By Hakeem Alexander
(Exercising Your Mind) I have spent many dedicated and disciplined years of study, practice and teaching the various elements of Healthy Living and Self-Defense.
Because of this, I am increasingly more aware of how being healthy, in body and mind, is very truly the definition of wealth.
I understand this because even though I am not dripping gold coins and Benjamins ($100.00 bills), I am generally very content and satisfied with my being. Most of my time is spent in joyfully exploring thoughts and activities related to nutrition as biochemistry and physics as martial-arts.
Not because I am obligated by anyone or organization to do so, but because I am curious and enjoy it. There are many other methods and activities I am involved with, but nutrition and martial-arts research and application are the main focus of the majority of my time.
Every day people are seeking something more to their lives. Something they feel is missing that when obtained will make them happier and more complete. Perhaps a lost part of themselves, or something yet undiscovered.
I do not believe people will ever find what they are looking for unless it is physical and mental health that they focus on. True wealth is great health of mind, body and spirit.
That is, you will be the most joyful, happy, content and fulfilled as you move towards those thoughts and actions that generate and sustain the optimum functioning of your body and the ultimate environment for your mind.
I naturally look very good in my clothes without having to spend a fortune because of the functional form my body has maintained. I am not constantly searching for some object to purchase or some gizmo to possess that will satisfy me.
I don’t have to cover up with make-up or other accessories to be attractive, because my outstanding health is captivating. This is not bragging or putting anyone else down. This is simply my truth as I happily and respectfully understand it.
I have been around “friends” who love to smoke, drink, stay up late “partying” and abusing their bodies, minds and dignity in all kinds of creative ways. I have even participated in these events.
But I very quickly lose interest in this behavior because it just leads to an unfulfilling cycle, over and over again. And just to recapture the “excitement” of it all, the process has to be repeated, and there is nothing useful to be gained from this that I have found. Addiction. It is just not for me.
A party to me is gathering some beautiful, healthy people, putting on some music, using the rhythm to inspire some acro-gymnastic, martial-arts frenzy, and finish off with some clean water, tea or coffee, organic veggies and responsibly produced Mexican food. I might have a different idea of party than you do.
Instead, I find a great sense of accomplishment and satisfaction by writing articles, lyrics and poems, composing, recording and publishing music, practicing yoga, capoeira, boxing, wrestling, sprinting, walking outdoors, meditating, eating delicious, healthy food, sleeping and lucid dreaming.
And as an added benefit, I get to share these experiences with like-minded, progressive thinkers and activity partners; my true friends. life would not be complete without sharing good things with good people. This is a short list. I am pretty sure that I am not missing out on anything in life.
I have heard a saying that “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”. I sure do know that this is the truth. Unfortunately, this is not the thinking of most other mortals who share the Earth with me.
Too often, preventable challenges develop into severely debilitating diseases. And it is not simply that people are just over-eating and being lazy; only that most folks are not progressively and independently thinking about their over-all health. This is especially true when it comes to the quality of nutrition that people are consuming.
The way I understand it, many emotional, personal, psychological, social, economic, and other relationship issues with ourselves and others may be remedied by exploring the many different ways of optimizing the health of the physical body.
You might think that pharmaceutical companies, research scientists and most medical doctors are already doing this, but you would be DEAD WRONG. What I understand to be more effective is using food for fuel and building material, and activity for exercise and recreation.
I have been fortunate enough through many years of disciplined practice, to have a very personal understanding that eating healthy food, exercising moderately and regularly and getting plenty of sleep, has kept me in a very happy and generally content state of being.
I also know that it has saved me thousands of dollars in medical expenses. I do not frequently get colds and flu, except about every 3 to 4 years, I heal very quickly from sports-related injuries, I am usually in a good mood, and I am always gainfully employed with some task that is fulfilling and fascinating to me.
I do not drive my car and ride the bus to get around most of the time because I am rarely in a rush to be anywhere. I do not own a television and have not for years and do not miss it.
I do not listen to the radio or read newspapers. I do not even have a bed, instead I sleep in a sleeping bag on a concrete floor with lots of comfortable pillows. And I sleep very, very well, in quiet peace and luxurious contentment. So much wonderful sleep, that I have the luxury to explore lucid-dreaming almost every single night.
My personal belongings are clothes, musical instruments and lots of books and other reading and writing materials, my phone and a laptop. That is pretty much it. A lot of people would be miserable with the minimum possessions that I claim.
But since by default I have my mental clarity and peace traveling around with a healthy and highly functioning physical body, I am virtually worry free and quite fulfilled.
It may be no surprise to most however, that it took me a bit of reflection to come to this conclusion because I had to change my thinking to become more aware. A gradual, revolutionary process.
But I love cliches, and one that I have put to good use is the one that says to “count your blessings”. Counting my blessings has been a practice I have been employing for years also, because it is simple like me.
It also has remarkable and profound benefits. It took me many years just to count all of my blessings. I have been writing them down. I have realized with enormous GRATITUDE that my blessing are primarily the result of healthy living.
This is The HypnoAthletics Healthy Living and Self-Defense Revolution. It is a personal philosophy that has been working very well for a long time. It is evolving and improving.
It is not perfect, and of course I do not claim that I am. What I do understand is that I am much better off being happy and content because I am healthy, rather than being afraid and worrying for my possessions, and being uncomfortable in my body. It is a revolution that I will continue to share for the benefit of all whom it effects.