Imagine a world where most of the people were healthy in mind, body and spirit. How would we treat each other? Would there still be war? Would there be drug and alcohol abuse? Would we nurture our home, Mother Earth? I think this is what Jesus meant when he said the Kingdom of Heaven is among us. He also said, "Seek first the Kingdom of Heaven and all else will be added to you." I think he was talking about being healthy in mind, body and spirit.
The way to a better world is for each of us to put our own health as our #1 priority. Is this selfish? We are all like cells of a larger organism, humanity. If the cells aren't healthy, how can humanity be healthy?
The secret is for each of us to do this unilaterally. This is not an easy path. It is man and womankind's last great adventure. There will be no real change for the better in the world until most of us are healthy. Look at history. We keep making the same mistakes, generation after generation. Times change, but human nature remains the same.
Take some time apart to sit down and reflect. How is the health of your mind, body and spirit? Abraham Maslow's characteristics of a self actualized person are a good reference point for mental and emotional health. Check your physical health using the President's Council on Fitness guidelines. The four gospels of the Bible, Matthew, Mark, Luke and John provide some of the best spiritual teaching anywhere.
Make a leap of faith. Start improving your health in small ways. See how your life and the lives of those around you improve when you start taking better care of yourself. Don't be satisfied comparing yourself to other people, see how you measure up to the ideal. Aim for the stars.
David Stearns 12/97
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