Why would someone blatantly neglect their health while doggedly guarding their soul?
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In a recent casual encounter with a familiar acquaintance he told of a visit to the doctor where he was advised that "lifestyle changes" were in order for him. He interrupted the professional advice and admitted that he worked to long and hard, ate the wrong foods and didn't exercise. Then he added that he gave up tobacco and alcohol years ago but there weren't going to be anymore lifestyle changes. His opinion is that we all have to die from something so he's not going to worry about it.
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For my personal position, I'm not Richard Simmons but I try to take reasonable care of my health. I do this more for an improved quality of life than for stretching out longevity. I have no patience for the dogma of institutionalized religion but I consider myself more spiritual than most.
Interesting question, Marlin! I think people who neglect their health are not motivated enough to take massive action! They didn't reach the threshold yet. Back in the days when I lived in Canada, I saw an informational about a diet program called "Fresh Start". The owner admitted that she didn't take any action towards losing weight until she was diagnosed as "morbidly obese!"
I hope many people would realize that waiting until it's too late could actually mean it's too late!
Anyway, I guess the short and sweet answer to your question is Dr. Phil's quote:"You can't change what you don't acknowledge."
This guy acknowledges that he should eat better, exercise and should not let work control him. He simply refuses to do what he should.
However, he will NEVER miss church or fail to practice his daily prayer and scripture reading.
Very good question... one that I have thought about for a while already. I wonder if there are foods (or beverages) that can help one's soul, even if they aren't so healthy? Unable to answer such a basic question, you're obviously not going to want to take my advice!
Thank you for the response, Bruce. I sense that you have more to say and, if so, I wish that you had opened up a little more. However, I respect that you might be holding to your zone of comfort.
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Because of the mistaken belief that physical torture is the way to spiritual elevation.
You have to visit India to see this in practice where practices such as fasting unto death are widely practiced with the sole motive of elevation of consciousness.
Fasting is routinely prescribed as means to spiritual elevation.
Thank you for the response, Mahesh.
Within the context of the Indian culture I can understand this even though I disagree with the notion. However, I was speaking more of personal neglect of one's health within the values of western cultures. Specifically, consuming too much of foods and drinks that are not healthy for the body.
Why would one fastidiously nourish their spiritual health while blatantly neglecting their physical health within the values of western culture?
People live by their fantasies and sentiments which they refer to as personal space. So in Western culture and even in India, it is simply individualistic or idiosyncratic behavior which is beyond any rational understanding. But remember we are humans and not machines and there can't be individual humans without individual idiosyncrasies.
Very valid! There many things that are the same around world no matter how different that we seem as separate cultures.
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