Creating a healthy mind and body

In spirituality we say that there are three things which affect your longevity: hurry, worry and curry. These are three bad habits that can ruin a person’s good health. I think worry is the worst one as it is the hardest to control. A man leaves his house at 7.15 every morning to get to work. Today he’s running ten minutes late because he overslept. As he leaves his house he realises he has forgotten his watch on the dressing table. He asks his wife to run and get it for him as he leaves, she does so and he rushes out of the door to run for the bus. As he gets on the bus he looks at his watch and realises he would not make it in time for his meeting at work. It’s 7.30 and his meeting starts at 7.45. It takes thirty minutes to get there on the bus. He asks the bus driver to hurry up because he’s running late. If he had been on time, instead of rushing out of the door to get the bus the man could have said a loving goodbye to his wife. Instead of telling the bus driver to hurry up which caused stress to two people he could have been using his time on the bus to prepare himself for the day. Rushing around causes stress and is bad for the heart. I used to rush around a lot, now I am more organised and it definitely helps me to enjoy the journey more.

I believe that worry may be due to a lack of faith or a lack of effort. It causes stomach problems and results in anxiety. Your child is late getting home from school and you start to get worried as they’re not answering their phone. You ring their best friend who has not seen them since they left them at the gate which causes you more worry. It’s been an hour now that they’re late and you start imagining all the bad things that could have happened to them. The worry vibrations reach the child and start to make them feel anxious. You could have utilised this time in sending them good wishes. The child would then be in a positive frame of mind. My parents always worried about me as a child and it definitely made me more anxious. Sending good wishes however I think would result in a child being more confident. The use of meditation is proven to reduce worries and anxiety and some GPs are even prescribing it to help eliminate the negative feelings and help regain control of the mind. More about how to meditate can be found in Brahma Kumaris Sister Jayanti’s book called “The Power of Meditation” I used to worry a lot and now I’m much more carefree as I’m able to concentrate my mind more which helps me relax.

Curry stands for greed for food and eating unhealthy food. Being greedy and overeating speeds up your heart rate in the short term and causes obesity in the long term. Obesity can result in heart disease, diabetes and many other physical health complications. “Nutritional studies confirm that vegetarians are healthier and less prone to heart disease, high blood pressure, cancer, diet-related diabetes, obesity, arthritis, rheumatism, constipation, kidney disease, and, of course, food poisoning.” This information was taken from the Brahma Kumaris cook book Food & Soul”. Moderate exercise is also highly recommended of course. It is recommended that adults aged 19-64 should do at least 150 minutes (2 hours and 30 minutes) of moderate intensity aerobic activity such as cycling or fast walking every week. I don’t get time to do much exercise so I try to walk as much as I can in the mornings. It can reduce your risk of major illnesses, such as heart disease, stroke, diabetes and cancer by up to 50% and lower your risk of early death by up to 30%. I always find that walking uplifts my mood and helps me to stay positive. A healthy mind and body will help you live longer and enjoy a better quality of life.

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