I believe an old testament biblical passage challenged both faithful and unfaithful to treat their bodies as temples.
I’ll type away today on practical aspects of bodily temples, trying to reflect back ~ 25 centuries when water was scarce, pork was forbidden(for good reasons at that time), and GMO foods weren’t problems… as contexts for words handed down to “us”.
If I am try to perform at my best, yet knowingly or unknowingly hurt or hinder my “corpus”, I am kidding myself.
Three(3) of those darned four (4) “S’s” of our daily lives are certainly AVOIDABLE or MITIGATED. Oxidative free radicals are generated in our “temples” by smoking, life’s stresses, sunlight exposure and exercise.
Duh – (1) Don’t smoke, (2) don’t get sunburned and wear hats/sunglasses to protect your eyesight) and (3) CHILL. That last one – being cool except in times of fight or flight – is tough for many rat race Americans – I know! How are your systolic and diastolic Blood pressure readings? Can you unwind before bedtime and sleep soundly.
Can you remember that we shouldn’t sweat the small stuff in life, and much of what we face is truly small stuff?
Duh – #4S DO Exercise regularly. My own peabrain model uses another “4S” model to make my pursued (or gained) temple possible:
(3) Stamina (endurance and capacity)
(4) Stability (Lumbar Pelvic Hip complex – your core and MORE!)
Yes – there is maintenance and upkeep! Yes – there are critical paths in your wellness project. Yes – “LIFE” gets in our way – if we allow it to…
I don’t always cite baseball legends as philosophers, though George “Yogi” Berra and Satchel Paige are referenced on occasion (yet so are Mae West and WS Fields).
For today, let’s go with a triad of Satchel Paige offerings,
a. “Ain’t no man can avoid being born average, but there ain’t no man got to be common.”
b. “You win a few, you lose a few. Some get rained out. But you got to dress for all of them” and
c. “Don’t eat fried food, it angries up the blood.”
Can we affirm and reaffirm that we don’t need to be common? Can we remember to get dressed for all of them? Can we keep our blood from getting “angried“?
Let’s try to avoid 3 of the 4 oxidative stressors which some call “rusts” (and treat out bodies exceedingly well after we exercise).
Let’s strengthen and sustain our bodily temples with stretches, strength, stamina and stability regimens OFTEN.
Let’s work are keeping our bodies as amazing “structures” to be appreciated, admired and CHALLENGED to put life in our years.
Looking ahead (someone may be gaining on us 🙂 )