Friday, January 22, 2010

Body and Mind, Intertwined

Buddhism has such a strong emphasis on the mind, we don't need to worry about the condition of our bodies, right? Wrong. One thing I find so neat about Buddhism is the great attention that is paid to overall health. This first impacted me when I first heard the Master Venerable Sik Ji Xing speak at Purdue University. When someone asked him about daily practice, he beamed, and went into a long explanation of things we could do every day to improve our health. He even did several demonstrations; how to drink, how to sleep, clapping exercises, breathing techniques, which he invited all of us to participate in. However, when he finished, some people were puzzled. 'But Master, how does what you show us relate to daily life?' He smiled and told us that if you aren't healthy, it is very difficult to practice well. One of the keys to a healthy, beneficial practice is having a healthy, happy body. So go ahead, exercise, eat well, get enough sleep, and stay hydrated! Instead of feeling pressured by images of skinny models and buff bodybuilders, use this advice, and the quote below to motivate you. Just be sure you travel the Middle Way!

May all beings be happy!

"To keep the body in good health is a duty... otherwise we shall not be able to keep our mind strong and clear." Buddha

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