Bhajana

Satsang and Soul

Health and Fitness

There’s not a single aspect of your life that your physical health does not affect. Its intimately connected with everything else- the way you feel emotionally, the way you think, the way you view yourself, the way that others view you, your financial life- everything in your life is affected by your health and fitness.

A win here is a win everywhere. Your health and fitness is your base, its your foundation.

Health and fitness can be relatively simple- that doesn’t mean it is easy- but it is simple.

Success comes linked to two things: What you put into your body and how you use your body. Those two factors represent 80 to 90 per cent of the form.

Your body was designed to be well. The human body is a self-regulating and self healing organism. If you take care of your body and if you give it what it needs to thrive it will stay healthy naturally

Those of you with health problems may feel left out or even indignant at hearing this.

‘I look after myself and I still have significant health problems’

Lets take a look at one of the roots of health problems.

The Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) study (Felliti et al, 1998) was one of the largest investigations ever to assess the association between childhood maltreatment and later health and well-being. It began in the 1980’s, when Dr Vincent Felliti (from Kaiser Permanente’s Health Appraisal Clinic in San Diego) became exasperated by the high drop-out rates in his obesity clinic, despite evidence of significant weight loss. He stumbled upon a link between the development of obesity and childhood sexual abuse. He collaborated with Dr Robert Anda, a researcher from the Centres for Disease Control & Prevention to carry out a study to explore the association between childhood experiences and health throughout life. The study involved over 17,000 people. They were asked about their health history as well as their childhood experiences, specifically the following:

Physical abuse, emotional abuse, sexual abuse, physical neglect, emotional neglect, domestic violence, substance abuse, mental illness, parental separation/divorce, a parent in prison.

The result of this was shocking in many ways.

The more Aces experiences by an individual in childhood, the greater the risk of developing a range of mental, social and health issues as an adult.

If you have been looking after yourself but are still experiencing ill health then you might need to look at your childhood.

Of course maybe we aren’t taking care of our self and don’t understand why. The level at which we are looked after as children gets internalized and we may copy this for the rest of our life. So this is another reason why childhood experiences create poor health later in life.

It might be true that the best thing you can do for your health is to work on your childhood by really getting what happened to you, feeling all your legitimate feelings about it and grieving it. You are likely to find that long term health problems are alleviated by doing this