Sunday, March 23, 2008

True Self and the freedom to choose health

The True Self ...what the heck is it and how does this unique essence in each of us impact our physical, mental, and emotional selves. This key question will be the focus of this blog. I thank you for joining me and sense that this relationship between you the reader and your humble servant :) will help each of us and those relations and groups that are part of our daily lives.

As I read somewhere your True Self is like a light. A pilot light to be exact that was turned on when each of us were conceived and incarnated. The challenge of course is that a pilot light is small and needs other fuel to burst into the true inferno that our lives, bodies, emotions, and thinking are designed for. Hopefully this blog will be fuel to burn away the demons, the held bodily pain, the incorrect negative thinking, and transform our little, fallen natures into a more highly functioning, healthy, present being grounded in "what is" and vulnerable to grace.

The freedom to make healthy choices seems at first pass to be rather simple process. We take in information about say the value of exercise, decide to act and we are off and running or cycling (my favorite) or anything else we fancy. And yet most people quickly discover that regular exercise, 3 or 4 times a week is difficult for most. What are the excuses or stumbling blocks that get in the way and stymie our efforts? The false self is the major stumbling block that informs and drives our thinking and our unhealthy choices. The false self wanders around mostly asleep and reactive searching aimlessly for programs and processes for happiness and health that ultimately do not bear any long lasting fruit. And yet that is where we find ourselves much of the time. We try this diet, we start this exercise program, we make this resolution or promise and we get excited or inspired for a short period of time. But the reality is that we are not providing our pilot lights with the appropriate fuel.

On of the most intriguing aspects of the True Self is that it really cannot be harmed like the false self. The True Self contains the appropriate amount of ego to be truly effective and yet connected to our deepest essence that is one with G_d.

When we seem to possess and use our being and natural faculties in a completely autonomous manner, as if our individual ego were the pure source and end of our own acts, then we are in illusion and our acts [health choices], however spontaneous they may seem to be, lack spiritual meaning and authenticity.
Thomas Merton (quoted from page 36 here)

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