-tested traditions that helped us survive and thrive under the harshest of environments. We can move through today’s understandings into the future, while standing on and respecting knowledge from the past. In this way we get the best of both worlds.
As you will see throughout this blog, what we think of as “objective science” in the 20th century has not always been correct. Indeed, it sometimes has been a combination of erroneous, misleading, and at times unquestionably corrupted ideas. There is a lot of information that we been led to believe is “truth” that needs to be discarded. This is especially the case with what doctors and scientists have labelled a “healthy diet”. We are facing sky-rocketing obesity, increasing heart disease, and frightening cancer rates. They support the idea that the established authorities were wrong about what and how we should eat. The diets of traditional “non-modernized” societies have been observed to contribute to significantly lower rates of the “modern” diseases mentioned above. That is why these illnesses are often called “diseases of civilization”.
It is up to us to fix it. We let the medical establishment and governments handle it for us in the past. The results of our apathy are as clear as day. This does not mean we should leave behind our modern lives, full of amazing conveniences and benefits, to move into a cave in the side of a mountain. But what we can do is take the best from our past, and combine it with the best of our present. This can only lead to a bright future.
The concept of Body, Breath and Mind is simple. A strong well-nourished body, combined with regular healthy breathing practices, leads to a sharp mind. This is what all traditional cultures have tried to teach us.
At the heart of “Body, Breath and Mind” is a sound diet based on real food. There are some tweaks along the way regarding supplementation and herbal medicine, but ultimately the benefit from this lifestyle revolves around real food. Real food prepared correctly is our past. Supplementation combined with an accurate understanding of how our bodies work is one of the benefits of the present. To be strong, healthy and vibrant, you need to build your body and mind with building blocks that both recognize. You can benefit from following these principles at any age, and while at any health status.
We also build our bodies through exercise and movement. This is a core principle of what is promoted in this blog. We do this through a combination of low level cardiovascular exercises, (oxygen-based) with heavy lifting (non-oxygen-based) exercise. This is part of a progression to the breathing and meditative aspect of Body, Breath and Mind.
The next level of Body, Breath and Mind is harnessing the power of the mind through meditation and breathing. Mediation is a misunderstood word for a lot of people. It does not mean shaving your head, singing songs which have only one note and moving to a remote forest. It is also not specific to the idea of the “Mystic East”. Forms of meditation have been followed all over the world. They are methods of gaining mental clarity. Meditation’s effects on the body as a whole also can be truly remarkable. We sometimes gain this clarity through various belief systems and religious practices, but the effect on the brain and the body, are the same. We know this through modern research.
We will also delve into modern technologies like Audio-Visual-Entrainment and Biofeedback and their ability to induce the same mental states as traditional practices. Meditation is one of the benefits of our past. Mind-body technology is the benefit of our present. If we want to be able to focus, we need to have a steady and skillfully controlled supply of oxygen to fuel brain cells.
After we have a strong and well-nourished body, and we have built a bridge through effective breathing, we finally have access to the incredible powers of our mind. When it comes to a strong mind, it can only rest upon and be part of a firm body.
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