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.