Of Sound Mind and Body

It seems to me that it is becoming increasingly difficult to be of sound mind and body in the world we’ve created for ourselves. We surround ourselves with all types of toxic substances – plastics, VOCs, chemicals and impurities – all the while increasingly isolating ourselves form the experience of the great outdoors. More often than not, the climate is controlled when we’re at home, while we travel around in our vehicles and while we’re at work and the air we breathe indoors in well-constructed, air-tight homes is often more deleterious to our health than the polluted air outside.

The environmental xenobiotics affect more than our bodies, in fact, they also impair our mental function. The extracellular matrix is increasingly befouled and research now shows that our cells themselves are being compromised by the increasingly toxic food we eat, air we breathe and water we drink. Such is the price of progress.

I mention these trends not to alarm or bemoan, but instead to raise awareness. The world we live in is the net result of the choices made by the body of humanity in the moments prior to the present. Change the choices and you change the world. It is that simple. Change your choices and you change your world.

Of even greater importance than what goes into you, in my book, is that which flows out of you. You have a choice as to whether your expression blesses and uplifts, purifies and inspires no matter how toxic the world around your might be. If that which flows out of you is not pristine, or at least the finest of which you are presently capable, the work you do on your body or mind will be of little import, for you will be like an attractive piece of fruit with a rotten core…worthless and unsatisfying.

Any step you take in the direction of greater soundness of mind or body influences the world beyond you. You are a part of a whole, a connected albeit not always integrated whole, whether you like to admit it or not. I’d like to challenge you, dear readers, to deliberately choose this weekend to move in the direction of soundness, be it of body, mind or heart.

9 thoughts on “Of Sound Mind and Body

  • A healthy challenge for sure! I agree with the idea what comes from us is most important. I think because we do have control over it. That is the choice that reflects the soundness of our minds & hearts and the individuality of our purpose. Nice way to start the day, thanks!

  • An old Cherokee chief is teaching his grandson about life: “A fight is going on inside me” he said to the boy. It is a terrible fight between two wolves. One is evil: He is: anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, jealousy, false pride, ego. The other is good. He is: joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, hunility, kindness, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion, faith. The same fight is going on inside of you, and every other person. And the grandson asked “Which wolf will win?”. The old chief simply replied, “the one you feed”.

    The Story of Two Wolves, as told by the Cherokee

  • Thank you for this. Because the world is the sum of the choices that we make, it is also our choice to move in the direction of soundness in body and mind. This absolutely means that we need to agree and say “I will move in the direction of sound body and mind”‘ but it also means that we need to make the choices that come up after that which will actually move us in that direction. I bet if you thought of something you could begin right now!

  • Great timing for this post! I just switched out all our household cleaners to non toxic ingredients. I’ve been working step by step on making changes in the quality if food, cleaning and personal care products – just one level to implement a non toxic lifestyle. But so true that the nontoxic lifestyle must include screenIng all levels of toxicity. So much to think about, thanks for the great starting points!!

  • Indeed, choices abound in terms of what we take in and we with bring forth. To recognize that these personal choices contribute towards integrating the world around you certainly brings much more gravity to the situation. Every choice and every consideration broadcasts a message, and I would rather it be one of healing and bringing together. When the chips are down, things can look rather gray and choices may seem slim, but these moments are perhaps some of the most critical ones in terms of how we choose to move forward. The negative pressures out there heavily tax our adaptive systems, but we can indeed transform them within us to a message of blessing if there is conscious deliberate intent. Let us not let these pressures rot our core, for there is too much at stake!

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