Society is funny. We have become consumed with the outside and not so much the inside.
And I’m talking about ourselves. Not other people. Let’s be honest, most of us have some issue with how we appear to other people. We dress up, we put on make up, we ensure our shoes are shined. And we workout and train.
I’m sure there are a number of people, when asked, would say they workout and train to look good. And really, there’s nothing wrong with that. There are secondary benefits to that they may not be aware of. Train to look good. Awesome.
What about the inside?
Exercise does wonders for the inside. The heart, lungs and the muscles under the skin we can’t see. Awesome.
But what about the noggin’? That weight on our shoulders held up by the neck. What about the inside of that? I think we tend to forget about that.
Mental health is an issue. A BIG issue. You can’t see it, you can’t hear it, but you sure as hell can feel it. But nobody wants to talk about it.
It is getting better though.
A while ago I did a ‘float.’ It was a mighty interesting experience and I fully intend to go back. I went to Serenity Float Spa in Regina. You’re alone in a super quiet chamber full of salt water. Amazing.
I’ve also been meditating everyday for damn near two years now. There’s a lot of science put behind why we suffer with stress, anxiety, and depression. There’s also a lot of resources to help deal with it.
I suggest you read Buddha’s Brain for the science behind it and some layman’s ways of dealing with it. It really delves into Mindfulness Meditation and was full of light bulb moments for me.
If you struggle with meditation, there’s an app for that. Insight Timer is awesome. Guided meditations, podcasts, timers and all sorts of goodies. And for the most part it’s free!
Bottom line, everything is connected in our body. Ya, the brain seems a separate thing from our leg, but is it really?
So, ya, go ahead and work on the outside, but don’t forget the inside.