What I have learnt after reading 50 books on holistic health
That I know so little.
I can humbly admit that after reading 50 books from some of the greatest minds on all things of the Body, Mind, and Spirit.
Years ago before I had ever put my hands on a single book I was so sure of my beliefs and viewpoints, particularly with diet, that I couldn’t possibly contemplate alternatives. I fell into the confirmation bias trap that so many do of seeking information and others opinions that confirm my own. This can be a very dangerous trap that will prevent true growth and evolution. In my late teens and early twenties I held my belief around the diet I followed with a level of stubbornness and pride that fortunately I eventually broke through, allowing me to evolve into the human being I am today with continual growth and open-mindedness at my core.
“I cannot remember the books I’ve read any more than the meals I have eaten; even so, they have made me.”
― Ralph Waldo Emerson
You are not your body
You have a body, but you are not your body. You are something much more than that.
You are an indestructible spirit, a unique individual expression of the Source.
This message has resonated consistently across multiple books from respected authors around the world that have spent there fair share of time on the New York Times Bestsellers and have reached millions. Up to even a year or two ago I’d consider anything to do with spirit or God as woo-woo hippie, as I took pride in my logical, critical, evidence-based science mind. Little did I know that I was only limiting my reality, perceptions and the possibility to openly explore the intangible, unknown and illogical world of metaphysics and spirituality.
For as long as I can remember I have always contemplated life and why we are here, with this innate itch and curiosity that there is more than meets the eye. That there is just so much we do not know and probably ever will know. Learning that those that claim they have the answers or “the right way” to be wary of and to be open to those that guide us to our own realisations and discoveries both in the physical realm and spiritual realm.
We are all connected
As quantum physics states, energy cannot be destroyed only transformed. We are beings made up of atoms vibrating at such a high frequency. When we die we may leave our physical bodies but our core essence of spirit lives on beyond what our human senses can perceive.
If you don’t consistently take care of your body (physical health) from what you consume, your environment, to the quality of rest & sleep, that will have a detrimental domino effect on your mind and the ability to think and act from your true core identity. The same goes for your mind. How rampant you let your Ego run amuck and to what you allow to filter into your mind through social media, news, environment and more will affect how you perceive yourself in this world. Holding strong the illusion that you are a separate individual that needs to survive.
We do not “come into” this world; we come out of it, as leaves from a tree. As the ocean “waves,” the universe “peoples.” Every individual is an expression of the whole realm of nature, a unique action of the total universe.
— Alan Watts
Don’t forget to laugh
No matter how hard life can get, no matter the circumstances and relationships we go through, the ability to stand back and have a laugh at it all and at yourself consistently may be one of the most important of them all. My Nan was my best teacher and inspiration for this. Being blind for the later part of her life and was never able to see what her grandchildren grew up to look like. She could always have a laugh and boy was it a laugh that brought a smile to your face.
Life is all about perceptions, based on your beliefs and your understandings. It is your choice how you decide to see yourself and everything else around you.
ADAPT ● EVOLVE ● THRIVE
Dayne Barkley writes on holistic health and lifestlye hacks at daynebarkley.com