Hello Friends. I hope you have had a wonderful and refreshing month since last we had a chat. Why? Because I am a lovely kind of gal – Sure! But also because I care about you enough to share a few points with you that will challenge you to New York and back! It might be hard but I promise you it will be worth it.
Let’s look at this whole health and fitness thing a little differently than perhaps we have looked at it before. I was at work one night doing my thing when an elderly gentleman came up to me and asked me “Have you seen my keys?” This gentleman had set down his set of keys in a pigeon hole. Someone must have picked them up by accident and taken them home. He was a little annoyed because it was a remote control key and they happen to be expensive to replace. So this lovely old gent had a car sitting out in the car park -in perfectly good condition, nice, clean, shiny, well kept and quite appealing to the eyes from the outside as well as the inside – but unfortunately he couldn’t drive it anywhere. It was useless without the key. In the end, his wife found a spare key and everything was all well and good.
Now I am sure you are probably wondering why on earth I am going on about lost keys and nice looking cars. Well friends, it is an analogy. Maybe it’s a picture of your life. I will let you be the judge on that one. But let’s take the illustration a bit further.
Say this car is us. The shiny, sturdy exterior and well kept interior is an illustration of our bodies when we are fit, healthy, muscular, lean or buff and well structured. It is strong. It is in good condition. The fuel (Petrol/Diesel/Gas – No toilet humour intended) is a picture of everything you put in your mouth. The condition of the motor is a picture of the health of your heart, lungs, digestive system etc. The body, interior, engine and fuel of the car is a picture of our physical state.
This old gent had a fantastic car. He had the right fuel in it. He had taken good care of it as you would expect of someone who doted over their pride and joy. But all this is a bit useless if he didn’t have any keys. It might be easy to look at the car analogy from the fuel and conditioning side of the picture. But what is the key a symbol of? A key to what?
We can obsess over fitness and health all we want but where are we going with it? This is the difference that the golden key of fitness brings. It is the balance, the motivational force and the great focuser.
Let’s look at my friend Sally. She loves doing weights. Her favourite muscle group to train is legs. She loves her squats and dead lifts. She is a strong woman. To look at, she is attractive. You can tell that she is fit. She does her weekly service (Car analogy again: But with Sally it’s spray tans, nails, facials etc). She clothes herself in the finest. She walks with poise and elegance. She is a spirit. She lives in a body. She has a soul (Mind, will and emotions). Sally keeps this all in perspective. That is what makes her tick.
Keeping in mind that she is a spiritual being, she also needs to learn how to look at her life in a spiritual sense. Every one of us needs to learn to do this. Otherwise we forget who we are. If we are only focusing on appearance, we are getting things a little bit lop-sided. We need to always remember the three parts that make up every human life – body, soul and spirit.
What is the key to your life? The car has got everything. Sally has got everything. I am guessing that you are thinking that the key is the spiritual aspect that actually gets the car to move. If that is what you are thinking, you are right.
We need to take care of all three parts – body soul AND spirit. The body is where we exercise (squats, dead lifts, bench press, lat pull down – full body workout). Nutrition is instrumental in the health of the body. It is the fuel that enables us to go. You wouldn’t put diesel in a gas tank would you? So why do we fill our bodies with junk that is useless to it and actually makes more hard work for the digestive system?
The soul is something which all of us need to make sure we are keeping in balance otherwise we make our bodies sick. How many times have you seen friends or family go off on stress leave or come down with an illness due to stress, depression or the like? The area of thinking is not one that we can take lightly. Great power can come out of a mind that is well disciplined and conditioned. But great destruction can also come out of the same mind. I don’t want a destructive engine running my car. I don’t want a destructive mind running my life.
In life’s balance, the body and soul is the obvious bit. It is easier to throw the focus on. The spiritual aspect is the bit that many of us take a lifetime to master. Sadly some of us never master it at all. Why am I talking about the spiritual aspect anyway? Because it is the key that gives everything else purpose. It is the key that turns the engine over. It is the thing that brings it all together. Without looking after our spirituality, we are in fact ignoring a major part of our purpose and indeed our being.
Are you looking after your spirit? You need to. I am putting it bluntly. Without it there can be no balance, no driving force and no sustainable future. Without the deep inspiration that comes from a healthy spirit, we can only exhaust our physical and mental resources. My theory is that if we are not taking steps forward in our spiritual life, we are taking steps backward. This is how, in my belief, many of us have fallen into frustration and resentment over the lives we are living when in fact we are among the most blessed people in the world. There is no more harmony in the world because there is no harmony in our own spiritual lives. This is where it all starts.
Good questions to ask when it comes to this topic are these: Who are you? What are you living for? What do you want to live for? What type of person do you want to be? Heck, I saw an episode of “Everybody Loves Raymond” where even he was thinking about it. Surely if it is big enough for a comedian to touch on, it’s an issue.
Seriously though, take some time to think about your spirit and take action towards looking after it. Don’t go looking here there and everywhere and delving into anything weird. Simply devote some time to the search out the answer to the question as old as time itself – the search for why we are here on earth in the first place.