Why Just Physical?

Updated: Jan 10

The start of the new year brings about not so new conversations. For years our culture has been infatuated with tightening up those abs and losing weight. Some even make the crazy attempt to reverse aging features. In any case, many begin the year with a well-thought out plan on how often they will go to the gym and what area of the body to target. What you don't hear from many so physically inclined is a specific outline on how to cultivate healthy regimens to think and feel.

What does it mean to develop a detailed map for mental health? Throughout our lives, we carve out thinking patterns. Some are so entrenched that they dominate our day and our relationships; other are not so prevalent. Styles of thought differ as well. Many are repetitive; others obsessive. To assess accurately how the mind works, you want to ask good questions: How fast or slow do your thoughts travel? How thick do they can become and when exactly? And which direction(s) do they take and why?

Emotions are specific energy flow that have a beginning, a middle point, and an end. Some emotions show themselves more than others. Some emotions can be predictable, while others prove very subtle and evasive. When inquiring into how we feel, you want to learn which emotions you select each morning, afternoon and evening, how fast or slow they pace themselves, what keeps them going and why, and when do they eventually dissipate.

In some cases, thought patterns and emotional passages suggest a more serious concern such as depression or anxiety, both of which are especially prevalent these days. Focusing for too long on emotions while depressed can be counterproductive. Likewise, watching thoughts while struggling with anxiety can make one dizzy. Because tracing thoughts and emotions under these conditions can be difficult, I think it is best to work with a licensed professional.

Is it worth the labor? Our culture has pushed physical training for a long time now--not to mention the some two-hundred diets available. Still, heart disease ranks number one as the cause of death in the U.S. With some studies indicating that mind (which includes emotions) and body have an intimate relationship with each other, it may be worth asking, "Why just the physical?"

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