Why am I in this world? What is the purpose of my life? These are important questions for self reflection, introspection, well-being and meaningful life. The questions are part of several other fundamental inquiries about the human condition and the human experience which, much too often is not on the radar screen of most of us until the weight of the challenges, the aches and pains of life become heavy or unbearable. These fundamental inquiries include questions like: Why am I always unlucky? Why is my loved one afflicted with this potentially deadly disease? On the flip side: Why am I so successful and free of any serious health condition? In the midst of all these questions, we have to survive in a fast paced, hard charging society. We must periodically take “time out” to examine our lives.
We live in a hectic fast paced world. Even when we are not formally “AT WORK” we are attached to our hand held and ear connected devices. The negative medical and sociological consequences of this frenetic pace have been reported. For instance “Tech Neck” is a condition which medical practitioners now see frequently in teenagers and even young adults. These young men and women develop neck pain because, for several hours in the day, they are looking down on their hand held electronic gadgets. This neck position (flexion) increases the amount of weight the neck has to support compared with the weight in the neutral position when one is looking straight ahead. The frequent flexion of the neck for long periods of time result in shortening and tightening of the muscles of the neck and wear and tear in the spine in the neck region. Even secondarily, the shoulder region may become rounded and shift forward. The negative sociological impact is revealed by less time spent in person to person mingling and interaction.
One of the antidotes for this unbalanced and in a certain way, unhealthy lifestyle is self reflection, introspection, well-being and meaningful life. This involves setting aside specific time or periods in the day when you just turn off your cell phone and all the other electronic gadgets. Lie down or sit down and close your eyes. Stand or sit in a quiet place. Reflect, meditate, engage in introspection. Why meaningful self reflection and introspection? Why not just self reflection and introspection? Because it is possible to engage in self reflection and introspection which are only concerned about self and the immediate comfort zone. You think about your career, immediate family and friends, personal success and how to strengthen it. You think about your failures and how to get back on track. Nothing bad at all about all these. However, the word “meaningful” shifts the focus away from the self reflection and introspection being exclusively about you and your immediate associates and environment. The process is now about the good of the larger world. Even when the reflection is in a situation where we are asking the question: Why am I or my loved one afflicted with this potentially deadly disease? One is able to transcend the immediate anguish and hold on to any positive that can result from the situation. This shift in focus is more likely to achieve the goal of self reflection, introspection, well-being and meaningful life.
The ancient Yogis who handed down to us the traditions and principles of yoga call this “Retuning the Mind to Original Silence”. In yoga tradition, this state of meditation is accompanied by the connection with the natural rhythm of our breadth, and developing a wholeness and clarity about our situation. Meaningful self reflection and introspection is mindful by its nature and it encompasses moral thinking and concern about our role in the larger world and how we can lead a life with meaning even in the face of tough challenges. In this mode, the person is able to take stock of his or her blessings despite inexplicable adversities. In another dimension, the person is also able to admit flaws, selfish tendencies and even deviances. These contemplations would ultimately result in overall social, emotional and mental well-being. This is not to say that all that ails a person would suddenly disappear or would even diminish significantly. It is not a guarantee that life would become trouble free. However, people would develop more clarity and awareness of their conditions, desires and behavior. Ultimately, their lives would be testimony to self reflection, introspection, well-being and meaningful life.
So, eat healthy, keep moving, exercise at least three times a week, 45 minutes to one hour per session, keep learning new things and you are on your way to wellness and you would avoid rust. The materials obtained through the links in this post can contribute to the enhancement of your effort to avoid physical and mental rust. The ads on the right side of this page deal with physical and mental fitness, exercise equipments and tools, healthy diets, books on healthy living, wellness and wellbeing. Please feel free to check them out. Also, I look forward to your comments about this post.